Smokers continue to find places to light up at CSULB

Although smoking was banned from Cal State Long Beach in 2016, you wouldn’t know that walking through the campus halls. The Breathe Campaign was implemented at the university in 2013 in an effort to eliminate smoking on campus. In Fall 2016, the campaign officially banned tobacco and e-cigarettes from campus. Despite this, students have found hidden areas on campus to light up. A 24-year-old transfer student, who wished to remain anonymous, was found smoking near the dumpster area by the library and said he’s been “harrassed by the people in the green shirts.” He said even though there are claims that cigarettes harm the environment, what environmentalists should worry about are e-cigarettes, which are non-biodegradable. According to the university tobacco and smoking policy, during the first three years of this adopted policy, violators will be given cessation and policy awareness cards. Although the policy will not take effect until February 2019, smokers can still be ticketed at a University Police officer's discretion. The campus can treat these as violations against the California Education Code, said Claire Garrido-Ortega, a chair for The Breathe Campaign. Other universities, such as Cal State Fullerton, have also adopted a ban on smoking. The campaign is

By | 2018-04-15T21:04:56-07:00 Apr 15, 2018 | 9:04 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

New campaign looks to breathe life into CSULB

Over 20 tombstones encircled the grass in front of the bookstore Wednesday morning displaying the names and faces of icons whose lives were lost to smoking-related illnesses. Celebrities such as Patrick Swayze, David Bowie and Walt Disney were some of the individuals represented on the tombstones. The event was put on by Student Health Service’s Breathe Campaign and was to encourage awareness about the consequences of smoking cigarettes, electronic-cigarettes and vaping. Students passing by had the option to add their own tombstone in memory of someone they’ve lost to smoking. Students also got the chance to guess how many cigarette butts were in a huge glass jar for a chance to win a t-shirt. “This is just from Monday,” said Andres Avila, intern for the Cal State Long Beach Breathe Campaign and senior science major. She spent over three hours with a group walking around campus picking up cigarette butts. The jar contained over 2,000 butts. The rest of the booth had mints, gum and a “stop-smoking kit” filled with chewable candies and informational pamphlets. There was also a paper fortune teller with tobacco facts such as “cigarette smoke contains over 5,000 chemicals, 50 of which lead to cancer,” and

By | 2017-11-15T23:53:28-07:00 Nov 15, 2017 | 11:53 pm|Categories: Campus, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

The fading vape culture

Even though Cal State Long Beach forbids the use of tobacco and vaporizers on campus, students and faculty are still trying to find places to sate their craving. Isabella Lanza, assistant professor of human development, attempts to find why they do it. Lanza created the Risky Health Among Adolescents and Young Adults lab in 2015 to study co-occurring health risks such as obesity and substance use in adolescence and young adults. Researchers at the lab tackle these topics through studying health risks among populations. Last year, the lab conducted a yearlong study on campus which focused on behaviors that increased health-risks including the act of “vaping.” They set up a table and surveyed 500 undergraduate students. Although vaporizers contain less chemicals and don’t involve inhaling smoke, the devices still use nicotine, a highly addictive chemical. Lanza found that, in 2016, 40 percent of undergraduates had tried using a vaporizer. According to Lanza, the study was one of the first that included an ethnically diverse college population. Her results suggested that vaping was normative by that time. "We found that there were no ethnic differences across students on vaping use, so that was really interesting," she said. "There was also no

By | 2017-11-14T00:31:35-07:00 Nov 14, 2017 | 12:31 am|Categories: Features, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Breathe Campaign: CSULB adjusts to smoking ban

Cigarettes, vape pens and all other tobacco related products have been banned on the Cal State Long Beach campus since last semester. Yet, while university administration is pleased with the progress being made, some students have found ways to skirt the policy. Certain parts of campus, such as behind the design and psychology buildings, are more or less secret places where students go to smoke on campus. Junior English education Victoria Dries said that she tries to be respectful of the ban, even though she thinks it’s ridiculous. “I personally follow [the ban] to the best of my ability, but I’ve never been an obnoxious smoker,” she said. “Sometimes between classes when I don’t have time to walk to the streets and smoke, I definitely smoke in the hidden spots on campus not a lot of people walk around. But there’s a lot of us who sneak around. I don’t appreciate the little green shirt wearers who tell me I should get help.” The Fresh Air Advocates, comprised of students from CSULB’s Health Science Department, frequently wear green Breathe Campaign shirts when they’re on duty. They posted information signs, hosted informational booths and removed ashtrays around campus leading up to

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