Smoking is a choice

In response to Kirsten Lesak-GreenbergâÄôs letter to the editor on the smoking ban, I want to state my opinion that I would be against such a ban, being an occasional smoker myself, and because it would not be an effective deterrent to stop people from smoking. Everyone these days knows the dangers of smoking and the adverse consequences it can have on oneâÄôs health âÄî it says so right on the box. Therefore a smoking ban will not affect how people make decisions on whether they are going to smoke, and thus is not going to change the number of non-smokers on campus. It is no surprise to smokers that they are at an increased risk of cancer. But this fact cannot be used as an argument against the ban. The fact of the matter is that it is a choice. Furthermore, if your argument is about the adverse effects of secondhand smoke, what about the emissions from vehicles that travel on campus, which are just as bad, if not worse. Should we put a ban on them too? No, of course not, because just like driving a gas-guzzling Hummer, or smoking cigarettes (or better yet, both at the same time), they are choices people make about their lives, and should not be the subject of a ban. Jeremy Seeman University student