UH Manoa to ban tobacco products on campus

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Smoking will be banned throughout the University of Hawaii Manoa campus starting in January.

The ban includes e-cigarettes and any other type of tobacco product.

Chancellor Tom Apple made the announcement Thursday and says it’s purely for health reasons.

Banning smoking on any part of the Manoa campus will make it difficult for anyone to light up and might eventually force them to quit.

“If we save one life from this policy, we’re doing a very good thing,” Chancellor Apple said.

The rule will apply to students, faculty, staff, and anyone who sets foot on Manoa campus.

“Anyone within our perimeter, our entire campus, we want to be tobacco-free, smoke-free, e-cigarette-free,” Chancellor Apple said.

Chancellor Apple says enforcement will be done by peer pressure. Students won’t be expelled, faculty and staff won’t be fired for violating the policy.

“It’s gonna be a low-key social policy that makes it uncool, if you will, to use tobacco products on campus,” Chancellor Apple said.

Although if there are repeat offenders, Chancellor Apple says some disciplinary measures might have to be taken.

Students KHON2 spoke with generally like the idea, although some say banning e-cigarettes is extreme.

“I don’t think that all of it should be banned purely for the reason that I used e-cigarettes to quit smoking,” UH student Nicole Booth said.

With the move for a healthier campus, Chancellor Apple says banning alcohol is worth considering.

“Alcohol use increases possible accidents in automobiles by 300 percent and there’s a lot of other problems with that, too,” Chancellor Apple said.

A possible alcohol ban drew a more vocal protest from the students.

“So, they’re going to ban alcohol from dorms? Are they trying to lower the enrollment rate here? Like what are they trying to accomplish by this?” UH student Eleonore Stiller said.

The alcohol ban is just under consideration, but the smoking ban will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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