As smoking is known to be bad for health, some universities have taken steps to discourage smoking. On September 26,
However, as of now, Ewha has no plans to discourage the use of tobacco products inside campus; though it designated the school buildings as non-smoking areas last year. “We do not have any alternative plans to ban smoking outside the buildings because it is likely have little impact on the smoking students. Even if we specify a more limited area as a smoking zone, it is difficult for us to supervise every smoking place and to force guests who come to Ewha not to smoke. In this regard, the school does not have any legal enforcement policy about smoking outside the buildings,” said Kim Yong-wan, chief of the Office of the General Affairs.
The University Health Service Center (HSC) is trying to encourage students to quit smoking, but it seems that most smoking students are not interested. Kim Joo-yeong, the head of the
Many nonsmoking students, however, are bothered by cigarette smoke while walking to class or leaving buildings. “Whenever I pass by students smoking in front of a building, I feel really bad because it feels like my health being threatened by them,” said a Liberal Arts student who wishes to remain anonymous.
In addition to the students who do not smoke, the campus environment also has become one of the victims of smoking on campus. For example, in the Shipjaro, the crossroads located in front of
The area in front of the
Because of these inconveniences, calls for designating a more limited smoking area on campus are increasing. According to a survey conducted by the Ewha Voice, 104 out of 162 students (64 percent) said that there should be a designated smoking area inside campus. Another 53 students (33 percent) yearned for a smoke-free campus where smoking is prohibited within the whole campus and only 5 students (3 percent) said that it does not matter if students smoke anywhere on campus.
Those students said that smoking should be prohibited within the entire campus area cited avoiding second hand smoking and a better campus environment as their reasons. The main reasons students gave for wanting designated smoking areas were because they thought it would be more realistic than making the whole campus smoke-free and to protect the smokers’ rights.
On the other hand, smoking students believe that there should be smoking zones inside the campus buildings as well. “As there are smoking rooms in theaters, I hope that school buildings will also have the same area to protect smokers’ rights,” said one history major, who wishes to remain anonymous. “A toilet just for smokers would be a good idea because many smoking students feel inconvenienced by the buildings where smoking is forbidden. Even smoking rooms inside the building will not be harmful to nonsmoking students if they are well operated,” she added.
By Kim A-hyun