July 28, 2014 — The days of smoking on the University of Louisiana's campus are numbered. Starting August 1, smoking will be banned from all areas of campus as part of the University's participation in the Breathe-Easy campaign which stemmed from from the 2013 state law that mandated all schools to be at-least be smoke free by fall of 2014.
In preparation for the ban, the University formed a group of students and faculty in order to find a way to best implement the new law. UL's Associate Director of Public Safety, Joey Pons, says that he understood the backlash that could have been received if all on campus were not informed earlier. The University did as much as possible to be well prepared for this Friday, when UL goes tobacco free.
"A policy of this type is always going to be controversial. You are effecting people's lives and their life-styles and you want to make sure that you consider the needs of everyone when a policy of this type is developed." said Pons.
"This is one of the reasons why we released to the public the fact that this policy was going to be effective well in advance. Something like this gives all people a chance to digest the policy and understand how it effects them, and then gives them some opportunities to make some decisions and choices regarding how the policy will effect them."
Pons said another focus on the Breathe Easy campaign was to decrease the litter on campus which included cigarette butts dues to smokers. For more information on UL and other universities going smoke-free, you can go to breath easy.louisiana.edu.