Smoke-Free USC: University Proposes New Policy
USC is working to become smoke-free. The University Advisement Committee on Work and Family Life announced its proposed plan for restricting cigarette smoke on campus Tuesday.
The current campus policy on smoking is from 1993. Many students remain unaware of the rules, however.
The new plan is designed to make sure all students observe and benefit from the new guidelines.
"It's important because we know from scientific and medical research that smoking causes cancer, and second hand smoke is virtually as dangerous to people who don't smoke. Someone who hasn't chosen to smoke is at risk too," said Christopher Chomyn, a Senior Lecturer in the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Chair of the University Advisement Committee on
Work and Family Life.
The new smoking policy will include better signage to designate smoking and non-smoking areas.
Information on smoking cessation programs will be made available for those who wish to quit. And an education program will be put in place to ensure students are making informed health decisions.
No changes are being made quite yet, however. The Student Senate must approve the plan before implementation can begin.