By Cindy Son
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – A recent survey in a public relations class at Camden County College found mixed opinions on whether the campus should have a designated smoking area.
The survey asked students if they believed a designated smoking area should be on campus. Out of 243 students surveyed, 43 strongly agreed students should have a designated smoking area and 57 students strongly disagreed they should have one.
A “No Smoking” policy took effect 14 years ago at CCC. The policy was created to promote health and awareness, said John Schuck, assistant director of public safety.
Schuck said a designated smoking area didn’t work previously.
“We tried to have a designated smoking area, but students were not obeying it, smoking cigarettes before reaching the designated area,” Schuck said.
A student can be fined $25 for a first violation of smoking on school grounds. A second violation can bring a $50 fine. A second violation can bring a $100 fine. A student who has four violations is sent to the academic dean for further disciplinary.
As of March 3, five tickets had been issued this semester to students violating the “No Smoking” policy on the Blackwood campus.
Ariana Davy, a 19-year-old fashion merchandising major at CCC, believes having a designated smoking area will prompt students to smoke anywhere on campus, but Dalia Reyes, a 33-year-old psychology major at CCC, said, “It’s a person’s right. If they want to smoke they should have a designated smoking area.”