I’m not a fan of smoking. It’s a smelly, nasty habit that’s bad for you. However, it’s a legal product and smokers are mostly only harming themselves (I also think the effects of second-hand smoke are overblown), so what’s it to me?
Nevertheless, a member of the Board of Regents has proposed a complete ban on smoking at Georga’s colleges and universities. Under Regent Thomas Hopkins’ proposal, no “*student, staff, or visitor” would be allowed to smoke on campus….anywhere.
“Most of these kids start smoking at school because they think it looks cool and they’re away from home and their parents,” Hopkins said. “But, it’s not healthy and I would hope we would do something about that.” The board is likely to have some opposition from students. Student smokers see the ban as an intrusion on their rights.
“We’re paying to go to school and we should be allowed to do this. We’re not in high school anymore,” said Foster Bass, a botany student at Georgia Perimeter College.
Bass and his friends were standing outside on a recent day, across from the cafeteria in an area where smoking is allowed on the college’s Clarkston campus. Many in the group had been smoking about a fourth of their lives.
“This is not right and this ban would be ridiculous,” said Matthew, 19, a computer engineering student at GPC. “It would be just one more way of banning our freedom. I think they put too much emphasis on not smoking. This isn’t illegal.”
Oh, you silly, young, college students. You’re not capable of making decisions for yourself, someone smarter than you must do it for you.
So, is this a good idea or a bad one? Discuss.