I don’t smoke and doubt I ever will. Personally, I think it’s rather icky, and I can’t stand the smell. However, I never really notice too many students smoking on Butler’s campus, which is why the email we received a few days ago was pleasant but unexpected.
Once I had read the email, I began to recall conversations concerning the smoking ban discussion that occurred last year. Here’s what’s happening, according to the message from the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and chair of the Smoke-Free Campus committee, Mary Andritz: “The University has modified its smoking policy to allow smoking exclusively in a small number of designated outdoor areas on campus and prohibit smoking while walking on all campus property. The designated areas are in locations outside of frequently traveled pathways and entrances to buildings.”
What do you think? I approve of the new policy. While I would like to ban smoking simply because I dislike the smell of smoke and the fear the health effects of second-hand smoke, I understand there are numerous issues with enforcement and safety and even civil rights. (Though what of my right to breath smoke-free air?) I think this will be a good compromise to protect the health of both smokers and non-smokers. Thoughts? Praise? Vehement disagreement?