Selling tobacco on campus is hypocritical
CVS shocked most of America by recently announcing its ban on tobacco products in its stores. As an employee of this company, I could not have been happier. This is a powerful example being set by a major retailer. It is a promising sign that Americans are becoming more committed to creating a healthier society by reducing tobacco related deaths, cancer, heart disease and a host of other health problems caused by tobacco. This could eventually lead to lower healthcare costs. So why is JMU still operating under policies that support tobacco; a product that even corporate America has deemed too dangerous?
According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) website, 1,182 college campuses adopted 100 percent smoke free policies at the beginning of this year. The health risks of smoking are well-documented and undeniable. Both tobacco and secondhand smoke kill; therefore, it makes sense for public institutions to adopt these policies.