aping also a casualty of new policy
By Jake Wray, News Editor
Life will be far less convenient for nicotine addicts at Douglas College beginning September 1.
The College has banned smoking of tobacco and cannabis, vaping, and chewing tobacco on its campuses, according to a press release posted on the College website.
The College enacted the new policy out of concern for student’s health and because other schools did it, according to an information document about the new policy.
“Douglas College chose to go smoke-free to provide a healthy and safe work and study environment for its community members. The decision is in line with other educational institutions choosing to go smoke-free,” the document reads.
“We are dedicated to providing a healthy and safe environment for both employees and students, as well as the community around Douglas. This change lets us join the growing ranks of public institutions that are going smoke-free,” Nancy Constable, director of safety, security and risk management said in the press release.
Students concerned about not having enough time to smoke between classes should get medical help, according to Douglas College.
“We acknowledge this initiative will impact some individuals and we encourage you to seek medical advice to help manage nicotine cravings during class and working hours,” the information document reads.
Prior to creating the new policy, Douglas College issued a survey which found “more than 75 percent of respondents were bothered by second-hand smoke to some degree,” according to the press release.
Those caught smoking, vaping, or chewing on campus once the ban takes effect will be asked to cease at once, or vacate the premises, according to the information document. Continued violation of the ban could be a violation of the Douglas College student code of conduct.
Use of tobacco for Indigenous ceremonial purposes will still be allowed, according to the information document.
Cannabis smoke will not be permitted even after legalization. Smoking, vaping, and chewing will not be allowed in personal vehicles on campus.