SGA tables tobacco-free resolution at last meeting

Mike Stunson

The Student Government Association on Tuesday tabled a resolution supporting WKU as a tobacco-free campus.

SGA senators voiced concern that there was not enough student say about a tobacco ban. The senate will now vote on the resolution next semester.

More than 400 people were surveyed by political science major Jack Jackson about the ban, with 47.82 percent of students supporting it, 23.47 percent opposing it and the remaining 28.71 percent neutral on the matter.

Multiple senators said they would like to conduct their own survey in which SGA talks to more students, including ones at WKU’s regional campuses.

Tombstones were laid outside DUC on March 30 to show the dangers of smoking when Jackson gave the original survey. Some senators, including Daniel Shaw, felt the presentation was biased.

“Since they got the emotional response, the survey is not legit,” Shaw said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We can’t use that data.”

Kaylee Egerer, campus improvements chairperson, wrote the resolution. She said Jackson’s group was pleased with their survey results.

“It’s our responsibility to the student voice as it is heard, and this survey had a large amount of support,” Egerer said.

President Gary Ransdell said he won’t support a tobacco-free campus until WKU’s three governing bodies do first. So far, University Senate has supported it, while Staff Council has opposed it.

Smoking is already banned in buildings on campus.