With Fanshawe College’s new smoking policies, students and faculty must clear the premise of the campus before lighting one up.
All prior spots that were permitted for smokers have now been moved to entrances outside of the school grounds. Though solving the problem of smoking on campus this does not eliminate the issue of second hand smoke.
The surrounding area of Fanshawe is 20% student population, meaning many of these students walk to school. This means when walking to class, the gym or even the library all students must walk through the cloud of smoke created in these designated smoking areas during peak class hours.
Where before students would be able to avoid these area’s they have now been placed at all key entrances to the campus.
“I don’t see how it is eliminating the problem.” ~Maxmillion Robb, Student at Fanshawe College
This means students approaching from Fleming Drive or Kestrel Court especially don’t have much of an option, and as we know second hand smoke is no joke. It accounts for over 7000 deaths every year.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Disparities in Nonsmokers’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke — United States, 1999-2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. February 6, 2015; 64(4):103-8.
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