Smokers get designated areas on campus

TRU has changed its policy on smoking on campus to restrict smok­ers to nine designated areas.

The policy went into effect on Sept. 1, and restricts smoking to ar­eas outside of Arts & Education, the Campus Activity Centre, House of Learning, the human resources building, the library, Old Main, the science building, new residence and trades. Smoking outside of these des­ignated areas will not be permitted. Locations were chosen “based on volume, proximity to building en­trances, and time allowances between classes,” according to a TRU press release.

“To fulfill its responsibility to pro­vide a safe and healthy environment, TRU endeavors to control and re­duce exposure to harmful substances by restricting tobacco use on the Uni­versity’s property,” the policy reads.

The revised policy is the prod­uct of a committee “representing a cross-section of students and em­ployees from all areas” that has re­ceived the support of TRUSU.

Respiratory Therapy students and TRU Wellness were also involved in the policy’s creation. Beginning on Sept. 11, Respiratory Therapy stu­dents will be at Tobacco Education kiosks around campus taking feed­back on the new designated areas and their locations.

The Omega first reported on Ja­nine Chan’s efforts to bring designat­ed smoking areas to TRU in January. That report cited two studies con­ducted by TRU that showed support for the change. The first was a 2009 survey that showed a majority of the 549 responses wanting a smoke-free environment implemented. In 2011, another survey showed that 71 per cent of 370 respondents wanted to see a change to TRU’s tobacco use policy.

In 2013, TRU was the recipient of the B.C. Champions for Tobac­co-Free Living Award, presented by the B.C. Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

This map, provided by the university, shows the locations of all nine of the designated smoking areas.

This map, provided by the university, shows the locations of all nine of the designated smoking areas.