Tobacco-Free Policy moves to Faculty Senate – MU Parthenon


The Parthenon

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013


With the passing of the Tobacco Free Policy, Marshall University is one step closer to becoming tobacco free.

The executive committee approved the recommendation Monday for the next Faculty Senate agenda.

The proposed policy, drafted by the Student Government Association, will eliminate the use of all tobacco products on Marshall’s campus. The banned items including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes, dip, pipes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah or waterpipe smoking and snuss. The policy would apply to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and visitors on campus indoors and outdoors.

EJ Hassan, student president pro-tempore, said he supported the policy during the meeting and that Stephen Kopp, university president, commissioned a committee to draft the policy.

“We looked at a lot of data from past assessment days and from when faculty was assessed about this,” Hassan said.  “It seemed there was an overwhelming majority of both students and faculty that were in support of a campus wide tobacco ban.”

Last year’s assessment day results showed 71 percent of students and 74 percent of faculty would like a tobacco-free campus.

Wendy Trzyna, committee member of the College of Science, said she was in favor of the policy.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Trzyna said. “I’m glad it’s finally happening.”



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