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Letter to the editor

Anti-smokers should adjust

October 20, 2006

I am writing in response to the column titled, “Protect students from smoke.” Ms. Aune, an asthmatic, doesn’t believe restrictions on smokers are working, and smoking should be banned on campus. Aune asks whether it’s the department’s job to protect her health. The answer is no.

The only person responsible for a student’s health is the student. People who suffer from asthma must take extraordinary precautions for their own health, as they have complicated health issues. An example of this is the students with severe allergies to peanuts. It is unreasonable for the allergic student to expect everyone in a school or workplace to adjust their behavior so that they can remain healthy.

It is so much simpler for the asthmatic or allergy sufferer to adjust their own behavior to ensure their own health needs are met.

Muriel Montgomery
Student