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Regents approve making SFA "tobacco and vape free"

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Effective Aug. 22, SFA will be a tobacco and vape free campus. SFA Regents gave their stamp of approval in a meeting on Tuesday.

Even without the policy the campus is already pretty much tobacco free. The time has come where a visitor actually has to search for a smoker.

"A university is charged with not only protecting and growing the academic mind, but also protecting the health of their students, their faculty staff and their administrators, so this is the right thing for us to do on campus, said Student Government President Tristan Harris.

Regents said with that attitude, the best policy enforcers will be the students. As of now, no penalties for smoking are in place.

I think it will be gradual, polite, diplomatic sort of enforcement, said SFA Regent Barry Nelson. We believe that's the right way to do it and that will work.

SFA Sophomore Emily Schneider, who calls herself a polite smoker, will follow the rules, even though she doesn't support the vote for a totally smoke free campus.

"I kind of wish that maybe they hadn't because now for people who are smokers, like me, we have to go all the way off campus to smoke, Schneider explained. I feel like that's unfair."

E-cigarettes are included in the ban. Even non-smoker Justin Becerra, who calls smoking suicidal, can see a compromise with the vaporizers. 

They don't stink, Becerra said. They don't make you smell bad. They don't ruin your teeth, so I don't think they should ban those, but I do agree with banning cigarettes."

The policy starts in six months.

The university plans to offer and promote tobacco prevention and education programming on campus. Resources will be offered to smokers who want to quit using tobacco products.

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