Palomar College board to vote on tobacco ban
The Palomar College governing board Tuesday will consider banning smoking and tobacco from its properties in an effort to “promote the safety and health of students, employees and the public.”
The proposal follows several years worth of planning by the Associated Student Government, staff, faculty and administrators, said college spokeswoman Laura Gropen.
“There were a number of students who felt very strongly that for health purposes it was important not to have smoking on campus,” she said.
The college currently restricts smoking to several designated spots on campus. Signs posted outside the cafeteria inform students that the college “is a designated smoking area campus,” and warn them not to smoke near the food courts.
Nonetheless, said student Kika Rivera, 21, students frequently ignore those prohibitions.
“Honestly, I see people smoking in front of the cafeteria,” said Rivera, a student in the radio TV program, adding that “environmentally, it would be a lot more beautiful” without smoking.
However, she said the college should accommodate students who can’t kick the habit.
Yvette Montleone, 46, said she feels the designated smoking areas are a reasonable compromise, and don’t harm nonsmokers like herself.
“The reality is, people smoke and it’s an addiction,” she said. “Let them have a little area to smoke.”
Oscar Morales, 18, said he’s content with limited smoking areas, and doesn’t understand the effort to ban smoking outright.
“I think it’s OK just having a little section here for us,” he said. “I’m not hurting anybody.”