UW-Stout to hire monitors to try to stop smoking on campus

(WEAU) – Friday, the chancellor of UW-Stout announced the campus will hire tobacco monitors to try and stop people from smoking on campus.

The Stout campus has been tobacco free since 2010 and is the only public four year school in Wisconsin to do so. But the university says some people are still smoking in areas that are aren't allowed, so it hopes hiring tobacco monitors will help.

Executive Director of Communications and External Relations Doug Mell said "They're going to be trained, they're going to be told what to do and so we hope this will increase our level of compliance significantly."

The monitors will start at the beginning of the 2012 to 2013 school year.

UW-Eau Claire says it will also begin enforcing a campus smoking policy on May 1st.

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  • by menoman Location: state/of/confusion on Apr 23, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    Too bad we can't vote out the chancelor and all the regents. That would do 2 things...oust a few communists from power and save the taxpayers some $$$.
  • by Anonymous Location: UW Stout on Apr 22, 2012 at 10:24 PM
    I think this is a good idea. If the kids actually listened when people tried to tell them or ask them not to smoke we wouldn't need this. I hate walking around campus or anywhere in public and all of a sudden I walk through someones cigarette smoke. People argue that its taken away smokers freedom. No. Its giving back the freedom of clean air to the people who make the health choice of not smoking. If you want to smoke do it somewhere where its not going to harm other people. Your life. Your problem. Shouldn't be mine and others who choose not to smoke.
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      by Heidi on Apr 24, 2012 at 03:23 AM in reply to Anonymous
      ITs a campus policy,the campus police/security should be the ones enforcing it. they have the man power.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
    What a waste of money
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
    Where do you think Federal Money comes from? The federal money tree in DC? It comes from the Gov't stealing it from us at gunpoint. So even though it's not from the state budget, I still have a right to ask why it's necessary.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    Smokers break rules. They litter. Bust them, Dano....
  • by Diane Location: Menomonie on Apr 21, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    The hiring of monitors wouldn't be necessary if these kids could follow rules! Maybe a required class should be on following rules in this society.
  • by Teddy on Apr 21, 2012 at 05:48 AM
    The left (democrats) will not rest until all liberties (freedoms) are extinguished (taken away).
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      by Anon on Apr 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM in reply to Teddy
      Bush took away a bunch of freedoms himself, and if Cheney had his way, there would have been a lot more taken away.
  • by taxpayer on Apr 21, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    Hall monitors next? Don't tell me we don't have any money....we have excess evidently.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM
    Wow! Maybe using the Nazis as a comparison is in bad taste, but come on folks! There is already campus police, now your telling me the "state" wants specialized police to target a certain behavior within a population. You can't tell me this doesn't sound like the beginning or extension of our society turning into a police state?
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      by Heidi on Apr 24, 2012 at 03:25 AM in reply to
      AMEN anon!!! As for using Nazis as comparison, they coined this type of behavior. Along with so many other radical groups throughout history.
  • by Anon on Apr 20, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    First off the original smoking ban was created/approved by the students, so of course they should be the ones to enforce it. Second, when anyone pays people to do a job it is not a waste of money, where do you think their money goes?.... right back into the economy as they buy new things with their money and sell the things they don't want anymore. Creating a job, regardless of how silly we might think the job is, is never a waste of money 'cause the money comes right back. Finally, when will smokers realize smoking is stupid. It is a waste of time, money, and health. It is too bad that we have to "police" smoking so those of us who know better don't have to deal with smoker waste. All the students are trying to do is protect their own health. If you want to smoke ok, that is your right, smoke all you want in your own home--kill your own family and friends, not strangers, innocent bystanders.
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