FORT MYERS, Fla. - Signs mark an area where smoking is allowed on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus, but there's no rules against other tobacco products.
"I think dipping is another scenario. Maybe not in class but you know what, it's not like it's bothering anyone else," said Michael Lindsey.
And that's how Michael Lindsey is allowed to use dipping tobacco wherever he wants.
"It's kind of just on my own," said Lindsey.
But his freedom to dip might soon disappear, if a new policy is enacted on campus. On Thursday, Lindsey's schoolmates will ask for signatures to make FGCU tobacco free. Students at the school are working alongside the Lee County Health Department to encourage all business, including the university, to snuff out tobacco use through the Great American Smokeout.
"The larger employees we want to set up a program, it's totally free, at their workplace for their employees and their employees families to help everybody stop smoking or using tobacco products," said Diane Holm with the Lee County Health Department.
The university does offer services to help students. The signatures collected Thursday would only be the first step towards making FGCU completely tobacco free.
"Yeah, if they banned it I would be cool with it," said Lindsey.
Edison State College has a ban in place. It's a lengthy process though. The student senate would need to sponsor a resolution that would then have to be passed by the student government. If a resolution passed, it would be up to the university president to make the final decision.
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