Smoking ban wrong choice for Alabama

After reading Wednesday’s doomsday letter to the editor about a campus-wide smoking ban, I almost wrote this column to say my final farewell.
In the letter to the author argued that life itself, each student is at risk if we allow people to use tobacco while on our campus.

Over the past week, several articles and columns have been published throughout the complex smoking ban for Capstone.
In favor of the smoking ban are complaining to the adverse effects of passive smoking and disadvantage to be around people smoking cigarettes while on campus.
Although I can identify with their problems, I would never advocate a ban on smoking when I can just avoid this problem by going around the smoker.
The author’s concept that equated smoking a cigarette in a public places to spraying a toxic venom is as utterly ridiculous as her claim that inhaling secondhand smoke is a violation of individual rights.

By that same logic, the thousands of air pollutants that we inhale everyday from industry in and around campus should be eliminated as well. In an open-air environment like the Quad, secondhand smoke inhalation is not a legitimate concern.
I can admit that the University’s current policy of limiting smoking to 30 feet from a campus building is not being enforced and should be. Nobody wants to walk through a cloud of smoke every morning when they try to go to the door of their dorm or educational buildings, but I do not see a problem if the rules are respected

Theoretically, the adoption of campus-wide smoking ban will force students who paid thousands of dollars to live in a dormitory in order to fully withdraw its personnel from the campus to take part in activities that are otherwise perfectly legal.
The question then turns to the control and supervision. Would UAPD be asked to take some time away from campus security to patrol the campus for smokers? Would they be asked to walk around the campus during the day to look for violators? Failure to effectively implement and maintain such a policy makes it very unenforceable and unnecessary.

Instead of trying to ban smoking all together, we must begin to learn simple ways to allow students to their legal right to use tobacco products, as well as provide other students the opportunity to not be around smoke.
In the past few months, I’ve been in conversations with student leaders and top administrators of universities around our country – some of which have recently enacted or adopted smoking bans. When asked about the smoking bans, they said that the vast majority of the ban has been completed in small steps and in close collaboration with his students.

As I’ve said many times in recent weeks, leaders on this campus, the next step in our policy on campus smoking should be left to the student body as a whole. Such a policy is more than a committee or commission; it should be a referendum on the left of the students.
Before we get ahead of ourselves calling for more regulations and policies, it is important to analyze the potential effectiveness and feasibility of our ideas. That would be almost impossible to completely eliminate tobacco use on campus.

However, by strengthening and enforcing existing rules of smoking, we could significantly reduce the undesirable effects of cigarette smoke.
Complete ban of tobacco would infringe on the rights of students to participate in officially authorized activities. In the spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation, we should explore other options to satisfy both sides.
The CW poll this week asks if you support a smoking ban. Answer it. Let your voice be heard.

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