Thursday, October 4, 2012

Smoking Ban Story

Smoking Ban Results in Mixed Emotions

Clayton Rahmberg

On Aug. 1, 2011, Texas State University outlawed tobacco products on all parts of campus.

Emotions are mixed among the students at Texas State. Nick Lowe, a 19-year-old sophomore, thinks that the no-tobacco rule is unnecessary.

"It’s a stupid rule,” said Lowe.

English Major Madeline Hays also believes the rule is excessive. Hays thinks that as adults, students should be able to choose whether or not they want to indulge in smoking. Hays went on to say that the rule has been ineffective due to lack of enforcement by campus officials.

While some students think the rule is overbearing, others see it as a necessary adjustment.

“I think that the campus looks much cleaner,” said Nursing Major Jamie Hooker.

Hooker understands the dangers of smoking and thinks that non-smokers shouldn’t have to put up with secondhand smoke.

A portion of students on campus take no stance on the smoking ban. Apparently, the ban has gone unnoticed by these individuals.

20-year-old sophomore Ben Gleason said, “I’m impartial, I don’t really care.”

Brookney Hill, 21-year-old health information management major, said she doesn’t see people smoking on campus enough for it to affect her.

Smokers and non-smokers alike are being affected by the smoking ban. Campus police now have the power to give citations to students caught smoking on campus property.

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