Volume 95, Issue 86

Friday, March 15, 2002
 
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Morals will cost Laurier students $70,000

Admin says no to cigarette sales

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff



A decision by Wilfrid Laurier University's board of governors to enforce a policy banning the sale of cigarettes on the Waterloo campus may cost its student union an estimated $70,000 in revenue.

Last month, Laurier's BOG decided to follow through on a policy banning the sale of cigarettes on campus implemented in 1992, but never enforced until now.

As of July 1, the Centre Spot, a convenience store operated by the Wilfrid Laurier Student Union, will no longer sell cigarettes.

Laurier president Bob Rosehart said in previous years the WLSU has been granted exemptions from the policy.
 
"We morally felt we couldn't continue with this exemption," he said. "It's the issue of making money by selling something that is harmful to people."

Paul Tambeau, chair of the WLSU board, said students will simply purchase cigarettes at numerous convenience stores located near campus. "It dumbfounds me that $70,000 in revenue will go to the 7-Eleven across the street, when it could go to [WLSU] programs," he said. "I think the policy is absolutely preposterous."

Rosehart said the university will assist the WLSU in making up the lost revenue by allowing the student union to charge student fees for part-time students – a new initiative.


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Charging student fees to part-time students will more than make up the lost revenue, Tambeau said. "But people are still going to buy cigarettes and the more money the WLSU has to put towards services, the more we have to make the Laurier experience better."

Banning the sale of cigarettes on campus is part of a larger university smoking policy put in place by BOG.

Smoking will be prohibited within 10 metres of university buildings because of complaints of smoke wafting up into offices adjacent to smoking areas, Rosehart said.

Last year, Western's Pit Stop, owned by the University Students' Council, generated a $57,550 profit from selling cigarettes, said Tim Shortill, USC VP-communications.

"Selling cigarettes, strictly from a business standpoint, is very lucrative," he said.

Shortill said if the Pit Stop were to stop selling cigarettes, it would have to be a decision made by the students.


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