One month down for UCSC’s new smoke- and tobacco-free policy
UC Santa Cruz senior and literature major Thomas VanGilder enjoys a cigarette now and again.
But starting Jan. 1, the school became smoke- and tobacco-free—a change VanGilder believes is out of step with its character.
“I think there’s a hypocrisy in the image that the school is trying to create for itself, like there being the Grateful Dead museum that honors the legacy of Jerry Garcia—who drank and smoked cigarettes until the day day he died—and the ’60s era, and a student movement that began here at UCSC,” VanGilder says. “That was an era that defined pleasure; you had the sexual revolution and the re-imagining of what drugs really are.”