By Justine Marshall
Delaware State University is starting a tobacco and smoke free initiative in order to foster healthier lifestyles within the campus and beyond.
Starting Jan. 1, 2015 four designated smoking areas will be avail-able on DSU’s main campus. Students will be allowed to smoke inside of their vehicles until mid-August. Smoking or tobacco use will be prohibited any-where else on campus.
On Aug. 15, 2014 smoking or tobacco use will be banned. This ban is not exclusive to stu-dents, but faculty, administrators, and visitors as well.
Director of Delaware Center of Health Promotion Marianne Carter is the driving force in the initiative to promote a healthier DSU.
“Smokers have the right to use tobacco; but, unfortunately, by doing so, they are harming more than just themselves” and “Non-smokers should not have to be ex-posed to those health risks,” Carter said.
Dymond Sellers, a student and non-smoker thinks the initiative is an extreme but good method.
“Although I don’t smoke, I wouldn’t like to be exposed to secondhand smoke,” Sellers said. Former smoker Rosemari Walker said banning smoking will help smokers resist the urge to smoke.
“Even when I did smoke, smelling the cigarette smoke made me want to smoke, even now it still does,” Walker said.
DSU is providing resources for those who want to quit smoking.