Jan 10, 2014 8:00 PM by Kari Beal
Louisiana State University at Eunice is tobacco-free as the new semester starts Monday. The move is in compliance with a state law that went into effect last year.
Senate Bill-36 is one of hundreds that passed the legislature last year. It requires all public colleges to develop a smoke-free policy and have it enacted by August 1, 2014. The law includes cigars, pipes, hookah-smoked products, and chewing tobacco.
"The policy hopefully will allow us to achieve the ultimate goal that we want, to have a clean environment and healthier campus so that students can be successful and move forward in their careers," said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at LSU Eunice, Judy Daniels.
LSU Eunice student Peyton Miller said she believes some students could be upset by the new policy.
"I think there's probably going to be kind of an issue, some people who smoke everyday on the clock are going to be reluctant to conform to the new rules," said Miller
Daniels said enforcing the new policy shouldn't be much of a problem though. An LSU Eunice survey showed a small percentage of students smoke tobacco.
"We found that 92 percent of our campus community, and that includes faculty, identify themselves as non-smokers and non-tobacco users," said Daniels.
Miller said the new policy could also create a better environment for students.
"I think it eliminates some peer pressure where people don't feel like they have to smoke or be in an environment where people are smoking," said Miller.
UL smoke-free enactment:
The University of Louisiana, Lafayette is working on their tobacco-free policy right now and should enact it before the Fall 2014 semester.
If a student or faculty member is caught smoking, they could face disciplinary action.