The Smoking Ban on Campus
By: Ashley Philpot
Texas State University instituted a campus-wide smoking ban on Aug. 1, 2011. With the start of the fall 2012 semester, campus authorities began issuing citations.
22-year-old criminal justice major Mario Garatti said, “I didn’t even know they were enforcing it.”
When asked about the ban, 19-year-old smoker and non-supporter Jacob Tinsley said, “I’m not very happy about it.”
Madeline Hays, a 20-year-old junior and English major said, “We are all adults and if we choose to indulge in… cigarettes, then we should be able to.’’
On the other hand, there are some students who agree with the new rule.
Chynna Ayala is one of those students. Ayala is a 19-year-old nutrition major that doesn’t smoke because of its negative health effects. Cassie Deardorff, another student who agrees with the rule, is a 19-year-old sophomore who thinks the ban has made the campus a much prettier place.
Some students feel that everyone on campus who chooses to smoke should have the right to, even if those who feel so are unable or don’t want to.
Ben Lawson, an 18-year-old marketing major, is another student concerned with the health aspect.
Lawson said, “I appreciate the ban, but I feel like there should be a system.”
Due to his pneumonic condition, Lawson can’t smoke but feels some students may feel their freedom is in question.
Brookney Hill, a 21-year-old health information management major, said, “We have liberties that can’t be taken away. There should be a designated area.”