Today is National Quit Smoking Day and Idaho State University is doing their part to become a smoke free campus. Summer Haase stops by to see if the smoke is clearing at ISU.
Idaho State University students from the Public Health Student Association, The SHEPHERD’s Club, and a couple of health course are coming together to celebrate today by taking down the signs that state, “no smoking within 20 feet.”
One ISU student, Dave Mark, said “Why don’t we get a lot of people and kind of have it be like an activist movement. Hey, we don’t agree with no smoking with in 20 feet. We want no smoking on this campus.”
These students put together a survey for students and professors to get an idea of what the consensus was at ISU for becoming a smoke a free campus. When it comes to caring about student health, ISU isn’t blowing smoke. This is how far away you have to be from campus. You have to be off campus.
The policy basically states that smoking is prohibited on campus, that ISU is committed to promoting a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
“Second hand smoke is worse than actually smoking. So I’m glad to be apart of this movement and it will help everyone else to live a healthier life style,” said Travis Martin, the ISU student President of the SHEPHERD's club.
At least 826 colleges and university across the Unites States have adopted this smoke free policy. These students have hopes that this policy won’t just help with the second hand smoke, but will help inspire other to stop or not to start.
“It’s really exciting to give students the opportunity to make real changes on campus. They are making a difference by what they are doing today. It’s been really fun for me to see the changes they can make with even simple things; like removing stickers from the windows,” added an ISU Program Director, Rhonda D'Amico.
ISU’s smoke free policy is enforced by education and peer support, rather than penalties. For those wishing to kick the habit altogether, ISU’s Wellness Center is going to offer cessation workshops.