I'm a smoker (have been for years), so here's my take...
Do you think smokers should be allowed to smoke on campus? Why/Why not? If you feel they should, where? Inside the buildings themselves? A certain distance away from entrances? At certain designated areas? Only in their own dorms?
Outside, yes...and give them designated shelters where they may smoke, so that they aren't huddled up around doors making non-smokers miserable. My old college had several "butt huts" that were glassed-in structures resembling bus shelters; the smokers used them, and everyone was happy. In dorms...well, I have to say I'm against it. Smoking inside damages rooms; it's hell on paint and furnishings, and dropped cigarettes (which happen all the time) create damaged carpet that must be replaced. It's also all but impossible
to get the stale smoke smell out of a room. Students don't own the dorm, and shouldn't be allowed to engage in activities that damage it.
Whose rights are being infringed on more- The smoker being told to put his cigarette out, or the passerby who passes through a cloud of smoke on his way to class?
In both cases its equal. Thus the efficacy of designated smoking areas that are contained. Though I will say; outside, I think non-smokers make a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to second-hand smoke. I remember being a non-smoker (and this was back in the mid-90s, when smoking was a good deal more common) and not being all that bothered by outdoor smokers unless they were breathing it in my face. I found loud music, nasty cooking odors and those stupid buzzy exhaust systems on cars a good deal more annoying. I still do.
Should bars & casinos be forced to institute no-smoking policies? Should their management just be given a choice on whether or not to allow smoking?
Forced, no. I think that was a terrible idea. It drove several bars out of business where I live, and a good many others reported profit drops. This crept back up as people got used to the ban, but there's still a lot of people who just stay home and drink now because of it. If you own the place, you should be allowed to let people smoke there if that's the kind of business you want to run.
Whose rights are being violated- The employees? The patrons? The owners? None of the above?
edited 24th Nov '11 12:18:30 PM by drunkscriblerian