February 17th, 2011 | Uncategorized

UVA paper has an opinion about our smoking ban

To ban, or not to ban? Weeks after a proposed campus-wide smoking ban ignited fierce debate among Yalies, the student newspaper at the University of Virginia weighed in.

According to the managing board of the Cavalier Daily, UVA’s own recent smoking ban, instituted in 2009, has not been a success.

“Many students and staff still smoke near on-Grounds buildings, signaling that the enforcement of anti-smoking policies is spotty at best,” the editors wrote. “Particularly notable is the ‘smoker’s alley’ that has sprung up along Hospital Drive in front of the University Health System’s West Complex.”

The Cavalier cautioned Yale against declaring a ban that could prove problematic to enforce. (It is still unclear how the ban would affect New Haven.) Instead, Yale should make “incessant and positive attempts” to encourage students, faculty and staff to break the habit, such as providing cheap tobacco cessation programs.

Thanks for the advice, we guess.

The article was tweeted by SIGAR, a college cigar-smoking group founded at Yale.

  • coldy

    “Thanks for the advice, we guess.”

    Was that really necessary? Way to be snobs guys.

  • lewa

    Yeah, why the “Thanks for the advice, we guess”? Peers are using their experience to give valid advice to Yale as it considers a similar policy.

  • Michael_J_McFadden

    Actually the UVA advice sounds reasonable. If YALE decides on a total campus ban enforceable by discipline, fines, and ultimately faculty firings and student expulsions, then it would be hypocritical not to enforce it diligently and across the board. Students and faculty could be frisked at campus borders for illicit tobacco and paraphernalia and a professor caught with a meerschaum squirreled away in a desk drawer could be dunked like a witch in the Oyster River, hung at dawn from Grad Studies Tower, and then have his head mounted in the Zoology Department at Peabody.

    A few “examples” like that and most of the campus population will happily move into the era of fresh, clean, urban air and everything will be roses and daffodils.

    - MJM

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