TO THE EDITOR:
Smoking on UNC’s campus is increasing. Smokers are students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors. While UNC’s administration purports to take public smoking seriously, it is disinclined to take definitive action against smoking in public.
In 2008 UNC adopted a Smoke-Free Campus policy. Notably, UNC does not appear on Tobacco Free Campus Initiative’s list among participating North Carolina colleges and universities.
That is because UNC’s legalistic versus a public health and educational approach to smoking is a disqualification. And while the current policy addresses many specifics, it contains loopholes: smoking is permitted 100 feet from “a facility.”
Though the 2008 policy does not explicitly say so, a UNC facility equals a building, though smoking is also explicitly prohibited in Kenan Woods where no buildings exist. UNC’s Facilities Services Department, however, maintains building and non-building “facilities” alike.