In 2010 the student senate passed a resolution in favor of reforming the committee that set the current smoking policy to investigate whether a ban was needed. In 2012, an SGA committee posted signs and marked off areas in an effort to make students aware of where the 25-feet policy allows people to smoke.
SGA President Sarah Carpenter said a representative of the task force contacted her about the new tobacco-free policy proposal, and she and her cabinet fully support it.
EKU won’t be the first university in Kentucky to ban the use of tobacco on campus. According to their websites, several schools in the area, including UK and the University of Louisville, have gone either smoke free or entirely tobacco free. Similarly, Northern Kentucky University’s board of regents announced in January that it would be developing a tobacco-free policy which, like EKU’s will go into effect in 2014. Western Kentucky University still allows tobacco use on campus, but only in designated areas.
Seth Littrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6623.