What you need to know about UT’s tobacco ban
Trevor Stearns, Staff Reporter
The long controversial tobacco ban around campus was instated recently in an attempt to make the school a healthier place.
The tobacco ban, established last spring, also bans chewing tobacco, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snus and pipes.
Many students agree with the ban, including Alexis Blavos, a fourth-year doctoral graduate assistant in the Department of Health and Recreation Professions. Having smoked for ten years before quitting ten years ago, Blavos said the initiative is fantastic.
“Over 1,000 universities across the country have gone tobacco-free in the last few years,” Blavos said. “I’m glad that UT is finally following this trend.”
Blavos also mentioned that in her Ph.D. program research, she found studies conducted to show that tobacco-free campuses improve the health and satisfaction of students, faculty, and staff.
“It truly is an initiative that promotes the health of all students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Blavos said. “I’m proud to go to a tobacco-free campus.”
Austin Warchol, a first-year majoring in mechanical engineering, agreed with Blavos.
“The smoking and overall tobacco ban is a great thing in my eyes,” Warchol said. “During the summer I was around enough secondhand smoke at work, and it makes me happy to know that I don’t have to worry about any of the health risks that come with smoke-filled air.”
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