(No) Respect

June 23, 2011

Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act was signed into law in 2007.  It was designed to protect the health of individuals in public indoor spaces.

Smoking cigarette ash bin

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

As smoke can enter buildings through open doors and windows, regulations prohibiting smoking outside of buildings have been enacted in many venues.  Again, the issue is one of public health.  One such place prohibiting smoking outside of buildings is the Community College of Baltimore County.  Carroll Community College has taken a different approach-it is smoke and tobacco-free.  According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, “there are now at least 500 100% smokefree campuses with no exemptions.”

The 2010-2011 Community College of Baltimore County College Catalog clearly states that “…Students, employees, and visitors are prohibited from using any tobacco products within 8 meters (25 feet) of  all building entrances, windows that may be opened and air intakes.”  The Catalog goes on to say the smoking is permitted in designated areas and that disposal containers are available for the resulting butts.  Above is one such disposal unit. Read the rest of this entry »