Starting from July 1, 2015, Manoa campus of the University of Hawaii becomes smoke-free. With the change it would become second smoke-free campus in the state after Kapiolani Community College.
Smoking will not be allowed within all university operated or owned property such as outdoor grounds, indoor facilities and inside of vehicles on university territory.
Statewide law acting in Hawaii already bans use of tobacco in buildings and enclosed areas.
Smoking ban on Manoa campus relies on self-enforcement which means that there will be imposed no penalties for those who violate it.
Kristen Scholly, University Health Services health promotion chairwoman, says that they do not want the policy to criminalize smoking. It is not easy to get rid of the addiction and it is more important to encourage smokers to think about quitting, without any pressure. It is a well known fact that smoking affects not only smokers but people around them, so tobacco smoke is being removed from public spaces.
However, Honolulu Star-Advertiser writes that the policy says nothing about e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. More exactly, the policy says that it is prohibited “inhaling or exhaling the fumes of tobacco or any other plant material, or burning or carrying any lighted smoking equipment for tobacco or any other plant material.”
The representatives of the University told that in future the policy may be expanded to include e-cigarettes too. They point out that there is no enought data on how those devices do affect humans.
A recent study by Thomas A. Wills showed that the rate of e-cigarettes use among teens increased almost two times in past years. He says that it will take several years to define clearly how e-cigarettes affect people.
It should be mentioned that medical school and Cancer Center belonging to the University already go smoke-free.