Revised tobacco policy on campus

By Kellie Lagoy

On Oct. 30, President Scott D. Miller released one of his frequent Nota Bene emails in regards to the tobacco policy at VWC.

The new policy notes that Virginia Wesleyan College recognizes the danger of tobacco smoke and other vapors as a “significant health hazard.” Because of the recognized danger, the policy states that there is no smoking permitted within 25 feet of any building on campus. The distance keeps vapors from entering ventilation systems, windows and doors.

The policy defines tobacco as “any lighted or unlighted cigarette (clove, bidis, kreteks), cigars, cigarillos, pipes, and any other smoking product. This also includes smokeless, spit or spitless, dissolvable, or inhaled tobacco products, including but not limited to: dip, chew, snuff or snus, in any form (orbs, sticks, pellet, etc.). “

Since those using tobaccos will be required to stay 25 feet from buildings, the campus will be placing smoking urns 25 feet from select buildings on campus, and smoking areas will be placed on campus as needed.