SO how would you like more frivelous spending at umbc?
50-100k estimated to be cost for violating the constitution
Firstly, to answer the question of enforcement, the UMBC Smoke Free Taskforce doesn't know at this point how exactly it will enforce smoke-free policy. It seems opposed to giving the task to UMBC police because the as a university system policy, smoke-free policy does not have the support of the law, which the police concern themselves with. As of now, it seems like the Taskforce will hire a private company (~$50k-$100k/year) to enforce smoke-free policy.
Secondly, some important points from today's forum:
- Smoke-free applies to any burned substance (inc. Teasha, non-Tobacco substances) and therefore not to electronic cigarettes.
- The policy will cover all UMBC property, but the President has the option to allocate a limited amount of exceptional areas
- Total cost of implementation seems high (~$50k-100k for enforcement, ~15k-30k for signs, plus the costs of communications, etc.)
Thirdly, my input as a member of the smoking community:
-Yes, I'm disturbed that the University system would take such measures to limit freedoms so unilaterally with little respect for demographics or science (~15% of UMBC population smokes sociably, exposure to secondhand smoke drops significantly at 6 ft away from outdoor smoker), and I feel that UMBC is not overly enjoyed to implement it (~$30k+$75k/year), but despite these misfortunes, I am willing to work with the Smoke Free Taskforce. (6 ft source http://news.stanford.edu/news/2007/may9/smoking-050907.html)
- Hookah smoking is becoming a significant cultural phenomenon at UMBC. Therefore, when the Taskforce considers the nature of structures to build provided President Hrabowski allows for exceptions to the policy, it should take hookah smoking into consideration.
- I don't find it unreasonable to request four smoking areas. One in the academic area, one by the dorms, one by the apartments on the hill by the library, and one by the Walker apartments."
In essence: It's not like we have a shitty RAC or any other other facilities at UMBC let's spend money we don't have to enforce a petty rule. I'm sure the other issues will resolve themselves.
-What's your take UMBC on this smoke free task force?