Texas A&M's smoking and tobacco use policies change

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 4:18pm

COLLEGE STATION -- It's a trend many universities are embracing now...going smoke free.

And while Texas A&M isn't 100-percent tobacco free yet, university officials have recently changed their smoking and tobacco policies.

Texas A&M junior, Hayden Jones, knows cigarettes aren't good for his health but that doesn't stop him from smoking.

"Almost a pack a day."

But it'll be much harder now for Jones to find a place to light up thanks to a rule change regarding smoking on campus.

"Recently we expanded that rule to include areas immediately adjacent to structures on campus and that means buildings, parking structures, parking lots and sidewalks as well," said Jason Cook, vice president of marketing and communications for the university.

A policy change non-smokers are thankful for.

"I appreciate it," said senior, Nathan Weber. "I think it makes for a more welcoming environment not having the smell of smoke hanging around."

But Jones isn't convinced the policy will work.

"Unless they actually had people out 24/7 it's not going to stop anyone."

Including himself.

"I'm going to smoke either way so it is what it is."

The new policy change went into effect immediately but Jason Cook says the transition won't be easy.

"This is something that will be an on-going process as people learn about the rule on campus."

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