Campus: San Francisco State University -- November 26, 2003
Cigarette Sales Banned at SFSU, Part of CSU Effort
The SFSU Bookstore stopped ordering tobacco products on Aug. 15 and has since
sold out of its entire stock of cigarettes. The decision not to sell tobacco
products is part of a larger effort to reduce smoking on CSU campuses. Smoking
has been banned in all California state-owned buildings since Feb. 19, 1993.
Tobacco sales comprised $330,000 of the Bookstore's $17 million annual sales,
but despite the financial loss, the Bookstore decided to stop selling cigarettes
through the two snack shops it operates in the Cesar Chavez Student Center after
consulting with diverse members of the University community, such as Associated
Students Inc. and the administration. The hard decision was made because it is
the socially right thing to do, says Bookstore General Manager Rob Strong.
According to Strong, only three or four bookstores in the entire CSU system
continue to sell tobacco products, and of those, two will soon stop selling
The Bookstore's action coincided with the release of a new University directive,
which extends a smoking ban near building doorways or ground air intake
structures from 15 to 30 feet. SFSU is one of the two CSU campuses that ban
smoking to 30 feet.
The recent extension of the "smoke-free zone" around campus buildings is
intended to protect University students and employees by limiting their exposure
to environmental tobacco smoke or second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke has been
recognized as the third leading cause of preventable death, behind active
smoking and alcohol use, and has been designated a carcinogen, a substance
known to cause human cancer, by the State of California and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.
All CSU campuses have outdoor smoking bans similar to the one at SFSU, limiting
smoking near doorways and ventilation intakes anywhere from 15 to 30 feet. At 30
feet, SFSU and CSU Stanislaus are the strictest among all CSU campuses. However,
other CSU campuses, such as San Diego State University and Sonoma State
University, ban smoking near food establishments, constructed seating areas,
and bus stop shelters in addition to entryways and vents.
College deans and their staffs are in charge of implementing the smoking ban.
In buildings that are not administered by colleges, those in charge of the
facilities are responsible for enforcing the smoking ban.
In conjunction with similar smoking bans in all state buildings and facilities,
this directive will protect approximately 180,000 state workers from the effects
of second-hand smoke during the course of their employment.