Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Smoking on campus....we need your opinion!

Blogs are a great forum for public debate and so we want to use this blog to talk about a burning issue...smoking on campus. Dr. Nichols is interested in finding out what people think about a more extensive smoking ban on campus. Currently smoking is restricted to the outdoors and certain distances from each building. Many TBR colleges and universities have adopted tougher restrictions that only allow for smoking in parking lots. An even tougher restriction could call for no smoking anywhere on campus. What do you think? Feel free to respond in the comments section below and take part in our poll on the left side of your screen.

Posted by Eric. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

11 comments:

tiger said...

I don't smoke, and I'm generally a BIG fan of government persuasion to be safe (seat belts, air bags, motorcycle helmets, labor laws, etc) but I think the anti-smoking thing is WAY out of hand. I would rather be able to choose to go to a smoking restaurant or not, and exactly what IS a coffee shop with no smoking????? Anyway, I would like to see smoking areas available, such as a lounger in Wood campus center

Randy said...

I normally don't comment on stuff like this but this is one where even outdoors there still is an issue. If you are walking on the sidewalk or going into a building, you must pass smokers and you still get a breath of smoke. That just should not be allowed to happen. If people want to smoke, let them go sit in their car or go stand in the middle of the lawns away from people that do not want to breathe that stuff. Holding your breath as I tend to do is only marginally effective in avoiding the problem.

Vol State said...

I like the fact that smoking has been restricted to certain locations on campus. One of the problems that remains is that the 10 ft line is often established at main entrances such as the Mattox building. This forces entrants to brave a virtual "wall of smoke" to get into this building. I personally just hold my breath when there are many smokers in the area. I know this area is appealing because it provides some shelter in inclement weather. But why can't the area be moved away from the entrance to allow "un-fogged" entry for all? This would really give everyone a smoke-free path.

-Phil

Phailey said...

In my opinion, non-smokers have created this situation with the attitude of "I don't smoke, neither should you." Non-smokers have run smokers out of the buildings into the cold, the rain and snow. Now there is mention of the middle of the lawn.
Well, I feel that behind every policy there is a core belief. If that core belief is sound, then it should be applied to other circumstances, also. For the horticulture fans on campus, some people go into sneezing fits when exposed to pollen. Let's ban flowers from campus. For everyone with a sweet tooth, some people are diabetic. Should they be exposed to the smell of your pies or chocolate cake.
The Dining Room is a small meat-n-three resturant in Gallatin that recently went 21 and up because most of their patrons were smokers. The owner said people with kids had cursed and really caused a scene when turned away. These people that were strangely silent before were suddenly upset now that they were the ones treated like second class citizens.
It just strikes me as odd that with so many "progressives" on campus that we must accept muti cultures and their differences. We must accept the gay lifestyle as an alternative lifestyle. But, don't you dare smoke a cigarette around us.

Susan said...

I am not a smoker but I do not think we should ban smoking entirely from the campus. For whatever reason, the smoker "needs a cigarette" before or after class, maybe to calm down or get their thoughts together. If we make them go out to their cars to smoke, they may just decide to drive away and not go back to class. Smokers will quit when they decide to quit - non-smokers cannot force the issue. What might be acceptable to all is to provide designated smoking areas further away from the building doors.

bushinelmo said...

Ok I do not smoke and I do not wish to have it around if I don't have to.

SO I can look at this from two different ways.

First one is that everyone has a right and as long as it's not hurting the health of others around them they can do what they chose but if smoke is being blown into my face or into my car because I have the window down next to someone in the parking lot thats not fair to my health so I think that a smokers building far away from the main buildings is the best anwser if we wish to still allow smoking. But It needs to be a stand alone building that wouldn't allow smoked filled air in through the a/c unit and spread small amounts of smoke back into other rooms in the rest of the building.

Or the second is that flat out just like all of the other government buildings and state parks smoking is not allowed why should this be any different. I read the comments that someone posted about we shouldn't plant flowers, and have chocolate or something thing along these lines the true difference is standing in a room fill with chocolate and breathing it will not kill cells in your body like smoke will.

I do think that ALL bars and nightclubs where children have no business being should allow smoking no questions that is what those places were disigned for.

BS said...

I use to smoke, but I havent picked one up in almost a year. so I know how students feels when they have that craving for it..
But since I have quit I dont like the smell. The only thing that bothers me is when you are walking to class and many students stands in a huddle where you cant get by them and many of them are smoking, and they are blowing it right onto the person trying to get by. Im not saying to make the entire campus non smoking (it would of made me mad) but have it where they can only smoke in the grass instead of the side walk and close to the doors, I know they stand there when its raining. For us non smokers we would like to get to class without smell bad when we get in there...

JGJ said...

I recently quit smoking (19 days ago) so I can understand both sides. I always felt uncomfortable smoking in front of entrances or in crowded areas and usually removed myself to a more remote location. It was no great inconvenience to extend this courtesy to non-smokers. I can also understand why some smokers become defensive when they feel non-smokers are encroaching upon a smoker's perceived rights. Smokers have had a long history of being picked on, taxed, and shunned. I say perceived rights because there are no rights to smoke. No law says you must be allowed to smoke or be given a warm comfortable place to do so, it is a nice when you are given such a gift but it is not required. That being said, I feel it is unfair for a smoker to feel oppressed if they are asked to smoke in a designated area or areas away from possibly exposing others to second hand smoke. You cannot expect your perceived rights to be honored while trampling upon another’s. You trample upon a non-smoker’s perceived right to breath fresh air or not to be exposed to second-hand smoke. It is as inconsiderate of others as speeding in your car. You make choice the between ariving at your destination early, or whatever your excuse is, and risking the lives of others by not conforming to the law or the general flow of traffic. Perceived rights are one of the most troubling areas of our society and sometimes it is needlessly so. Respecting our fellow humans should always come before self-interest. Moving smokers to a designated area is not about the perceived rights of smokers and non-smokers, it is about the right thing to do; the right thing is for smokers to remove themselves from areas that would expose non-smokers without it having to be mandated.

kali said...

Moderator: what happened to the 30 something other comments? I noticed that there were two sections to leave comments. the other section is missing???

Vol State said...

Kali: There are two postings where people have been leaving comments. You are thinking of the other posting where you have also left comments. Just scroll up on the blog and you'll see them all.

Eric, Vol State staff.

kali said...

moderator: Ha! I found it right after I sent that to you...lol! ;)
thank you!