Joseph Villers, staff writer
The smoking culture of Warren Wilson is significantly greater than at comparison schools. Incoming students to Warren Wilson rated 19.9% frequent smokers in a survey, as opposed to 3.5% for comparison schools, according to Dean of Students Cathy Kramer. It was over the Summer of 2007 that cigarette smoking policy changed. Previously, smokers were told where they could not smoke, specifically, within 25 feet of campus buildings. The new policy designated where they could smoke: five tents across central campus (Gladfelter side) and at least 25 feet away from all buildings on “shady side.” The funding came from Sandy Pfeiffer’s discretionary budget.A total ban on smoking cigarettes on campus, an area of about 1,200 acres, would meet with strong opposition.
“This year I’ve noticed more people not complying and more complaints from people affected by second-hand smoke,” said Cathy Kramer.
The area of greatest concern is the bridge, which is included as a non-smoking area and ignored as such by many.
“Some people on campus would really like to see us go totally smoke-free, and some people are completely opposed to that. The argument is that other campuses are going the direction of smoke free, and if we cared about health and wellness[...]” Kramer said.
Advocates of free choice espouse for an open campus as long as people are respectful of one another.
There is currently no pragmatic approach to quitting cigarettes at Warren Wilson. At Wellness, located in Upper Vining B, students can find “No specific program, [but] brochures and tinctures” according to sophomore and Wellness Crew member Kathryn Krolikowski.
Wellness is currently attempting to team up with the Health Center for something more systematic.
Wellness techniques include cupping, where little glass or plastic suction cups attach from skin to pump, the theory being that instead of compressing tissue the cups break it up, allowing for the release of toxins and increased blood flow. Another technique is acupuncture, wherein five sterile needles are daily inserted into the ear, in conjunction with a strong commitment to alter behavior and eradicate the memory of smoking, which can be conjured by everything from a lighter to a toothbrush.