NBC 26 news localized a story about UW-Stevens Point’s new campus smoking ban during a Tuesday (Aug. 27) evening newscast, talking with spokespeople here and at UW Oshkosh about policies in place. Neither campus bans smoking outright, but instead requires smokers to stand at least 30 feet away from all buildings and facilities when lighting up. “Given the nature of our campus — we are almost 700 acres — it would be difficult to enforce,” said UW-Green Bay’s Kelly Moore. She added that the University recently updated its smoking policy to include e-cigarettes, a change that took place last semester. Full story.
UW-Green Bay’s official Policy on Smoking now includes inhalant delivery systems — better known as “e-cigarettes” — meaning the same restrictions that apply to traditional cigarettes now apply to the electronic systems, as well. That means they’re banned in all state-owned campus buildings and campus vehicles, and within 30-feet of all state-owned campus buildings, indoor and outdoor facilities and University Housing. A committee of representatives from Public Safety, Dean of Students, University Housing, Health and Counseling and Student Government, along with the Campus Risk Manager, recommended the change, which was approved by Chancellor Tom Harden with the advice of his Cabinet. Several UW System campuses have thusly amended their smoking policies — La Crosse, River Falls and Stevens Point among them — while UW-Platteville and Superior allow the devices in residents’ rooms but nowhere else. The UW-Green Bay policy has been updated online: www.uwgb.edu/publicsafety/policies/policy_smoking.htm.