Sam Houston State University Now Tobacco Free Campus

Tobacco products are being banned at one of the area's largest universities.

Now some tobacco users at Sam Houston State University are not too happy with the recent change.

It's a habit Sam Houston State Senior Matthew Madison takes with him but it's no longer welcome at his university.

"I just don't understand the point of it because a big majority of the students here at Sam Houston actually do smoke," said Madison.

As of June 1st no tobacco products are allowed at Sam to promote a healthier environment.

In the coming weeks new signs will appear telling students and staff about the change but as of now there's not a plan to fine or sanction anybody caught lighting up on campus.

Others like Broadcast Journalism Senior Allison McMath are breathing a sigh of relief.

"I think it's a great way to clean up the campus a bit where not so many people's allergies will be affected. I know that people just cough all around and it's you see cigarette butts everywhere," said McMath.

Ex smoker and Sam staff member Janice Jordan says the ban won't really impact her.

"When people are smoking on campus you either walk around them or you just you know just a short trip through the smoke and that's it. But it's not like I have to live with it, so it never really bothered me," said Jordan.

"We're really going to really rely on voluntary compliance with every member of the campus community sorting, taking it upon themselves, number one if they're smokers not to smoke," said Frank Holmes, Vice President for University Advancement at Sam Houston State.

Matthew Madison thinks there'll be a big backlash when students return this fall.

"I don't understand why they would want to cause that much strife for something within the college community," he said.

Just how many people will abide by the rules remain to be seen and for cigarettes, even smelled.

All eight institutions in the Texas State University System have adopted the tobacco ban on their campuses.

Separately the University of Texas at Austin went tobacco free as well in April.


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