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Yale Prohibits Vaping In College Courtyards

Yale Prohibits Vaping In College Courtyards

 

Yale Prohibits Vaping In College Courtyards

As the vaping industry has grown over the last ten years, more college campuses have begun to prohibit not just combustible cigarettes but also vaping on campuses. Recently, Yale’s Council of Heads of College voted on an initiative that prohibits vaping in their courtyards, according to the Yale Daily News.  


In America, one place for testing prohibition starts on college campuses. This is where young people come out of high school and determine what’s healthy and what’s not. Over time, college campuses have become ground zero for lifestyle choices, with schools like Yale acting as flagships for the rest of the country’s colleges.  


The New Policy


Yale’s latest policy, according to an email sent out by Head of Hopper College Julia Adams, is that going forward, all college courtyards will be both smoke- and vapor-free. This is being viewed a huge win for the group Tobacco Free Yale, who have been fighting for this type of measure since its inception in 2015.


“Our goal is to create a healthier University community, foster a community culture in which tobacco users are supported in their efforts to quit and become a model for other universities to emulate,” Peter Salovey said in his 2015 University-wide email announcing the initiative.

Unfortunately, Salovey fails to acknowledge the mounting evidence that vaping is emerging as perhaps the most powerful tool in helping tobacco users in their efforts to quit, and his campaigning may have actually served as a setback for the very people he claims to want to help.


Lisa Kimmel, director of wellness and health education and co-director of the Tobacco Free Initiative, said that she supported the decision and described it as an important step in the college campus’ efforts to go tobacco-free.

“We are working to create an environment that supports the health and well-being of our faculty, students and staff,” Kimmel said to the Yale Daily News. “Tobacco-free environments help to create a culture that supports others to quit, and in time, to change cultural norms.”


Vaping Out of the Discussion


As with most discussions about prohibition of tobacco, the distinction between vaping and smoking has been left out of the conversation. Instead, vaping is lumped in with combustible cigarettes, and because both emit smoke, they are both treated the same.


An unfortunate assumption is made with these type of prohibitions: that the risks and dangers that affect smokers and the risks and dangers that affect vapers are very different. This has been proven in study after study, although studies and research has been inconclusive in the United States.    


However, vaping as a method for cessation of traditional tobacco has picked up in more vape-friendly countries outside the United States. Similar to Yale’s smoke-free initiative, the country of New Zealand has passed legislation that supports Smokefree 2025 while supporting the use of vaping as a cessation method.  

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