Group of students take lead to provide designated areas for students who use tobacco.
BCC students begin strong aspirations to provide the needed resources that the institution lacks for both professors and students alike, who are tobacco users.
The institution’s Tobacco-Free College Policy states “Bristol Community College shall be a tobacco-free campus. The use of tobacco is prohibited within college buildings, walkways, in college or state fleet vehicles, and on college owned property, not otherwise leased to another organization. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors at ALL college locations”
The apparent reality is that students are smoking in front of nonsmokers practically every day at the institution. The action is done inside of the college buildings blowing the smoke outdoors through the side doors, where students walk in. Also, smoking is often done in walkways where the town bus meet with students, if an observer has a close eye he or she will notice the usage of tobacco products on college owned property.
If the institution cares about the safety of their students, they will reconsider their “Tobacco-Free” College Policy. As a nonsmoker, I am affected practically every day, my health is at risk. Might as well create an alternative for smokers, where the nonsmokers are more likely to feel safe and away of second hand smoke.
The determined group of individuals both smokers and nonsmokers unite in order to provide the resources for everybody at the campus, at all times.
Currently, the group is interviewing students at random and asking their opinions about having the needed designated area for smokers and other smoking related questions. Data is being accumulated this week. The next move of the group is to get Roger Williams University & UMass Dartmouth human resource department opinion for they allow their student to smoke in designated areas. Furthermore we like to make our movement known to social media via facebook and twitter for students to realize the need for dramatic change at the comfort of their own home that Bristol Community College should soon consider. Doing so, we would further record a 30 second radio commercial and finally a written letter and proposal for the President at BCC and other establishment authoritarians just looking for their response.
Exams and the holiday season is coming up, stress is at an all-time high this time of the year. We understand student aren’t exactly 100% comfortable with their financial situation either, which is primarily a reason why they come to community college because it’s just more affordable for the student. Stress can be contagious, some students and professors use tobacco products to minimize their stress, to some it works.
Students who wish to smoke must do it in their car, which some student might not even have the royalty of having their own car. Some people smoke off of Elsbree St, right off the campus. It is a depressing site as they are out casted from the school facing traffic, facing the potential applicants who drive by BCC all the time who might apply but change their mind because the drivers who drive by BCC constantly sees outcasts. The area is not social and not safe as they are breathing in car fumes also. These designated smoking areas can make it extremely social and attractive to smokers, as nonsmoker feel a better sense of safety and that their institution cares for them, especially if some students pay their own health coverage through the institution.
We are not encouraging smoking by any means. Adults should not be treated as a child and feel restricted. They should have a choice to smoke on campus on their free time. It is just obvious that something needs to be done, and it will!