The Paw Print
It has come to my attention in recent weeks that the Adams State Senate and Faculty have been discussing the possibility of transforming the Adams State campus into a completely smoke free campus.
A couple of weeks ago, a student filed a complaint with AS&F concerning smoking here on campus. According to the email, this student desired a campus in which smoking was completely and utterly not allowed. The student found smoking to be offensive and an infringement upon their personal freedom.
But what exactly is being infringed? Here on campus, as it stands today, smoking is not allowed inside any of the school buildings. Instead, smokers are required to stand approximately fifteen feet from the nearest building while in the process of actually smoking. While this regulation is often poorly enforced, it still conforms.
Regardless of whether you smoke or not, this campus is a public institution and has little right to completely ban smoking within college grounds. The college itself is paid for by the tax payers, over 20% of whom are smokers. In America, we as citizens have a choice to live as we so chose within certain guidelines. The choice of whether or not to smoke falls within our freedom of choice.
Why is it that the people who are offended by a certain action, however small the population may be, control so much of the power? One student complained concerning smoking here on campus, and suddenly AS&F is considering making changes to transform the campus into a completely non-smoking campus.
If I find cursing to be offensive should the campus take the steps necessary to do away with foul language? What about certain types of cologne? If I didn’t like the smell of a certain cologne and found the fragrance to be offensive, should the campus conform to my wishes and eliminate the use of certain colognes? Most people, I would hope, would agree to the fact that neither of these complaints should be backed by the campus. If I don’t care for cursing or fragrances, or in this case smoking, I have the right and the choice to avoid these situations as much as possible. Those who chose to partake in these actions have the same equal rights to do as they so desire.
AS&F held a forum on Tuesday to hear from concerned students regarding the issue. The results of the forum and the decision as to what direction AS&F will actually go are yet to be seen. Those interested in the issue are encouraged to contact AS&F to express their opinions.