Campus cashes in on stricter smoking policy
April 14, 2010 10:35 AM
As of yesterday evening, 35 people were cited for smoking in non-designated areas, according to University spokesperson Ellen Griffin.
Beginning on April 12, the Department of Public Safety issued citations of $58 to anyone lighting up in a non-smoking area. Students who do not pay the fee will face financial holds on their registration.
Total revenue for the first two days of the new policy comes to approximately $2,030. On Monday, 20 people were cited while Tuesday racked up 15 more citations. The collected revenue will go toward projects that aim to keep campus smoke-free, according to an e-mail SF State President Robert Corrigan sent to students, staff and faculty in March.
Before the tighter restrictions started this week, there were a total of nine designated smoking areas scattered around campus, some situated outside of high-traffic buildings like HSS.
Now, six of those spaces have been removed, leaving just three on the outer perimeter of the residence halls at Font Boulevard, State Drive and North State Drive.
A faculty member found deliberately hiding near the construction zone of the new library said she understands the complaints made by non-smokers in the campus community.
As a smoker and faculty member, she actually supports the stricter anti-smoking policy, but said the designated areas are simply too far away.
She explained that her smoke breaks are casual five-minute affairs and shouldn't have to be a walk to the park or to the parking structure.
Outside the HSS building, a group of students joined by two professors discussed the reality of University police fining the pack of smokers.
They agreed that non-smokers deserve a smoke-free campus but were reluctant to reveal any identification for fear of receiving a citation.
The University first tightened its smoking policy in August 2004. Until now, if University police officers spotted someone smoking in a non-designated area, they would inform the smoker of the rules and ask them to move to one of the nine designated areas on campus.
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