Smoke Free Campus 2012: What You Need to KnowBeyond UCF, Campus Beat, Health, News, UCF Administration — By Jake Rakoci on July 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm Tweet
UCF is joining 640 other institutions in the United States by going as a “Smoke Free Campus” according to American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.
For the UCF student who is used to smoking a cigarette in the car before class or while they walk around campus, change is imminent. Knightnews.com made sure to inform students on what they need to know about the new change to campus.
UCF is going Smoke Free because of the possibility of second-hand smoke putting students in danger of diseases like cancer. All students will be affected by the change, as smoking will not be permitted on any UCF property, including in your car while you drive around the UCF parking garages.
This means that the Smoke Free campus will be everywhere–parking garages, campus roads, in your car, walkways, breezeways, etc. There will be no designated smoking areas on campus.
However, there is no legal repercussions to smoking on campus. The University cannot fine someone for smoking on campus and the rule is just strongly encouraged. If someone is smoking on campus it is encouraged to explain to a person smoking that UCF has became a smoke-free campus.
According the SmokeFree FAQ on the UCF website, the change starts immediately. If you would like to know more about the change or get involved with the group “Catch Your Breath UCF” you can find their page where they are holding workshops Here.