UPEI to have a smoke free campus

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has announced that its campus will be completely smoke-free starting Sept 1.  According to a press release on the UPEI website, this decision comes after a review that took place from May 2015 to May 2016, where a working group that consisted of students, staff, faculty, and community partners conducted research that included a campus-wide survey followed by public consultations.  The updated policy bans tobacco in all its forms on campus including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, and any other form of tobacco. Additionally, the policy also prohibits the advertisement as well as sale, promotion, and distribution of tobacco on campus, although exceptions will be made for Indigenous cultural ceremonies. Hammad Ahmed, president […]

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Letter: Campuses should not go smoke-free

McGill University has proposed an entirely smoke-free campus, but Carleton should not follow suit. As terrible for you as smoking might be, everyone should have a right to do it. We all know that smoking causes cancer. As a non-smoker, no one likes breathing in a heavy cloud of cancerous smoke on their way to class or the library. Everyone should have clean air, but if we start to ban smoking entirely, it becomes a slippery slope to infringing on students’ freedom. Carleton’s current smoking policy is prohibition of smoking within 10 meters of any entrance or exit, and any intake or open window for any building or residence. It came into effect in August 2008, and is a fair […]

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