That One Irish Guy
Many people have their own opinion when it comes to smoking. Some view it as a right, while others view it as a private privilege that should be kept out of the public eye. Ball State has recently implemented a smoke-free campus as part of push towards a healthier environment. While it does make sense to limit the amount of tobacco smoke on campus, we believe with a campus the size of Ball State, there should be a designated place for those who use tobacco to do so without being harassed.
On August 1 of this year, Ball State University became a completely tobacco free campus. This means that any use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, or hookahs on campus may result in a $100 fine. The only time tobacco may be used on campus is when the smoker is in their vehicle with the windows rolled up, or on designated tailgate grounds. Not only has this new policy has caused controversy among students, but the campus police are cracking down on anyone who violates this rule. Ball State says that the new rule was created with the student’s health in mind, and according to a survey of 37 Ball State students, the majority of those surveyed do not smoke. The survey also indicated that 78% of students think the smoking ban should remain in effect. Although the survey indicates that many students agree with Ball State’s new policy, we think this isn’t necessarily an accurate representative of the entire schools opinion as a whole. The fact that out of 37 students, only 2 were current tobacco users should also be taken into account when analyzing the results of the survey.
An article written by Indiana’s WTHR helps to show the extent of the effect of the new “smoke-free campus” initiative. Cline Carrie interviewed one student about her opinions on the rule by saying "It's ridiculous. It's not fair. They're taking away our rights. We're adults.”...