By: Brandi Giles
“I feel dejected, rejected, and shunned by society.”
In recent years, TSU put into action official tobacco-free guidelines. Senior M.C. Potts is a smoker, and admits to lighting up on campus grounds…due to the lack of consequences.
“What can they do to me?” They can’t fire me. And I pay my tuition so…”
Sophomore Marquel Green gets offended by cigarette smoke on his way to class.
“I hate the smell, so I just hold my nose when I walk past the library.”
But Green says he won’t alert campus authorities.
“No, I never thought of that because they’re grown. You can’t tell a grown person what to do.”
TSU is just one of at least 1,178 colleges across the nation that has adopted a 100% tobacco-free campus since 2009. Junior Marquis Wilkins isn’t a smoker, but he isn’t bothered by the policy either.
“I don’t feel like it should be a huge deal if somebody just wants to smoke a cigarette or something outside. It shouldn’t really be a concern.”
TSU Police can issue student misconduct referrals for violating the policy, but Potts offers another solution.
“There should be designated smoking areas. That’s in my personal opinion.”
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