It has taken a little longer than it did for many of the state’s colleges and universities, but OU’s Norman campus will soon be tobacco free. The Health Science Center in Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses are already tobacco free.
It follows the policies first advanced on Norman public school campuses years ago. Norman Regional Hospital followed. Oklahoma State University is tobacco free, as is Rose State College. Moore-Norman Technology Center is tobacco free during the day when high school students are on campus and has designated smoking areas at night and on weekends. The South Penn campus has designated smoking areas day and night.
Cleanup costs were noted in President David L. Boren’s announcement this week. He said landscaping spends $45,000 a year cleaning out ash trays and picking up cigarette butts. Besides a cleaner campus, the bigger costs can be measured in terms of personal health, public health and safety.
A committee is coming up with rules, but we trust smoking cessation classes will be offered for those employees and students who wish to stop using tobacco. Game days could present a potential problem, as thousands of visitors bring tobacco on campus with them. They’ll have time to figure that out, since the tobacco ban doesn’t take place until Jan. 1.