Published in the Montana Kaimin, 9/30/2010
Disturbing the Peace: Smoke and Mirrors
Amid the ample press time the impending campus tobacco ban has received lately, I thought I would stay away from the subject and focus on other things. However, since no real opponent to the ban has put the pen to paper, I thought "What the hell?"
If you missed the scuttlebutt, The University of Montana is going tobacco free in the fall of 2011. The reason behind the ban is in the name of public health, preserving the lungs of non-smokers from the evils of secondhand smoke. A noble cause, right? Well, yeah, but....
First, the question of having designated smoking areas on campus has been brought up but never addressed. Why not make a few spots on campus smoker-friendly so the cancer fiends can get their fix but the wheezy asthmatics can easily avoid the smoke? Also, remember that the campus extends quite a ways. Do the smokers who live in Lewis and Clark have to cross the street to smoke?