Cigarettes kill 1,200 Americans a day. That’s more people than HIV/AIDS, car crashes and alcohol combined. Michigan State has banned smoking on campus, but the behavior is still common with young people. Now, a new court order might change that. After nearly a decade of court battles, Big Tobacco companies are being forced to pay for ads that tell consumers just how deadly their products are.
It may soon be time for Michigan State University smokers to put out their cigarettes, at least while on school property. For some
Michigan State students this is cause for celebration. Senior Marie Steinbock says her commute to class is sometimes hampered by smokers who gather outside building doors. “I would just really love to be able to walk around campus and not have anyone smoking or anyone chewing tobacco or anything like that,” she says. MSU is forming a task force to help transition the University to a tobacco free campus. While it is still in the very early stages of development the according to Jason Cody, a task for member and Communications manager for Michigan State the force will work to guide the campus towards being tobacco free.
By JOSH THALL
Capital News Service
LANSING — Banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors might make sense to a lot of Michigan residents, but one senator said bringing up new legislation this term could be a waste of time. Sen. Rick Jones, a Grand Ledge Republican, said legislation is at a standstill after Gov. Rick Snyder last month vetoed a bill that would have made e-cigarette sales to minors illegal. Snyder wants e-cigarettes to be regulated and taxed as tobacco products. “The governor will not sign a bill that does not make them into tobacco cigarettes, so they get taxed like regular tobacco cigarettes,” Jones said. “And I don’t believe this legislature will pass that.
Hanging in the local Hookah lounges Blue Midnight and Six Lounge, has become somewhat of a past time for students and city residents in East Lansing but after much review and debate City Council has voted in favor of a new law that will ban future smoke shops from opening their business in the city. Focal Point’s Cortni Moore brings you the story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK92nie22NY&feature=youtu.be