The Oberlin Review

Tobacco Ban Carries Little Weight with Smokers

Tobacco Ban Carries Little Weight with Smokers

September 2, 2016

In years past, Oberlin students lit their cigarettes on campus and left a trail of smoke on the way to class and huddled around trash cans for makeshift ashtrays. The tobacco ban that went into effect July 1 was intended to curb that behavior, but according to some students, it has been less than successful. “I’ve seen tons of people smoking outside on stairways and all over campus,” said Diana Schwam, South Hall RA and Conservatory sophomore. “I get that it’s a restriction, and for...

Tobacco Ban Enforcement Remains Unclear

Tobacco Ban Enforcement Remains Unclear

November 20, 2015

As the College inches closer to July 1, 2016, the day the tobacco ban goes into effect, it remains unclear how the ban will play out in practice. “Exactly how the ban will be enforced is extremely vague,” said Jordan Ecker, College junior and Implementation Committee member. “No one has any concrete idea of how to enforce the ban. Safety and Security have more important things to do and ResEd doesn’t want RAs policing their residents’ behavior.” According to Ecker, the committee...

Committee Weighs Tobacco Ban Details

Committee Weighs Tobacco Ban Details

September 18, 2015

The Tobacco Ban Implementation Committee will meet Monday to begin discussing how to implement a controversial policy that has been more than four years in the making. The tobacco ban already includes two notable exemptions: tobacco use in Tappan Square and the use of e-cigarettes. Oberlin’s tobaccofree campus policy will take effect on June 1, 2016. “The Implementation Committee is tasked with assuring that the transition from the current policy that permits smoking out of doors within certain...

General Faculty Finalizes Tobacco Ban

General Faculty Finalizes Tobacco Ban

February 13, 2015

The tobacco ban was finalized by the General Faculty during a meeting last December, according to Student Senate. This was the last step in a several-year push to ban the use of all tobacco products on College property, starting in 2016. According to Senate Liaison and College third-year Machmud Makhmudov, the College plans to create an implementation committee that will hammer out a number of specifics for the ban, including enforcement and programs for helping student smokers quit before the...

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