Smoking ban

Thank you for writing the Oct. 1 article âÄúU looking into a smoke-free campus.âÄù While this is a controversial topic, it is incredibly important to students on campus. Each year in the United States an estimated 438,000 premature deaths result from smoking. 38,000 of those premature deaths are non-smokers who have been exposed to second-hand smoke, according to the American Cancer Society. Although it is well understood that deciding on a plan and implementing a campus-wide smoking ban will take time, I urge the University to consider what effect smoking has on its students and to take up a smoking ban for our sake. Colleges Against Cancer, a student group here on campus that I am a part of, is showing its support for a smoke-free campus by hosting an awareness event with live comedians, called âÄúNo Laughing MatterâÄù and, through a petition to the University, letting them know that we support a campus-wide smoking ban. Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death in the world, according to the ACS. We are going to do everything we can to limit the effects of tobacco on our campus, and we urge other students to do the same. Kirsten Lesak-Greenberg, University student Colleges Against Cancer