Smoking or Vaping on Campus? Sorry! After Sept 1 No More

Smoking or Vaping on Campus? Sorry! After Sept 1 No More

CSULB students, welcome back to The Beach! We have a new policy that will go into effect this semester: Starting September 1st, 2016 our campus will be smoke, vapor, and tobacco free. This new policy is being implemented through the BREATHE campaign, which promotes everyone’s right to breathe fresh air. If you’re curious as to how this new policy may affect you, check out scenarios below:

Non-Smokers
Scenario 1: You’re leaving the library after a long study session with your Starbucks in hand, bag full of books, and a look that says you are ready to go home. You step outside and your nostrils are soon hit with the smell of second-hand smoke. Fumes are everywhere and now they are all you can notice.

Impact on You: This scenario will soon be a thing of the past. Starting September 1st, smoking, vaping, and tobacco products will be prohibited on campus.

Side Note: Although you may not be a smoker, you’re probably aware of how difficult it can be to stop smoking. Let’s try and be empathetic to those who will soon be unable to smoke on campus. Your patience, support, and understanding are all needed to make this campus a healthier place.

Smokers
Scenario 2: You’ve just finished preparing for a big test. You’re mentally drained and need an afternoon pick-me-up. You light your cigarette to unwind and all you notice are people giving you dirty looks or avoiding your path. No matter where you move, people seem to be upset.

Impact on You: Because of the new policy, you will have to travel off campus to either 7th street orBellflower Blvd to smoke. Students who may have difficulty not smoking are encouraged to stop by the Student Health Services for help.

Side Note: No one likes being told what to do. You’re probably sick of constantly hearing how bad smoking is for you. This policy is not an attempt to force you to quit smoking. This policy is to create a healthier environment for all. 

Resources: 
If you are trying to quit smoking, or just make it through the day, Student Health Services is here to help. We offer many resources such as:
  •  Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (Patches, Gum)
  •  Non-Nicotine Medication (Zyban)
  • We also offer a support group calledNew Beginnings, which offers recovery support for all addictions, every Monday from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. at the Soroptomist House on campus. 
  • Individual health education counseling 
  • For more information contact Heidi Ortiz at (562-985-5859) or at heidi.ortiz@csulb.edu.
bBy Adam Vargas

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