Not many people like breathing in a cloud of cigarette smoke.
Humber residence staff will now document people smoking too close to residence.
The $50 smoking fine is not new and “smoking is only permitted outside the residence in designated areas… beyond the yellow painted lines,” said Residence Life Coordinator Meaghan McNeil, quoting the residence code of conduct.
However, residence staff has “tightened up” on the regulation because of concerns about their community’s quality of life on campus, said McNeil.
“We were hearing from students that they were having to walk through a huge cloud of smoke to get in the building,” said McNeil.
The issue goes beyond momentary unpleasantness.
“Negative health effects of second hand smoke include lung cancer and other lung diseases,” said Dr. Teresa Loucks-Gray, a radiologist at Brampton Civic Hospital, who cited emphysema and bronchitis as two examples.
However, “it can be difficult to establish whether a patient, a nonsmoker, who gets lung cancer got it from exposure to secondhand smoke or for other reasons,” said Dr. Loucks-Gray.
A lot of people find smoke irritating and some can feel ill after inhaling even a bit.
Promotion of healthier living spaces is important to residence staff and the added firmness on the smoking regulation demonstrates they have concern for the people in their community, McNeil said.
“This was affecting students with medical issues and just wasn’t creating the environment we wanted to have coming in the door to our community,” she said.
McNeil is confident students will follow the regulations with the added incentive and also because of their empathy towards others.
“I think they recognize that not many people are a fan of cigarette smoke, even people who do smoke… it’s not enjoyable to have to walk through that to get into your home,” said McNeil.
“The farther away you are from somebody who is smoking the less chance there is of you getting second-hand smoke,” said Julia Logozzo, a first-year Justice Studies student at University of Guelph-Humber and on-campus resident.
Logozzo doesn’t think the regulations are a significant inconvenience to smokers.