A Resolution Regarding Smoking on the Homewood Campus

A Resolution Regarding Smoking on the Homewood Campus

S.R-5

  1. WHEREAS, the Hopkins Kicks Butts (hereafter, “HKB”) is carrying out an active campaign to reduce and/or ban smoking on the Homewood campus, which it outlines on its website < http://hopkicksbutts.blogspot.com/>.
  2. WHEREAS, HKB explicitly claims, on its website, to advocate for the complete ban of all tobacco smoking on campus.
  3. WHEREAS, HKB has proposed and lobbied for 30-foot “smoke-free zones” around all campus buildings, peer-policing of anti-tobacco polices, and a fifteen dollar fine for violation of campus tobacco policies, as well as a prohibition of campus events that promote tobacco.
  4. WHEREAS, HKB provides evidence, in the form of a 2005 study by Repace Associates, that outdoor secondhand smoke levels are detectable within 23 feet of a smoke source (Measurements of Outdoor Air Pollution From Secondhand Smoke on the UMBC Campus).
  5. WHEREAS, the Johns Hopkins university currently prohibits smoking within 10 feet of building entrances.
  6. WHEREAS, smoking has been proven to be harmful to one’s health.
  7. WHEREAS, exposure to second-hand smoking is also harmful to the health of individuals, including that of non-smokers.
  8. WHEREAS, the Student Government Association (hereafter, “SGA”), recognizes the inherent health risks that smoking poses to students, staff and faculty.
  9. WHEREAS, the SGA also recognizes a student’s right to smoke, so long as it does not conflict with the rights of other students.

10. WHEREAS, the SGA has reviewed evidence provided by HKB, invited the group to attend a meeting of the Student Senate and present its views, and reviewed HKB’s response to the concerns of SGA senators.

11. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the SGA supports reasonable restrictions on smoking, if it can be shown that the policy changes will positively affect student health and well-being, and that the severity of the problem being addressed is sufficient to warrant university action.

12. THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the SGA also supports the moving of ashtrays to areas 23-30 feet away from main building entrances and windows.

13. THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the SGA also supports the securing of ashtrays, to prevent tampering, and the posting of better signage clarifying current university smoking policy.

14. THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the SGA does not believe that HKB has in any way demonstrated that an all-out ban on tobacco smoking on the Hopkins campus would significantly benefit the overall health and well-being of students, faculty or staff. Moreover, neither HKB, nor any of the studies presented have demonstrated that an all-out ban would be any more effective than 23-30 foot de facto no-smoking zones at preventing student exposure to secondhand smoke.

15. THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the SGA is strongly opposed to the imposition of a blanket ban on smoking on the Homewood campus.

16. THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the SGA is also strongly opposed to the imposition of a fine on smoking and a ban on events that promote tobacco.  The former measure will be difficult to enforce and will unduly infringe upon student rights.  The latter proposal will unfairly limit the free expression rights of student groups on campus.

17. THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, a copy of this resolution shall be sent to Dean Boswell, Dean of Student Life, as well as Dean Burger, Dean of Undergraduate Education.

It is so ordered.

 

Sponsor: Nick Trenton

Co-sponsors: Affan Sheikh, Archie Henry, Wyatt Larkin

Committee:  N/A

 

Vote:         In Favor  19        Opposed   7       Abstentions  0

 

Therefore, the bill: PASSES

Vice President:                                                                      ___________/s_______________

Evan Lazerowitz