More smoking ban letters

I support an outdoor smoking ban, not because I believe that exposure to outdoor secondhand smoke will harm me âÄî that is ridiculous. Rather, I support it because I find the sight, smell and experience of being around smokers annoying. I must note that I am annoyed by a great many things: that guy that stands on the chair and reads the Bible aloud, hippies, hipsters, idealistic young people in general and anyone who is religious and has the temerity to hand out pamphlets in public. The list goes on. Just like cigarette smokers, all of these people are annoying. I will whine and complain. I will support the goals and idealistic dreams of complainers everywhere, but I will never ask that anyone be subjected to a bureaucracy created in response to my litany of annoyances. Go forth, religious people, and hand out your pamphlets. You too, smokers, smoke away âÄî even though I donâÄôt like you. And for the smoking ban supporters, perhaps you could get back at tobacco users by driving your car more, handing out more pamphlets and wearing more cologne. A well-intended idea is not always worth the red tape created in order to enforce it âÄîespecially when our rights and liberties are at stake. Jeff Miller University student After much debate about the feasibility of the smoking ban and the harassment smokers provide non-smokers, there was one issue brought up at MondayâÄôs consultation meeting that hasnâÄôt been discussed much, and it may be the biggest reason the University might implement the smoking ban. It was mentioned several times at this consultation that the University wants to be the leading edge, and by banning smoking, our University would be at the front of the battle. But as an institution of higher learning, I think the University should be held to higher standards than just going with the status quo. The University has some of the top researchers in the country, and as an educator, it should be intellectually honest on its policies and actions. When it comes to spending time and resources banning a legal substance, we must ask ourselves if itâÄôs a problem even worth looking at. Since the trend for smoking is only going to hit rock bottom, it is important to look at other health-related trends. Besides, by banning it completely, weâÄôve already won the fight on smoking. In 1991, the obesity average in Minnesota was 10 to 15 percent; more than a decade later it jumped to 20 to 24 percent, and yet the focus is somehow on the very few who still choose to smoke. Obesity is now expected to have health care costs equal to that of smokers, which means that in later years, this is only going to keep rising if we donâÄôt start addressing it. âÄúDriven to DiscoverâÄù means we should be on top of the rising issues, not dog piling on yesterdayâÄôs worries. Erick Carlson University student