May 08 2012
OU campus in Norman will be Tobacco Free this summer, following orders from the governor, Mary Fallin previously denied plans for designated areas.
The ban will come into force on 1 July in accordance with the order Fallin, which prohibits the use of all tobacco products, “all property ownership, lease or contract” with the state, including all buildings, land and vehicles belonging.
The procedure replaces the previous ban on tobacco approved OU Board of Regents, which allowed designated areas on campus, in the hall and Dale Lloyd Noble Center parking lot, according to Daily archives.
The division has developed and introduced a new policy of tobacco Regents March 28 to be in accordance with the order in Fallin.
Land crews will begin removal of ashtrays around campus on July 1, Facilities Management Director Brian Ellis.
“In a sense, this process was easier,” Ellis said. “Instead of having to save some room for smoking, we can simply remove all ashtrays.”
Management services will also be put up “no smoking” signs beginning July 1 Ellis.
“The university will have some professional-looking signs made” Alice, “but if they are not ready by July, we will endure time.”
OU officials plan to enforce the ban in the same manner as parking violations, the representative of the university, Michael Nash said.
Warnings will be issued for a first offense to $ 10 and $ 50 fine for second and third offenses, respectively, Nash said.
Attempts to ban smoking on campus began on September 12, when the president, David Boren announced the establishment of a committee tasked with research and development of the tobacco ban.
Boren cited adverse health effects of smoking and the cost of cleaning the butt as a justification for the ban, according to Daily archives.
Cigarette litter costs the university $ 12,000 a year to repair and repaint the garbage cans, benches cost about $ 90 each to repair.
“At present there are 900 trash receptacles on campus, and of that number 100 should be cleaned every year due to smoking in the amount of $ 12,000,” Landscape Design Director Allen said the King. “In addition, benches, used to extinguish cigarettes. Average cost to clean the bench three man-hours, or $ 90 per bench. ”
In general, cigarette debris cost $ 45,000 to the University last year, according to statistics from Facilities Management.
Boren said he recognized the inconvenience the smoking ban will lead to students and teachers, so that the University strives to provide the output of resources, according to Daily archives.