Long Beach State needs to enforce a stricter smoking policy

Let’s just throw it out there, the smell of cigarette smoke is awful and is a nuisance when walking to class or just walking around on campus. In fact, smoking in general is a nasty habit. Long Beach State is meant to be a 100 percent smoke, vapor and tobacco free environment, according to the Breathe Campaign which was implemented in 2013. Despite having signs promoting a smoke-free campus, students and faculty ignore them and continue to smoke vapes and cigarettes with disregard to policies that are aimed at providing students and employees a safe working and learning environment. Seeing people overlook the signs show they don’t care about any kind of school policy and have no concern for their fellow students passing by and inhaling the smoke. There are fines for smoking in public places such as restaurants, bars, hotels, etc., and the campus needs to have a stronger crackdown when it comes to enforcing it’s smoking policies. They can better enforce this by giving out fines to people who are caught smoking, as well as academic holds if citations are not paid. According to USA Today, studies show that tobacco-free campuses help students quit smoking. Many schools that

By | 2018-10-16T10:12:51-07:00 Oct 16, 2018 | 10:12 am|Categories: Columns, Opinions|Tags: , , , |

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: , , , , , , , , , , |

A CSULB taskforce intends to address student vote for tobacco free campus

Following a passing vote of 64 percent from California State University, Long Beach students, a newly formed taskforce will begin its second meeting on Feb. 27 to address the likelihood of implementing a smoking ban on campus. To achieve the “smoke-free” policy, the CSU aimed to form a special committee for each campus to tackle the issues. In January 2015, CSULB President Jane Close-Conoley launched a task force comprised of 20 faculty members and representatives of various groups on campus to develop a campus-wide tobacco-free policy and implementation plan. “It has all the campus constituencies represented and it is to look at the issue of public health and what would be the [effects] of moving to a tobacco free campus and if we do move that way, how we would implement such a change,” said Mary Stephens, the vice president of administration and finance, who helped assemble the taskforce. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 42 million adults in the United States currently smoke tobacco. Out of those adults that smoke/ almost 19 percent are between the ages of 18 and 24. The CSULB taskforce plans to survey the campus and its students to come up

By | 2015-02-26T12:47:07-07:00 Feb 26, 2015 | 12:34 pm|Categories: Daily 49er Video, News|Tags: , , |

Ban cigarette smoking at CSULB

Every morning when I get to campus, the sun has only just risen, the wind is rustling through the tress and the pleasant smell of eucalyptus is drifting through the air. Then suddenly, a repugnant cloud of smoke hits me in the face and forces its way through my nostrils or mouth and goes down into my lungs. I try to breathe out and hold my breath, but I can’t get far enough away from the toxic cloud before I need to inhale again. “I feel like the smokers section is a chill place to hang out,” Knoi Pham, a first year biochemistry major, said. “Anywhere else, people won’t randomly talk to each other.” I guess he’s never gone bowling, played pool or visited that room with all of the game systems in it inside the USU. He was accepted to another university, but when he found out that smoking was completely banned there, he decided to come here instead. California State University, Long Beach has many attributes for which it ought to be proud, but the failure to ban smoking is not one of those things. In January 2013, the student senate voted to ban smoking and the sale

By | 2015-02-05T12:03:25-07:00 Feb 5, 2015 | 2:00 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Showcase|Tags: , , , |