Kent State University and the University of Akron have announced that it will be going Tobacco-Free by July 1st. Students appear to have mixed feelings about the ban. Experts had previously commented on the dangers of second hand smoke.

The Announcement

Starting July 1st, University of Akron and Kent State University have announced that their campuses will be going tobacco-free. They plan to ban both tobacco products as well as vaping products.

The Board of Trustees had introduced these policies last year in hopes that they could create a healthier environment for their students.

According to the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigaretts are the leading cause for preventable diseases and death in the United States. It says that it kills over 480,000 people per year.

“There are things that faculty or students can do but really right now it’s all voluntary and self-governing and the university has a whole lot of smoke sensation programs both for students and employees to help them out” said Lisa Craig with the University of Akron.

“One of the important initiatives of Kent State is our healthy campus initiative, and probably nothing is more important to that than going the smoke-free route,” said Bradley Bielski, Kent State’s Administrative Officer. “I am totally and fully supportive, and glad President (Beverly) Warren took this up as a matter.”

“We’re thrilled that we’ve finally taken this important step that will have long-term benefits for students and employees.”

Comments on the Ban

There appear to be mixed opinions about this ban. A UA student, Caitlin Villers said, “Personally, I’m not a fan of smoking, and as someone with allergies and asthma, it’s great to hear.”

Lataiz Stribling Jr., a student studying nursing said doesn’t smoke but, but is against this decision. “It’s not weed that they’re smoking. It’s cigarettes, which is legal.

“Stribling said. “I feel like you’re outside (and) you should be able to smoke. We’re all grown. We’re not children, so if we want to smoke, we want to smoke.”

Many experts have previously commented about the risks of second hand smoke, some even deeming it more dangerous that first hand smoke. An expert from Stanford University, said:

“Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can cause cardiovascular disease and could trigger acute cardiac events, such as heart attack,” and that “inhaling even the smallest amount of tobacco smoke can also damage your DNA, which can lead to cancer.”


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