Smoke a cigar and get kicked out of college? This could conceivably be the case as students of Florida’s Nova Southeastern University are facing a comprehensive, campus-wide smoking ban set to take effect in six months.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported over the weekend that Nova’s new anti-smoking measure will prohibit puffing in all campus buildings, outdoor areas and even inside vehicles on campus grounds. Repeated violations could result in dismissal from the college.
“We’re not making the penalties for smokers any worse than other policy violations,” said Tom Vitucci, director of campus recreation for Nova. According to Vitucci, the university plans on treating infractions of the smoking ban in the same manner as it would treat any other violation of university regulations, so multiple offenses could in fact lead to expulsion for students or termination of faculty staff.
The Fort Lauderdale university told the Sun-Sentinel that about 75 percent of surveyed students and employees support the ban, and 9 percent called themselves smokers.
“We tried the smoking zone concept and we found that it wasn’t working,” Vitucci said. “A total ban was more manageable and more impactful.”
This is just one example of a rising trend. According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Association, over 200 schools join the wave of universities banning smoking in just the last year.
This story first appeared in the January 10 issue of Cigar Insider.