Argumentative Essay On Smoking On Campus

  • Idealistic vs. Realistic

    My school recently held an open forum on whether or not smoking should be allowed on campus. I have attended other schools where tobacco use was banned on campus. The idea was that everyone would all of a sudden quit smoking. The result (in reality), was the removal of ashtrays and people just throwing cigarette butts on the ground. As the vast majority of students are 18+ (adults), they should be able to decide if they want to smoke or to quit. I feel that smoking areas are a reasonable alternative. The reasoning for not having designated areas is that A) smoking is bad B) smoking offends people and, (after lots of questions) C) The school wouldn't qualify for specific grants. Reason A should be left up to the adult. Reason B would open pandora's box for endless banning on campus. Reason C is such a joke (likely why it is often hidden). If you don't smoke, then don't smoke! Don't tell other people what to do or you open the door for anyone to tell you what to do!

  • Tobacco Free Altogether?

    I don't know why there cant just be smoking areas? If they're far enough away, you won't be breathing it in. I'm a smoker and I feel like I'm part of a culture that is looked down upon. It's not okay for someone to discriminate against a person for making the choice to follow a religion, but it is okay to discriminate against me because i choose to smoke? The real problem is that many campuses are 100% tobacco free, including chewing tobacco. Somebody chewing tobacco produces nothing in the air and does not effect anybody else whatsoever. If colleges really care about the students health maybe they would get rid of Sodexo (many students are FORCED to pay for a meal plan) with their low-grade, processed cafeteria food and feed students something with nutritional value. Maybe don't sell students junk food in the dining hall? Oh wait, I'm an adult and it's my choice to eat junk food, just like it's my choice to use tobacco.

  • Tobacco Free Is Ridiculous

    I don't know why there cant just be smoking areas? If they're far enough away, you won't be breathing it in. I'm a smoker and I feel like I'm part of a culture that is looked down upon. It's not okay for someone to discriminate against a person for making the choice to follow a religion, but it is okay to discriminate against me because i choose to smoke? The real problem is that many campuses are 100% tobacco free, including chewing tobacco. Somebody chewing tobacco produces nothing in the air and does not effect anybody else whatsoever. If colleges really care about the students health maybe they would get rid of Sodexo (many students are FORCED to pay for a meal plan) with their low-grade, processed cafeteria food and feed students something with nutritional value. Maybe don't sell students junk food in the dining hall? Oh wait, I'm an adult and it's my choice to eat junk food, just like it's my choice to use tobacco.

  • Tobacco Free Is Ridiculous

    I don't know why there cant just be smoking areas? If they're far enough away, you won't be breathing it in. I'm a smoker and I feel like I'm part of a culture that is looked down upon. It's not okay for someone to discriminate against a person for making the choice to follow a religion, but it is okay to discriminate against me because i choose to smoke? The real problem is that many campuses are 100% tobacco free, including chewing tobacco. Somebody chewing tobacco produces nothing in the air and does not effect anybody else whatsoever. If colleges really care about the students health maybe they would get rid of Sodexo (many students are FORCED to pay for a meal plan) with their low-grade, processed cafeteria food and feed students something with nutritional value. Maybe don't sell students junk food in the dining hall? Oh wait, I'm an adult and it's my choice to eat junk food, just like it's my choice to use tobacco.

  • I feel discriminated against

    I am over 18 and have the right to smoke. It's not socially acceptable to show favor or hate based on one's beliefs, race, gender, culture, religion, lifestyle, or sexual orientation. Smoking is a part of my lifestyle and it's something that I have chosen to do. By banning smoking on college campuses, you are banning my lifestyle and therefore discriminating against me, which shouldn't be socially acceptable.

  • Designated Smoking Areas

    There's a big difference in banning smoking inside than outside. It's easily avoided if they're confined to out of the way spots on the campus, therefore nonsmokers won't breathe it in. It's going way to far to take away their rights to smoke. Going off campus multiple times a day to smoke is a huge hassle while walking around a smoking section is not.

  • Designated Smoking Areas are Reasonable

    Designated smoking areas (outdoors and in separate ventilated space outdoors) give smokers the ability to smoke without offending others.

    This isn't about protecting non-smokers health as outdoors smoke present no health risk and indoors second hand smoke provides a negligible risk. This is about preserving choice and liberty and balancing the liberties of individuals and small groups with the preferences of a majority.

  • I am addicted to it

    I do not think it is a good idea to band smoking because smokers have been smoking for a long time . Also smokers do need to smoke between classes and it going to be harsh on them if they cant . That remind my of my country when thy been so rode agents snookers

  • No I have my rights

    I have been smoking since i was 15 years old and i am now 18 attending college and my campus is smoke free so therefore in have to drive down the road to the gas station everytime i want to smoke a cigarette. I believe that it is limiting my rights as a person because smoking is a legal activity. I also believe that they should have a certain section of campus to smoke at because i do respect those around me when it comes to smoking.

  • Designate a smoke-friendly zone; it's really not that difficult!

    My school's initial "ban" restricted smoking to certain areas. This was completely accepted by all smokers here. Nobody complained.

    Then, they amended the ban to be campus wide (including personal vehicles). Are you kidding me? We spend 6+ hours here a day. Restrict smoking to certain zones (hell, the edge of campus is fine...This is a small school). Banning it entirely is absurd.

    Moreover, smokers now go on the town's sidewalk bordering campus but have nowhere to throw their butts. If you walk onto campus holding one, you risk being "charged" with violating the ban. So they end up in the street. The school won't even put a receptacle by this sidewalk because it "condones" the habit.

    It's ridiculous.

  • For every eight smoker’s tobacco kills, one non-smoker is also killed by second hand smoke.´(American Lung Association) With a fact like that, it makes one really think about where they have been and how much smoke they have been subjected to. For me, attending college every day and walking through clouds of smoke to get from class to class really begins to put my health into perspective. Should a public place such as a college campus receive more rights than a facility such as a restaurant, department or grocery store? With an individuals health rights, the cleanliness around campus, and overall irritation of some of the students at risk, I believe college campus’ should become America’s new target against smoking and become smoke free.

    When something starts to validate an individuals health rights, issues will be brought up. Smoking is something that America has discovered more and more about over the years and has found increasing numbers of facts about diseases and problems associated with it and the pollution it emits. Anyone who passes by a smoker can inhale the excess smoke and potentially be affected. Slowly, second hand smoke is something we are starting to become more aware of and businesses around America are starting to crack down on banning smoking in their facilities. College campus’ have not been hit by this new ban, though, and continue to let students crowd around their doors to get a smoke in between classes. Because the students tend to crowd around the doors, students entering or exiting the building inhale the smoke. Personally I am an individual that does not smoke so I really do not have any desire to incur any of the dangers that are associated with it.

    Also because college campuses are where students spend the majority of their day, avoiding contact with it is almost impossible. According to the US Dept. of Health, second-hand smoke has much higher levels of tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide than the direct smoke a smoker inhales. “The Federal Environmental Protection Agency has classified second-hand smoke as a Group A carcinogen. This category includes only the most dangerous cancer-causing substance, such as asbestos and radon.” (American Lung Association) The potential effects of second hand smoke are a lot more dangerous than people expect, and the build up from inhalation can lead to serious problems for individuals in the future.

    Just by simply passing by a smoker and taking a breath in and out, over time can cause damage. If this becomes an everyday routine, as one walks to and from his/her class each day they are at risk for potential problems from second hand smoke. Everyone has the right to smoke once they’ve reached the legal age, and I have no desire to discriminate against them, but if they choose to jeopardize their health it should have nothing to do with a stranger just passing by as they enjoy. A possible drive or smoke before or after they attend school might be a solution just as long as the individual isn’t on campus.

    Also, with smoking, cleanliness of the campus becomes an issue. For smokers, big cement ashtrays are set up outside to collect the excess cigarette when the individual is done smoking it. These ashtrays often are not given a second glance and the cigarette butts are thrown on the ground around the campus doors. The sight of cigarette butts strewn along the sidewalks around campus is disgusting and does not do much for the lawn attempting to grow along it. When the ashtrays are used, the smell of smoke emanates from them. Pollution from the cigarettes is also an issue, whether it is coming from the cigarette and the individual smoking it outside, or from the ashtrays.

    Smoke from anything causes damage to our environment and pollutes the air around it, but with cigarette smoke especially, chemicals are being emitted into the atmosphere as well. Persecution against smokers has never been my goal but when the place where I spend the majority of my day becomes a slight dumping ground for smoking, I believe some alternative needs to be made. Possibly, areas set up away from the campus specifically for smokers could be created so as not to punish college smokers but to keep the cigarette pollution in a confined area.

    From some of the problems that are surrounding smoking on campus, some students have begun to get irritated. Author, Lydia Sax states, “Smoking is on the rise, physical and emotional self confidence is down, and feelings of stress are up,” for college students. We all understand that smoking relieves stress for some but with the number of smokers on college campuses, non-smokers are starting to become affected. After walking in from outside, clothes tend to smell of smoke and those allergic to the particles become affected.

    Issues may be minor and tolerable to a point but when instances of individuals who do not have any desire to be affected by smoke become more and more frequent, students want a change. Second hand smoke is dangerous and the affects of smoke have only disadvantages. I think everyone is aware of the effects of smoking and those who chose to ignore them, choose to ignore them. But for those people that choose not to be affected, second hand smoke can be very irritating.

    With the awareness of the dangers smoking causes, companies around the world are working to no longer allow it in their buildings. The dangers of second hand smoke and the irritants of it have finally become truly noticed. College campuses are still allowing it, and it is affecting the students. With issues concerning an individuals health rights, the cleanliness of the campus, and irritation of students, I feel that smoking should be banned from campuses. Everyone has a right to choose what or what not to subject themselves to, because second hand smoke has been proven to be just as harmful as first hand, for some people that right has been revoked.

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