I think smoking is a disgusting habit, and I'm often mystified as to why
college students who presumably know the dangers and social stigmas associated
with smoking still pick up the habit. That said, I don't support a blanket
ban on smoking for all of campus. If someone wants to remove themselves from
the gene pool via cancer or inability to find a reproductive partner,
that's their business, and if they want to do it on campus, I can't
really find a legitimate reason why we should be putting our noses in other
adults' business. I would, however, support banning it from certain areas,
such as the TSC patio where it is a significant problem and where the smokers
usually lack the courtesy to refrain. Currently, you have two choices to get
into the student center: Walk through clouds of disgusting secondhand smoke, or
walk an extra 100' to find another entrance that doesn't lead directly
where you want to go. Additionally, I would support creating a buffer zone
around the elementary school on campus.
Smoke-free is so obviously the best public policy that it is curious why other
campuses in Utah fail to act. It's time, just do it. While they are at it,
add the TRAX waiting areas as smoke free. There's no escape when the guy at
the other end of the bench is creating a cloud of carcinogens.
I was surprised to learn that public universities in Utah are not smoke free.
This is particularly surprising with respect to the University of Utah, which
has a medical school. For comparison, the University of Iowa and all Iowa public
universities have the following policy: "Smoking is prohibited in all
University owned buildings, University owned or leased vehicles, and on all
University grounds. This includes recreational facilities, athletic facilities,
parking lots, and enclosed parking facilities." This policy was implemented
by passage of a law by the state legislature and signed by the governor in 2008.
I disagree with the sentiment expressed in the article: "In reality, it has
to be a student-driven campaign. The students have to really want it. It's
their university." USU is a publics university, and the state government
has the responsibility to protect all visitors to campus for whatever reason
(sporting events etc.) from the health hazards of second hand smoke. I suspect
that some people in Utah feel that it is a religious issue, and hence oppose a
smoke free campus. A smoke free campus is not a religious issue; it is a health
issue. I hope that the Utah Legislature will take action.
Two Dixie State nursing students, Joe Pate and Jim Seely, were major players in
Dixie's new smoke-free policy. They have both since graduated.
Unfortunately the article didn't mention them.
Certainly, LDS Business College's campus is also smoke-free.