New Rule: No Smoking on the Street!

By Liz Gundlach

Tobacco Free

Elm and Summit streets, where they bisect Finlandia’s campus, are now off limits to tobacco use.

A September 16, 2013 email sent by Michael Baily, director of Living and Learning, announced the new rule. Originally because the streets are city property, these streets were exempt from our no tobacco policy.

In his email, he states, “while it is true that Elm and Summit Streets which bi-sect our Campus are public, platted streets, they legally lie within the boundaries of our defined Campus, and are therefore considered part of the campus of Finlandia University.”

There have been many accounts of people smoking within the first few weeks and no one believes that the rule will be enforced. However, at the end of the email, Michael Baily mentioned that if you do see someone smoking, call security and actions will be taken, although we do not know what the consequence of violating the rule is.

Baily also went on to mention that the leading cause of preventable death in the United States is tobacco use. He says smoking is at fault for, “about 443,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these smoking-related deaths are attributable to secondhand smoke exposure.”

If you’d like to report an incidence you can call either Campus Safety and Security at (906) 487-7307 or you can call the Campus Conduct Hotline at (866) 943-5787.


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11 Responses to New Rule: No Smoking on the Street!

  1. Richard Anderson Reply

    October 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I have no problem with the “tobacco free campus” policy. I think it’s a great idea. Cut back on the possibility of second hand smoke.

  2. Angelica Reply

    October 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I’m all for the “tobacco free campus” policy. I don’t think that us nonsmokers should have to breath in the second hand smoke and be at risk for sicknesses involved with being exposed.

  3. Andrew Reply

    October 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I agree with this new rule. Being an athlete, I worry about getting second hand smoke when I walk by people that smoke. So this is a great idea to not have smoking around the campus.

  4. Rachel LaMotte Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Like all of the other comments before me, I agree with the new rule and policy. However, even though we have this new rule I still see people smoking on the street and no one is doing anything to stop it. Also, from what I have heard, the people who do smoke think that it’s a joke and that the reason they still smoke on the street is because they know they won’t get punished for it. I think the University needs to enforce the rule more and have a fine like MTU does.

  5. Chelsea Blanck Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Like many of the other people that has commented before me, I agree with the new smoking policy. I grew up in a home with smokers, and even as a child I did not like second hand smoke. I don’t want to be inhaling someone else’s nasty second hand smoke, I enjoy having the fresh air much better. However I also agree with Rachel LaMotte, that the University needs to enforce the rule more and have a fine.

  6. Paige Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Yes, the new rule is in play, but isn’t enforced the way it should or could be. On my walk to campus every morning, on average, I see up to 6 smokers right in front of the dorms or in front of Warge. Being an athlete, it’s hard to walk by and tolerate the second hand smoke I’m consuming on a daily basis.
    In a previous comment above, I agree that a fine should be given if seen on campus with a cigarette in your hand. Why make a new rule and not enforce it, right?

  7. Melinda Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I agree with the new policy. They really need to crack down on the people that are abusing it. What’s the point of having a “tobacco free campus” policy if no one is willing to do anything about it? It disgusts me to have to smell or breathe that stuff when Im walking to class.

  8. Antonio Vargas Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I agree with the article that this should be a tobacco free campus. What I do not agree with is the fact that Bailey has not yet made a concrete consequence if some one is caught in the act of tobacco use on campus. I think that Bailey should make a first incident, a warning, if caught again then it would be a fine.

  9. Sarah Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I agree with the new tobacco free campus law. I think Finlandia needs to enforce the policy a little better because i often see students and staff members smoking a couple a feet a feet away from Finlandia Hall and other buildings.

  10. Ricardo Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I agree with this new rule, but I also do not agree. The school does not enforce the smoking policy at all. If anything they made it worse. Students are now smoking in front of Finlandia Hall. Last semester students at least went to the side of the school to smoke. So I think finlandia just made it worse more than anything.

  11. Breanna Reply

    October 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I agree with the rule that is in place and I also agree with the comments above.
    I am a student athlete and I do not want to walk through smoke on my way to class. I also agree that they need to enforce the rules and have consequences for people who violate this rule, because what is the point on having a rule if you do not enforce it?
    I do understand this rule is tough to enforce and it is peoples choice to smoke, but if you make this rule enforce it or create somewhere for smokers to smoke so students and staff do not have to walk through clouds of smoke.

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