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Volume 71, Issue 5, Friday, August 26, 2005


Until Friday, UH stores smoke-free

Loss of tobacco licenses for campus stores a result of transition 
from Chartwells to Aramark

By Tina Marie Macias
The Daily Cougar

Smokers will have to spend another week leaving campus to purchase their nicotine fixes because University convenience stores will not begin selling cigarettes until Friday.

Director of Auxiliary Services said that Aramark officials expected to receive their tobacco license two weeks ago.

But because of problems about which Aramark District Manager Alisdiar MacLean said he is uncertain, Aramark, UH's food service provider that oversees the campus convenience stores, has not been issued its tobacco license.

"They should get their licenses because people are here all day, and they need their cigarettes," political science senior Janis Walker said.

Lamar said this is not the first time a food service provider has had problems trying to obtain a license.

Complications have arisen when applying for another type of license used in Harlon's Barbecue, the University Hilton and the University Center Games Room.

"We went through a bump with a liquor license," she said. "It's difficult working with the (Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission)."

When a new food service provider begins serving the University, Lamar said, it must obtain a new tobacco license for each convenience store location: the Moody Towers, Oberholtzer Hall, the University Center and the UC Satellite. 

But some students do not want to see cigarettes back in the University convenience stories.

"They should leave it to convenience stores (off campus)," kinesiology sophomore Ben Grad said. "Why should they make money off of them?"

Computer science junior Bobby Ganou agreed that cigarette sales should be left to off-campus businesses.

"It's pretty good that they don't have their licenses because they are selling them $2 more than average price," he said. "You can buy them cheaper at the pharmacy."

Aramark officially replaced Chartwells as UH's food service provider Aug. 1, and Lamar attributes the lack of a tobacco license to Aramark's transition onto campus.

"With everything opening, they're all just swamped," she said.

With additional reporting by Crystal Anthony.

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