New Smoke-Free Law Reinforces Campus Tobacco-Free Policy
A new state law that goes into effect July 1 complements the tobacco-free policy that IU South Bend implemented in 2008. The new law makes smoking in IU facilities or within 8 feet of an entrance an illegal or citable offense. IU South Bend is using this opportunity to increase awareness and reinvigorate enforcement of the new law and the campus tobacco-free policy.
Since 2008, IU South Bend has placed signs about the tobacco-free policy around campus; publicized the policy to students, faculty and staff; and issued warnings to violators.
The IU South Bend policy prohibits the use or sale of tobacco or tobacco products on university owned, operated, or leased property and vehicles, including parking lots and garages. The use of tobacco products in personal vehicles is allowed, provided users make a reasonable effort to contain smoke and smoking materials inside the vehicle. Violations of the policy are addressed through existing processes already in place for students, faculty, and staff. Smoking cessation programs are offered at various times to all employees and students at little or no cost to participants.
The new Indiana Smoke Free Air Law was passed to protect Hoosiers from the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, including 200 known poisons and 43 cancer-causing agents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified secondhand smoke as a cause of cancer in humans.
The new state law specifies that beginning July 1, 2012, smoking will be prohibited in most places of employment, most public places, and restaurants; the area within 8 feet of a public entrance to a public place or a place of employment; and any vehicle owned, leased or operated by the state if the vehicle is being used for a governmental function.
The cooperation of students, faculty and staff in adhering to the new law and IU South Bend’s existing policy is appreciated, including reminding those around you.