Temple University takes major step in becoming tobacco-free: 'It's incredibly important'

Justin Udo
April 06, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A big change is on the way at Temple University.

Temple's campus is going tobacco-free come July 1, which means no cigarettes, vapes, cigars or any other tobacco products.

“I think it's incredibly important to have a tobacco free campus,” said student Kirstin Chalupa, who worked on the task force that helped devise the policy.

However, students like Su Shin Xa, who smokes, are giving the policy change two thumbs down.

“I totally disagree with that,” he said.

He says he us sad to hear that his designated smoking areas will soon disappear.

Chalupa says it's in everyone's best interest.

“We do know that there is no safe exposure level to tobacco, which is why it's so important to implement a completely tobacco-free campus,” she argued.

Officials say they are working out what they will do to enforce the ban.

Jennifer Ibrahim the associate dean of College of Public Health says it will not be anything severe.

“The intention isn't to punish people,” she said. “ It's to be able to identify the folks who are in need of assistance, and connect them with cessation resources, it will be compassionate enforcement.”

Ibrahim says their goal to change the smoking culture at the university.

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