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: , , , , , , |

Health Resource Center takes an informative approach to cannabis on campus

    As pot smokers seek the ideal spot to sneak in a less-than-legal toke on campus, they cautiously rubberneck for signs of authority. While recreational marijuana legalization was likely the highlight of 2018 for California stoners, the herb is still not permitted on campus. The Student Health Resource Center plans to address lingering questions students may have about policies surrounding the drug. As a component of the Wellness Wednesday workshops, “What’s the 4-1-1 on 4/20?” will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the University Student Union April 18. Wellness Wednesday is a series that consists of a weekly session hosted by staff at Student Health Services. Geared toward providing knowledge on a variety of health and lifestyle trends, the workshop centered on marijuana use will aim to talk cannabis with students. According to Heidi Ortiz, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs coordinator at the resource center, marijuana education has been a component of the program offered at Cal State Long Beach. Despite previous counseling programs that addressed cannabis abuse, this is the first time that the topic is scheduled to dominate the discussion of a Wellness Wednesday. “We’re always thinking of new things to talk

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

Art and Soul Fair promotes student wellness

Offering colorful beads, painting and button making, the Art and Soul Fair is an event catered to students who want to de-stress from their classes.   The Student Health Services hosted the event Wednesday on the Speaker’s Platform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in an effort to promote student wellness through art. While the event was originally meant to promote and raise awareness about the program, Beach Recovery, which was created by Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs program, it has become a valued tradition for students in need of some creative downtime. Among the various arts and crafts stations, there was a booth providing information about the different recovery resources for any students struggling with addiction. The fair marks the fourth semester Student Health Services has put on the event. It has gained popularity among students trying to find a way to forget about the stressors that come with school, work and home and instead focus on art. As the fifth week of classes began, the fair came at a perfect time for students who are already stressed about their workload. “I have a chemistry exam this Friday,” second year biology major Jasmine Nevarez said. “I just got out