Thursday, October 4, 2012

Students Seek Change in Smoking Ban

By Nancy Young

Texas State University’s smoking ban took effect Aug. 1, 2011. The rules ban smoking cigarettes on all parts of campus. A majority of students believe there should be changes to the rule.

The smoking ban has not affected Health Information Management Major Brookney Hill, who feels students should have certain rights.

“We have liberties that can’t be taken away," said Hill, a senior. "There should be a designated area. We are all adults and should be able to make our own decisions.”

Freshmen Marketing Major Ben Lawson said he believes it is a good law to have on campus, but students should not feel like their freedom is questioned.

“I appreciate the ban, but I also feel like there should be a system,” Lawson said. “People have the right to smoke, but should not be ticketed at first.”

English Major Madeline Hays agrees that student smokers should have the right to be able to smoke if they want to.  

“We’re all adults and if we choose to indulge in…cigarettes, then we should be able to,” said Hays, a junior who is a non-smoker. “I don’t think [the smoking ban] has done anything as tremendous as they thought it was going to do.”

Senior Spanish Major Edward Gutierrez says the ban doesn’t affect him. Gutierrez has never even seen someone get a citation on campus.

“There should be at least be some kind of smoking restriction,” said Gutierrez, a 23-year-old full-time student. “If not a campus-wide ban, then at least restricted in main areas near buildings.”

Mathematics Major Jacob Tinsley believes it is hard for people who are required to live on campus to smoke. Tinsley proposes a change to the ban.

“I would try to change it and just have designated smoking areas with ashtrays or trashcans so that there wouldn’t be [cigarette] butts lying everywhere,” said Tinsley, a junior.

Agreeing with other students, Sophomore Will Wilson believes there should be designated smoking areas around campus.

“I feel like smoking shouldn’t be banned on campus,” said Wilson, a 19-year-old biology major. “There should at least be designated smoking areas for people who want to smoke.”

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