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Focus on bigger problems than cigarette smokers

I am sick of reading all of the letters that bash smoking on campus and equate it to some kind of terrible, purposeful crime against all non-smokers around campus.

The antismoking advocates claim to be creating an inviting environment for everyone on campus. While this is a noble thought, in the same paragraph they try to justify excluding people that smoke.

I am a non-smoker and I donâÄôt mind it when people obey the current rules by smoking outside and away from doors on campus.

What really bothers me about this whole debate is that no one seems to be bothered by the much larger and sinister causes of asthma and a host of other diseases from pollution.

Auto emissions alone are enormous contributors to asthma, not to mention all the harmful effects the emissions have on the environment.

While it is possible to walk around and avoid smoking to a large extent, it is impossible to avoid air contaminated by emissions from the vehicles that power our society.

Instead of trying to stifle the freedoms of a minority of people on campus, we should focus our energy on improving the health of everyone that is exposed to far more harmful air pollution on a daily basis.

John Sens

University student

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