‘Nook on the Street, Feb. 9th

Matt Mertes / Sun Star

The UAF smoking ban is not enforced by campus officials. This week we asked students: What do you think about of the community enforcement aspect of the smoking ban? 

Alexess Holt Freshman Natural Medicine “I think it's great. It's great for peoples health, and hopefully it will stop some people from smoking. There used to be a lot of people smoking out here [points to front of MBS] and I mean it's kinda nice to have a healthier environment. I mean it's effective in that you wont see people smoking out in the open, but I still feel like people will still go and smoke in the woods and stuff, but if it helps a little bit that's something.”

“I think it’s great. It’s great for peoples health, and hopefully it will stop some people from smoking. There used to be a lot of people smoking out here [points to front of MBS] and I mean it’s kinda nice to have a healthier environment. I mean it’s effective in that you wont see people smoking out in the open, but I still feel like people will still go and smoke in the woods and stuff, but if it helps a little bit that’s something.” – Alexess Holt, Freshman in Natural Medicine

Annalisa Blakley Freshman Elementary Education “I really like it because people are not smoking in my face and stuff, because usually people were really rude and being rude to my friends. People still smoke, but they don't go around smoking in people's faces or like showing it off, because they might get in trouble.”

“I really like it because people are not smoking in my face and stuff, because usually people were really rude and being rude to my friends. People still smoke, but they don’t go around smoking in people’s faces or like showing it off, because they might get in trouble.” – Annalisa Blakley, Freshman in Elementary Education

Daniel Orr Sophomore Computer Science “That is a pretty difficult thing to enforce, to try and get students to stop smoking on campus. You can't just have police going around campus slapping cigarettes out of peoples hands. So I guess I can see trying to utilize a social wrench to beat people with, because that's the only way I could see that happening.”

“That is a pretty difficult thing to enforce, to try and get students to stop smoking on campus. You can’t just have police going around campus slapping cigarettes out of peoples hands. So I guess I can see trying to utilize a social wrench to beat people with, because that’s the only way I could see that happening.” – Daniel Orr, Sophomore in Computer Science

Jason Hsi Sophomore Computer Science “I get what they're getting at and that it's also good to have smoking prohibited, and I'd say it's effective. You do see less people smoking. I mean I barely do, maybe I'd say I've seen around three cases were I have seen people have cigarettes on campus. I don't know if this is the intent, but as far as making people stop smoking cigarettes on campus I think it's there.”

“I get what they’re getting at and that it’s also good to have smoking prohibited, and I’d say it’s effective. You do see less people smoking. I mean I barely do, maybe I’d say I’ve seen around three cases were I have seen people have cigarettes on campus. I don’t know if this is the intent, but as far as making people stop smoking cigarettes on campus I think it’s there.” – Jason Hsi, Sophomore in Computer Science

Matthew Stahl Sophomore English “I think it's a great idea honestly. Like even if it's just looking at it from the perspective of the community taking the responsibility to enforce this, I haven't heard if the university is enforcing this, so I think if the community does this I think it's awesome. I think it has been effective because I haven't seen very many people smoking lately myself. I have seen people smoking out back of Bartlett and in secretive places, but like standing out front of the MBS complex, it's pretty clean and smoke free which is nice.”

“I think it’s a great idea honestly. Like even if it’s just looking at it from the perspective of the community taking the responsibility to enforce this, I haven’t heard if the university is enforcing this, so I think if the community does this I think it’s awesome. I think it has been effective because I haven’t seen very many people smoking lately myself. I have seen people smoking out back of Bartlett and in secretive places, but like standing out front of the MBS complex, it’s pretty clean and smoke free which is nice.” – Matthew Stahl, Sophomore in English

Ren Simpson Freshman Wildlife Biology Conservation “I feel like it could be a little bit better, considering a lot of people stand outside the MBS building up top and smoke. If you actually go up there and look there's an ice mound up there just covered in cigarette butts, it's pretty disgusting. I feel like it should be enforced a lot more.”

“I feel like it could be a little bit better, considering a lot of people stand outside the MBS building up top and smoke. If you actually go up there and look there’s an ice mound up there just covered in cigarette butts, it’s pretty disgusting. I feel like it should be enforced a lot more.” – Ren Simpson, Freshman in Wildlife Biology Conservation

Sienna Slater Freshman Biological Sciences “I'm not here on campus much, but I don't think people smoking on campus bothered me ever. I mean I've seen people keep it away from buildings most of the time. It's never bothered me or anything so I've never paid much attention to it.”

“I’m not here on campus much, but I don’t think people smoking on campus bothered me ever. I mean I’ve seen people keep it away from buildings most of the time. It’s never bothered me or anything so I’ve never paid much attention to it.” – Sienna Slater, Freshman in Biological Sciences

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