Viewpoint: Tobacco Ban on Campus

It was welcome news that The Georgia Board of Regents banned all forms of tobacco on University System of Georgia property.

The policy applies to all employees, students, contractors, subcontractors and visitors, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Over 30 colleges in Georgia will join the 1,100 schools nationwide that have already implemented the restrictions. The ban will end all forms of tobacco including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

According to a national survey almost 20% of students in the system between the ages of 18 and 24 could be identified as tobacco users, and cancer society workers say students should pay attention to the dangers of tobacco use.

"You're still putting those toxins in your body that can cause cancer.  Those who dip or use snuff, I mean, you can get mouth cancer.

There are other types of cancer you can get from using those tobacco product rather than just inhaling smoke."

Hopefully, this campus ban will take the convenience out of tobacco use and help lower the number of students who smoke, dip or chew. The ban takes effect October 1st.

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