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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:00 am

Cigarettes are an increasingly controversial subject and it seems as though whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker, you are stepping on someone’s toes.

Coast Community College District Board Policy 3550 is the most recent discussion to be thrown on the burner in our ASOCC conference room.

BP 3550 deals with the Drug and Smoke-Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program. This policy, in the past, has underlined a completely alcohol and drug free campus.

However, it is now revised to also restrict the use of any tobacco product on campus, including but not limited to: cigarettes, pipes, cigars or smokeless/chewing tobacco.

BP 3550 states a handful of reasons for this new potential ban, like the dangers of second-hand smoke or maintaining an educational and healthy environment.

It also extends this rule to faculty, staff, administrators and essentially anyone who sets foot on the Orange Coast College property.

If this policy goes into effect, information about smoking-cessation programs would be provided to students as needed.

In order to ensure compliance, violation of the policy by any student or employee would result in disciplinary action.

During our discussions of this policy there were ample ideas being explored. Some thought the campus should go cold turkey and not allow smoking anywhere from the center of campus to the edges of the parking lots, while others thought designated smoking areas would be a better route.

Needless to say, powerful arguments were made for both sides, and our student representatives are relaying as much student opinion as possible back to the District Council.

Interested in joining the conversation? We welcome you to join us at any of our weekly meetings, which are listed below:

• College Life Committee, Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

• Communications Taskforce, TBD

• InterClub Council, Tuesdays 11:10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

• SGOCC Executive Board, Mondays 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

• SGOCC Senate, Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

• Fiscal Affairs Council, Thursdays 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

• Advocacy Committee, Thursdays 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.