On Fri. Nov. 4, 2011 Dr. Nina Caldwell, vice president for student life and dean of students, sent out a very important email to all Maryville University students.
This important email stated that as of Jan. 1, 2012 Maryville University will be a smoke-free campus.
The Maryville Student Government (MSG) proposed this idea previously and the proposal was recently passed. MSG made this decision based on an attempt to create a healthier campus community and to address some students concerns.
Kim Gebken, a senior at Maryville University and a smoker said, “I see why Maryville is doing this, but at the same there are people that live on campus and I believe that it is their right to smoke where they live and not have to drive off campus to smoke.”
Maryville is not alone in this change; multiple universities in the area have already become smoke-free or will also become so in the coming year. Although smokers will no longer be able to smoke on school grounds, smoking will be permitted in cars.
Melissa Graham, a senior at Maryville University and a non-smoker said, “I’m really glad that Maryville is finally making this change. Smoking is disgusting; I can’t stand when it’s around me. It makes my hair and clothes smell for hours after I walk by a smoker.”
Maryville will be providing many resources throughout the year for people who want to quit smoking. If you would like more information about quitting smoking, please stop by the Health and Wellness Office.
The Great American Smoke Out will take place on Thurs. Nov. 17 in Gander Dining Hall which will feature a variety of resources and information for people considering quitting smoking.
If you have any questions about the smoking ban, visit the office of Student Life located in the Donius University Center.