Western Kentucky University to go tobacco-free next year

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Western Kentucky University will become a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus beginning January 1, 2020.

According to a news release sent out by the university on Monday, the policy prohibits the use of all tobacco and vaping products on all properties that are owned, operated, leased, occupied or controlled by Western Kentucky University.

“I think that if they banned cigarettes that would be good but I think vaping isn’t essentially as bad as cigarettes,” said WKU student Austin Burridge.

The news release goes on to say that the university has resources in place for those on campus who want to stop using tobacco and related products.

“We want a healthy environment and the healthiest environment is one that is tobacco free smoke free all tobacco products free,” said Dr. Cecelia Watkins, a public health professor at WKU who spearheaded the effort.

“I think that it should be the people’s choice of the students and it should be a campus wide decision considering that it’s the students, I mean they’re the ones that are going out and buying the steps and stuff like that they should be able to use it,” said WKU student Hunter Payne.

“I think it should’ve happened earlier because people with asthma kind of needed that to begin with,” said WKU student Crystal Taylor.

For those trying to quit, the university has resources in place for those on campus who want to stop using tobacco and related products.

According to the university, violations of the rule may result in corrective action under the student code of conduct, human resources policies and procedures, or other applicable university regulations or policies.

More information can be found here: https://www.wku.edu/tobaccofree/