Smoking or Non? Soon College Campuses Will Have no Choice in the Matter

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Smoking or Non?  Soon College Campuses Will Have no Choice in the Matter
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If state policy makers get what they want we may be adding college campuses to the list of places where cigarette smoking is banned very soon. The ban would not just take affect over the public buildings but also just in the open air surrounding the colleges.

A recent report from Time magazine discusses the move to ban tobacco use, sale and advertising on college campuses in a number of states across the nation. The state of California is already to put the ban in place starting in 2013.

The idea of nipping the habit in the bud is on the mind of many of those trying to reduce the number of cigarette smokers. It is after all within the college age group that we tend to see most people taking up the habit. The surgeon general reports that 90% of smokers begin between the ages of 18 and 25 and 99% have begun by age 26.

Though many see the impending bans as positive progress in the fight to reduce smoking, exposure to second hand smoke and even the possibility of dorm fires some students who smoke take offense with the restrictions they will soon face. Former Ohio State University student Ida Seitter opposes the ban of tobacco on college campuses stating, “Just back away from me a little bit. I won’t blow it in your face and I’ll try not to be rude. At the same time, I think it’s a little discriminatory for a practice that is considered legal.”

What do you think of the move to ban the use of tobacco on college campuses?

Do you think this may help to reduce the rate of young people picking up the habit?


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  • rach332011 By rach332011

    I think it is a wonderful idea! I quit smoking almost 2 years ago and I quickly realized how offending the smell really is and now it makes me sick to smell smoke!

  • mandajanie By mandajanie

    I remembered walking around on campus and breathing in the smoke from the person in front of me. I hated it! On the other hand, I dislike the government taking away the rights of its people. If people want to poison themselves if they so desire.

  • LMC5209 By LMC5209

    I think it is a wonderful idea. Smoking is a disgusting habit and it affects anyone around the smoker, unlike other drugs. So it makes sense to ban it prob any public place. Plus, I think it might help discourage people from smoking.

  • star_linds By star_linds

    My college campus is instilling a smoking ban at the beginning of next year. I'm looking forward to it, but wonder how they will enforce the rule/law.

  • marymiles123 By marymiles123

    The town I live in just banned smoking in all public places and now the biggest college in town is following suit. The few inconsiderate smokers have ruined it for the smokers that take others clean air in to consideration. I personally do not smoke and I am glad that I can eat in restaurants without having to inhale smoke. And, I am now glad I can visit the college for events and games and not have to inhale poisonous fumes.

  • plogan721 By plogan721

    I am allergic to the stuff and I do not like the smell. It hangs on your clothes and it is a health hazard. to ban smoke altogether would be great to me.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly

    Great idea. Hate the smell of smoke and it's such a health hazard to all that it should be banned.

  • cocoabella By cocoabella

    will help increase sales for ecigs ! The safe way to satisfy that oral fixation! no second hand smoke, no stinky smell. I quit smoking 6 mos ago thanks to the ecig and now can vape in all sorts of yumym flavors, butterscotch bounty, gorilla vanilla. No carinogens and I can still get that feel like I am smoking without inahling smoke into my lungs. And there is no lighting up so you won't have the chance of fire. Seems to me you should see them endorsing ecigs all over the place!

  • MadHatter By MadHatter

    I think its a fantastic idea. I hate walking on campus to have someone blowing smoke in the air and me getting the back draft each time. Not only is it damaging to my health, but to the environment as well since these students or faculty flick their buds all over campus and it just makes the campus look like a big garbage dump.

  • thebeverlyhillsmom By thebeverlyhillsmom

    I would hope it cuts down the number of smokers its a nasty gross habit. Some states already have this type of rule and I have always been a supporter.

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