Posted On: January 14, 2019
What should I do when people are smoking too close to enclosed areas? I am unsure how to best influence them from smoking there. The smoke gets into enclosed areas, which becomes carcinogenic second-hand smoke. They leave too soon for security to witness.
Thank you for your questions! This is certainly an issue that comes up from time to time, and it seems like you’re attempting to do the right thing by informing security. I would recommend contacting security to let them know that there is a problem at that particular building and suggest more frequent check-ins and ride-bys. You could also connect with your program head or associate dean to let them know what you are witnessing, and how it impacts your health. They may be able to assist.
As to influencing people from smoking in non-designated areas, if you feel comfortable doing so you could let them know that their second-hand smoke has a negative effect on people who may have respiratory distress, and suggest that they move to the designated smoking areas provided. BCIT does have a smoking policy https://www.bcit.ca/files/pdf/policies/7100_pr6.pdf and so you have a right to enjoy smoke-free environments while studying at BCIT. If you have any further questions, or if you would like assistance with this matter please feel free to send us an email or stop by the office for a chat. Thanks again for connecting with the Advocacy office!