Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Ashtray lids on the trash cans have vanished in a cloud of smoke, the concrete is bare of cigarette butts. The St. Clair County Community College smoking ban has taken effect.
SC4’s Board of Trustees gave the policy a thumbs’ up in April of 2014, and it officially went into effect on August 1. St. Clair County Community College is now a completely smoke and tobacco free campus, this includes the E-Cigarette’s as well.
Students caught smoking on campus will have two chances to reconsider whether they should be on school grounds the next time a craving comes around.
First offense is a verbal warning, and the second is a written warning. But with the second warning comes an official letter from the dean, saying that next time you will be in trouble.
The third time you get caught, you’ll be charged a $10 fine, and a “hold” will be placed on your record. Registration, transcripts, etc. will be blocked, and the student will have a meeting with the Vice President of Student Services and the Dean of Students, as the SC4 website states.
The forth and what would seem to be the final time (as the website only lists 4 “violations”) ups the fine to $20, and mimics the 3rd violation’s punishment. The only addition listed; “possible suspension/dismissal from campus.”
While some students opposed the idea of a smoke-free campus before it was made a rule, a few are dealing with it as best as they can. Jay Rent, 36 of Port Huron, said “I don’t like that I can’t smoke on campus anymore, but what are you going to do? Run across the street, of course!”
One other student looked at the new policy in a different manner, “This ‘No Smoking’ shit is some crap. All those little whiners need to shut the fuck up and let me do my business with my cigarette. They got no right to tell me where I can and can’t smoke,” said Danielle Carter, 28 of Marysville.
In the end, majority rules that the ban has been good for the college.
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services said in an email, “The ban went into effect on August 1 and the transition has been smooth. We have received positive feedback from many people on campus and in our community.”