No smoking may be the campus-wide rule at the University of Iowa now. But football fans who smoke will find a game-day exception at Kinnick Stadium.
Beginning July 1st, smoking was banned at the U of I campus within 25 feet of any building, parking garage or athletic facility. But when it came to Kinnick Stadium, the decision was to use the same rules in place last year. Smokers can light up in four open air corners of the stadium.
Since fans can't leave during the game, and get back in, the feeling was strictly enforcing the campus-wide smoking ban would make too many fans unhappy. Paula Jantz, associate athletic director, said "that was something we took into consideration . Again, we support the campus-wide no smoking policy."
However, the 25-foot rule does apply before and after the game. So fans can't smoke within 25 feet of the stadium itself.
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23. Guest Opinion: Alcohol Energy Drinks Come With Risk (Arizona)
Seeking to capitalize on the growing popularity of nonalcoholic energy drinks, many beverage companies are now selling versions that contain alcohol.
They have rolled out major marketing campaigns that portray the drinks as a great way to increase stamina and party till dawn.
One company trumpets its product as "a new power source for the 21st century."
"Who's up for staying out all night?" asks another ad.
Says another, "Say hello to an endless night of fun."
Such advertising, aimed at young people, suggests that the drinks have a safe, energizing effect while failing to mention the potentially severe, harmful consequences of mixing caffeine and other stimulants with alcohol.
That's why I recently joined attorneys general from 29 states in a letter asking the federal government to investigate advertising claims made by the makers of these products.
We're asking the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to take appropriate enforcement action against companies that make misleading health-related statements about the drinks.
These drinks present a significant health and safety risk for America's youth. Alcohol is the country's No. 1 drug problem among young people. The three leading causes of teen death - auto crashes, homicides and suicides - all are strongly associated with alcohol.
A recent medical study tested the interaction of alcohol and energy drinks. It found that caffeine and other stimulants did nothing to reduce the negative effects on people's motor skills and visual reaction times, but it did reduce their perception of alcohol intoxication.
The study makes it clear that people who consume these beverages will often falsely believe they can continue to drink and function without impairment, even behind the wheel of a car.
On the state level, I'm working with Jerry Oliver, director of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, to see that the alcohol drinks are not marketed in ways that allow them to be mistaken for nonalcoholic versions.
More specifically, we are asking distributors and retailers to keep nonalcoholic and alcohol versions separate and clearly labeled in stores, to review training procedures for clerks to make sure they know which energy drinks contain alcohol and to program cash registers so clerks will ask for proof of age before selling the alcohol drinks.
Alcohol energy drinks come with significant risks. Consumers, and young people especially, need to know much more than the extravagant and sometimes misleading claims made by the advertisers.