A campus-wide email was sent out this afternoon from William Walker, VP for Strategic Communications and External Relations regarding smoking. Effective July 1, 2010, smoking will be prohibited on the Rensselaer campus. Smokers will have to go to the sidewalk. The message claimed that many people begin smoking at around age 19, so they are looking out for the best interest of the students. We suspect that some of them are probably a little upset, but it’s the staff members that will really be affected. I think it’s a pretty good idea — smoking harms those around the smoker, so in order to provide a healthy school environment, smoking must be regulated.
The full text of the email is below.