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November 12, 2012

I understand that it’s been a little while since the smoking ban has been in the news, but let us revisit it once more. I find it critical to point out a few more things that have failed to be addressed in this newspaper, and I’m going to start from square one: health.

November 9, 2012

The Law School Student Body (LSSB) Senate of The University of Mississippi’s School of Law has passed a proposal regarding the university’s new smoke-free campus policy. 

The Law School Student Body (LSSB) Senate of The University of Mississippi’s School of Law has passed a proposal regarding the university’s new smoke-free campus policy.
With the new smoking policy taking effect in January 2013, the Senate’s goal is to stop the implementation of the ban.
“We are confident there are better solutions than an outright ban,” said Cory Ferraez, second-year law student and LSSB senator.
The new proposal consists of alternatives such as enforcing the previously designated smoking areas and increasing signage that warns others of the designated smoking areas.

September 26, 2012

The Associated Student Body hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the campus-wide smoking ban Wednesday night.

The Associated Student Body hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the campus-wide smoking ban Wednesday night.
At the beginning, information was given to the audience in regard to the reasoning behind the smoking ban, after which the floor was opened for questions, comments and concerns.
The reason behind the new smoking ban was the overall health of the students at the university.
A survey was given by students on campus last year to determine how they would feel about a smoke-free campus.

September 25, 2012

Dear Editor,

I read Adam Blackwell’s article on September 20th, and I feel that his opinion on the smoke free policy had a few flaws.
First, his using the ban on cigarettes in “the workplace, bars or restaurants” was completely irrelevant to the situation. Those are enclosed buildings, and I don’t believe anyone is asking to be allowed to smoke in any buildings on campus.

September 24, 2012

Students, faculty and staff alike have recently found the University of Mississippi community divided by debate concerning the university-wide smoking ban enacted this past summer.

Students, faculty and staff alike have recently found the University of Mississippi community divided by debate concerning the university-wide smoking ban enacted this past summer.
 
Shannon Richardson, assistant director of campus recreation and co-chair of the Smoke-Free Policy Implementation Committee, said a resolution was passed last year for a smoke-free campus by the Associated Student Body.
 

September 20, 2012

 
When I came back to Ole Miss this semester, I noticed something different about the landscape and buildings on our beautiful campus.
Everywhere you look, yard signs, posters and stickers signal that The University of Mississippi is now a smoke-free campus. Personally, I am extremely happy with this policy shift; however, many students, faculty and staff are upset with the policy. This smoke free policy has been a major point of debate since the fall semester began, and the debate doesn’t seem to be quieting down.

September 11, 2012

I am a conservative who leans very libertarian, except on moral and social issues. If you’ve read my articles then you know there’s no doubt about this.
This is why my attitudes toward the smoking ban will surprise some people. I’m talking John Roberts and the Obamacare ruling type of surprise; I doubt any conservative or libertarian will agree. Here it is: The logic behind the smoking ban is perfectly sound.
The smoking ban is a terrible idea, but the reasoning behind it is acceptable. We choose to attend Ole Miss, go to games here and work here.

September 10, 2012

What has been a big controversy since the beginning of the school year has received student and faculty responses. On Friday in the Grove, a peaceful, non-violent protest was led by the Facebook group, “Smoke Up The Grove,” started by two Ole Miss law students.

What has been a big controversy since the beginning of the school year has received student and faculty responses. On Friday in the Grove, a peaceful, non-violent protest was led by the Facebook group, “Smoke Up The Grove,” started by two Ole Miss law students. The group invited anyone interested in smoking to smoke during the protest. Also, any non-smokers who were against the ban were welcomed to attend the protest. Ole Miss students and faculty protested the zero-tolerance smoking ban by signing a petition to stop the university from passing the zero-tolerance law.

September 7, 2012

The recent decision to ban smoking on campus at the University of Mississippi has been met with criticism from staff and students alike. The criticism is coming to a head today at 1 p.m. in the Grove when a group, led by two school students, will protest the ban.

The recent decision to ban smoking on campus at the University of Mississippi has been met with criticism from staff and students alike. The criticism is coming to a head today at 1 p.m. in the Grove when a group, led by two school students, will protest the ban. Chase Bradstreet and Kyle Jones are third-year law students and casual smokers. The duo started a Facebook group called “Smoke Up The Grove” which invites anyone interested to smoke cigars or cigarettes during the protest. The smoking ban will not be fully enforced until Jan. 1, 2013.

August 30, 2012

Before Isaac set his course to drench North Mississippi, there was supposed to be a protest of the University’s new smoking ban in the Grove today. Smokers and nonsmokers alike have RSVPed to the facebook event, which states in the description that “[t]his isn’t about smokers versus non smokers. It’s about freedom and personal responsibility.”

August 23, 2012

Dear Editor,

August 19, 2012

Returning and new students, faculty and staff take note, Ole Miss is now a 100 percent smoke-free campus. 

Returning and new students, faculty and staff take note, Ole Miss is now a 100 percent smoke-free campus.
A new “Smoke-Free Policy,” which completely bans smoking at the University of Mississippi, went into effect Aug. 1.
Under this policy, students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus can not smoke any tobacco products that create smoke, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and electric cigarettes. Tobacco products which are not lighted are permitted.

July 9, 2012

 
Dear Editor,

June 28, 2012

Smokers should start chewing tobacco. Yesterday, June 27, the Smoke-Free Campus Policy Implementation Committee finalized and approved the “Smoke-Free Campus Policy,” which will prohibit smoking at all locations of the University of Mississippi Oxford Campus with no exceptions.

Smokers should start chewing tobacco. Yesterday, June 27, the Smoke-Free Campus Policy Implementation Committee finalized and approved the “Smoke-Free Campus Policy,” which will prohibit smoking at all locations of the University of Mississippi Oxford Campus with no exceptions.
 
The vote was made because of the possible health effects of second-hand smoke. The essential idea is, as one committee member put it, “not in my backyard.” But the question is, whose “backyard” is it?
 

June 27, 2012

Ole Miss will officially be a smoke-free campus beginning this fall.

Ole Miss will officially be a smoke-free campus beginning this fall.
 
The Smoke-Free Campus Policy Implementation Committee finalized and approved a policy that will ban smoking on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi.
 

April 18, 2012

I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. Really, I have never even had the desire. I understand and have researched the health related problems that are linked to smoking. In this same column a few weeks ago, I called for the Mississippi Legislature to raise the state cigarette tax.

Based on that, one would think that I would be in favor of a campus wide smoking ban. However, I am not.

April 11, 2012

A campus-wide smoking ban is on the table for the University of Mississippi. 

 

A campus-wide smoking ban is on the table for the University of Mississippi. 

Ole Miss currently has around 30 designated smoking areas and prohibits students from smoking outside of these areas. Violating the rules can earn smokers a $25 ticket. 

Student Senator Jessica Brouckaert said via email that the Associated Student Body Senate has passed the ban. The Division of Student Affairs has also supported the effort, but the Lyceum has not yet issued a ban on smoking or tobacco use on campus.

March 21, 2012

Mississippi has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation at $0.68 a pack, regardless of the sale price of the pack. The highest is New York at $4.35 a pack.

 

Mississippi has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation at $0.68 a pack, regardless of the sale price of the pack. The highest is New York at $4.35 a pack.

Meanwhile, a 2002 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that each pack of cigarettes sold costs society $7.18 in medically related expenses and loss of work due to early death from smoking-related illness.

This means the state of Mississippi carries a $6.50 burden on each pack of cigarettes sold in the state. That does not look very good.

March 1, 2012

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled against federal regulations requiring graphic advertisements to be placed on tobacco products.

 

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled against federal regulations requiring graphic advertisements to be placed on tobacco products.

The images range from smoke in the face of a baby held in its mother’s arms, rotting lungs and a man smoking through a tracheotomy hole in his neck. 

The push and pull between health groups and tobacco companies revolves around the fact that, in our country, cigarettes and other tobacco products are not only legal but popular.

November 15, 2011

Students may see some serious changes being made to the University of Mississippi’s tobacco policy in the semesters to come. With resolutions being worked on by the Associated Student Body and the Division of Student Affairs, students may see their campus take steps toward becoming smoke free.
In doing so, Ole Miss would join the ranks of other SEC schools that have smoke-free campuses, including the University of Kentucky, the University of Florida and the University of Arkansas.

September 22, 2011

Members of the Associated Student Body cabinet have begun the discussion of amending the university’s smoking laws.

Members of the Associated Student Body cabinet have begun the discussion of amending the university’s smoking laws.
There are 38 designated smoking areas around campus, which are enforced by the University Police Department, to help protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke. These areas first came about in 2007.
However, these designated areas are not always used appropriately. Over the past two and half years, UPD has given out approximately 250 tobacco citations.

July 20, 2011

 

Lately, Mississippi has taken great strides toward cleaner, smoke-free air. With more local smoke-free air laws passed than any other state, Mississippi is pushing away from its past reputation of poor health.  

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a national non-profit organization, awarded Mississippi Smoke-free Air advocates and Mississippi cities first place in the Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge for 2010.  

April 19, 2011

University of Mississippi and Oxford are taking steps to cut down on the amount of smokers in the area.

University of Mississippi and Oxford are taking steps to cut down on the amount of smokers in the area.

Different area programs are attempting to help smokers find an easy and supportive way to stop smoking, including the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition and the Act Now program.

The VB Harrison Student Health Center features a program called Act Now, which features one-on-one counseling with students to find a solution to quit.