Thursday, October 4, 2012

Smoking Ban Causes Frustration

By: Ashley Jordan

Texas State University issued a campus-wide smoking ban in August 2011, creating a variety of opinions among current students. Whether a smoker or non-smoker, each student approaches the ban from a different angle.  

Paul Bissett, a 22-year-old geography major, feels the legality of the smoking ban is an important issue. "I know that people break the rules and smoke anyways, and for that purpose there should be a place for them to go with ashtrays," Bissett said.

A few students proposed that the campus have designated smoking areas. Smokers and non-smokers alike favored this idea.

“We have liberties that can’t be taken away,” said Senior Brookney Hill, a non-smoker. "There should be a designated area."

Sophomore Nick Lowe also brought up the idea of having a designated area for smoking. “Plenty of people already smoke on campus,” Lowe said. “Why don’t we make a spot for all of us?”

While many students may disagree with the ban, there are also students who welcome it.

“I think it’s awesome,” said 19-year-old Cassie Deardorff. “I think it makes [the campus] a friendlier and happier place to be.” 

Also among those in favor of the ban is 20-year-old Cristina Hernandez, who believes it is ideal to have a campus filled with clean air and students with clean lungs. 

Regardless of the varying opinions among students, university police and other campus officials have begun issuing citations to those who violate the ban.

For some students, the threat of receiving a ticket is not enough to persuade them to obey the rule.

“I didn’t even know they were enforcing it,” said Criminal Justice Major Mario Garatti. “But if they’re going to give me citations, I guess I’ll hide my smoking better.”

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