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What’s Up with EC: The Future of Smoking on Campus

What used to be an area of depleted grass with a sole picnic table next to the Jean Yawkey Center has become newly sodded, green grass guarded by a simple rope and stick fence.

So much for the one area where you knew could smoke. This section of campus has been blocked off, which has raised concerns about where students are allowed to smoke. These concerns led to information regarding the discussion of smoking policies.

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The sign posted on the fence surrounding the previous smoking area.
Photo: Emily Tourtillotte

Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Patricia Rissmeyer, said in an email interview, “Students, faculty and staff who utilize the Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership Room (glass room) reported that when in that room they were distracted by the smoking outside.” Looking out at a handful of students hanging around the picnic table was not what Emmanuel wanted visitors of the glass room to see. “It wasn’t presenting our best face,” said Rissmeyer.  

 The blocked off area has caused confusion about where students are allowed to smoke. Currently, the Fenway side of Loretto Hall is the only designated spot on campus. If students are seen smoking at other locations on campus, campus safety officers are likely to move them along.

Other colleges are becoming smoke-free. According to their websites, Wheelock College and Wentworth Institute of Technology, both Colleges of the Fenway schools, are smoke-free environments.

“Smoke-free institutions are held up as examples of the direction in which Emmanuel should move,” said Dr. Rissmeyer. Additional conversation will take place as soon as January regarding a tobacco free future.

As for now, some ideas include relocating the second smoking area to the far side of the library by Avenue Louis Pasteur or to the alcove between the JYC and Marian Hall. An official announcement will be made to the community within the coming weeks.

Posted by on October 15, 2013. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.