Tom Simplot, Special to The Republic
The Arizona Republic
October 24, 2014
Heading to the balcony to smoke a cigarette may not be enough anymore. More and more we are seeing apartment-management companies and individual owners banning or restricting smoking.
The reasons for these bans start with a respect for neighbors and the health and welfare of all residents.
The rationale for banning/limiting smoking can be financial as well. The smell of smoke can linger long after the butt is out. It clings to carpets and upholstery and can even permeate wallpaper and blinds. Cleaning these units for a new tenant can be expensive and time-consuming. Many operators also reported additional housekeeping in common areas where smokers would leave ashes and cigarette butts. And we have all seen how smoking can be a fire hazard.
Owners and managers today can enforce smoking rules and impose fines. As always, it’s important to check your lease. Management must also enforce Smoke Free Arizona rules.
•Individual units: In apartment communities, each individual housing unit is considered a private residence, and so smoking may be allowed within the home unless expressly stated in the lease. If your apartment home or condo is privately owned, your owner/manager may have rules about smoking. Read the rest of this entry »
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Students from the Trevor Browne High School STAND Coalition met with Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Deputy Parks & Recreation Director Tracee Crockett to discuss their proposal to implement a smoke-free parks policy in Phoenix. Ms. Crockett provided the coalition with some advice to help them move their policy efforts forward.
Arizona Capitol Times: By: Hank Stephenson, October 20, 2014, 7:12am
The devastating recent state budget projections have some lawmakers eyeing additional taxes on e-cigarettes as a new source of revenue that could help bridge the $1 billion projected deficit by nextyear.
As the popularity of electronic cigarettes has skyrocketed in recent years, the issues of regulation and
taxation have become points of contention at state capitals across the nation, with dozens of states considering legislation related to e-cigarettes last year alone.
Electronic cigarettes use battery electricity to heat coils that heat liquid nicotine, which users inhale as a vapor. They
come in two basic styles: disposable or cartridge-based tubes that resemble cigarettes in appearance and are sold
at convenience stores, and larger, higher-end inhaler devices that users refill with liquid nicotine are sold at “vape
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Northern Arizona University could become a tobacco-free campus.
Members of NAU’s Student Health Advocacy Committee have been meeting with faculty and staff this week to garner support for a policy that would make the Mountain Campus kick the habit.
The committee has been working on a tobacco-free campus policy since 2011, when it sent out a survey asking students what they felt were the biggest health concerns on campus. Currently, smoking is prohibited only in university buildings and university-owned vehicles.
“Tobacco use, cigarette litter and second-hand smoke were all things that they identified as problems,” said SHAC President and NAU senior Kelsey Pruett. “As the Student Health Advocacy Committee, we said, ‘If it’s a problem for the students, it’s a problem for us.’”
What followed were three years of research on the kinds of tobacco-free campus policies that had proved most effective at other institutions.
SHAC members discovered that NAU was the only one of Arizona’s three major public universities without a tobacco-free campus. Other in-state schools, like the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus and Maricopa Community Colleges, also had tobacco-free policies.
There are now more than 1,400 campuses in the United States that are either smoke-free or completely tobacco-free.
“We found that, actually, this is kind of a nationwide movement that’s been happening pretty recently,” said SHAC advisor Melissa Griffen.
Under the proposed NAU policy, the use of tobacco products would not be allowed in any university facilities, vehicles, residence halls or outdoor spaces. Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookah, e-hookah, chew, snuff, cigars, pipes would be among the prohibited items.
Rather than punishing tobacco users, the policy drafted by SHAC would call for students, faculty and staff to approach anyone seen using tobacco, educate them about the tobacco-free policy and offer cessation resources.
The SHAC students timed how long it would take to walk off campus from any of the smoking hot spots on campus. Even going at a leisurely pace, it took them no more than five minutes.
“Our main goal with this is really just changing the social norms on campus to include healthy lifestyle choices while being on campus,” Pruett said. “If you aren’t seeing people using tobacco on campus, you’re less likely to use it.”
The policy does include a caveat that would allow chronic violators of the tobacco-free policy to face disciplinary action starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
NAU’s Health Promotions Office has conducted at least three surveys gauging attitudes about tobacco use among students. The most recent study found that less than 12 percent of students reported using tobacco products in the past month.
“We have a fairly low rate of tobacco users,” Griffen said.
In each survey, more than 50 percent of respondents said they would support a tobacco-free campus. Several respondents described walking through another person’s smoke at the entrance to a building as an “annoyance,” while others complained about litter from cigarette butts.
SHAC secretary and NAU senior Dani Goettl said in addition to the well-known health risks associated with tobacco use and second-hand smoke, litter and smoke from tobacco products pose an environmental risk to the campus, which is supposed to become carbon-neutral by 2020, according to the university’s Climate Action Plan.
“NAU is beautiful and green and clean,” Goettl said. “We want to keep our campus that way and be known for that.”
SHAC recently brought the tobacco-free policy to President Rita Cheng, whose last job was at a smoke-free campus.
“She was very well-educated on the smoke-free and tobacco-free campuses,” Pruett said.
Cheng said she wanted to get a formal vote or “resolution” from the faculty senate and classified staff. She also wanted an opinion from the Native American cultural center.
In addition, Cheng wanted to see a survey asking every student at NAU whether they wanted a tobacco-free campus.
The Health Promotions Office sent the survey to all student email accounts. It will remain open until Oct. 17. By the end of last week, 2,235 students had taken the survey. Of those students, 55 percent said they wanted NAU to be a tobacco-free campus.
SHAC also collected more than 2,800 student signatures in favor of the tobacco-free policy last semester. Signatures can still be added to the petition in the Health Promotion Office on the NAU campus.
”The (University of Arizona) and (Arizona State University) are much larger in population and campus layout than NAU,” Pruett said. “If it’s successful on that big a campus with that many students, it absolutely can be successful here.”
A proposed draft of the tobacco-free policy, a list of smoke-free and tobacco-free colleges and a list of smoking cessation resources can all be found on the tobacco section of the NAU Health Promotion website at nau.edu/tobacco.
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