LSU students say 'no' to tobacco ban on campus
POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 10:54pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 10:59pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The debate was on at LSU Wednesday, and dozens came out to hear the student's voice on one thing. "We asked students, do you want a tobacco ban?"
Act 211 enacted by the state legislature says that all public colleges in Louisiana must be smoke free, but it also gives schools the option of banning tobacco products altogether. "I don't think we as a university should be legislating a lifestyle change such as a tobacco ban, especially when smokeless tobacco doesn't affect you like secondhand smoke does," said Trey Schwartzenburg, the student senator who wrote the bill.
And these students have done their homework. While the majority of the faculty wants to ditch the dip, nearly 60% of all students don't. Not everyone agrees with that though. Laura, a grad student senator said, "The majority of grad students that I have contacted are in favor of the tobacco ban on campus."
But others say the plan might backfire. "They wouldn't receive it well, and they would kind of lash out and they won't listen," said student, Zach Heathman.
And even though the administration will make the final decision on whether or not to ban tobacco, the student senate voted based on their peers. And with a majority vote, the students said "no" to a tobacco ban
"Because at the end of the day, it's going to affect the students more than it affects anyone on campus," said Student Government Vice President, Taylor Parks. "This is our campus, and we want to make sure that every student has an opinion in the matter and that we're really keeping the best interest and what they desire at the heart of what we're making in our decisions."
When the administration makes the final decision, we'll keep you posted on nbc33tv.com.