You may or may not have noticed, but campus doesn't look very pretty in certain parts. Cigarette butts cover the ground in areas where smokers go to smoke, because there's nowhere to dispose of their butts.
I know that in theory people aren't supposed to be smoking here in the first place, but let's face it. Addiction is a strong thing, and people aren't going to quit if they don't want to. That being said, smokers are going to smoke whether or not there's a rule forbidding them to do so. All this smoking ban has really done is to make some campus employees' jobs more difficult because they have to pick up after people who have nowhere to throw their butts away.
... The purpose of making public buildings, and the average 25-foot area surrounding entrances and windows, smoke-free was due to health concerns associated with second-hand smoke.
I am in full support of this idea. However, when you look past the health concern, a person does, in the state of Minnesota, have the right to smoke. After all, it isn't illegal to use tobacco. If the University wants to create designated smoking areas, I certainly won't argue against it. However, making the entire campus smoke-free just doesn't make sense.
Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.