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Letter to the editor

Smoke-free campus idea is ridiculous

November 7, 2008

In response to Naomi Vogel’s article regarding a smoke-free campus, I must say the thought is absurd.

Don’t we have more important issues to deal with? Such as skyrocketing tuition? Of course not, because smokers are stupid and filthy, right? I am not a smoker, but I do believe we need to fight the nannies who want to punish smokers.

Keven Syverson claims to know the science behind secondhand smoke. But all of the studies of secondhand smoke I have researched have been found to be extremely misleading or just plain lies. I believe we should ban all chemicals in our University labs because those can kill someone in an instant!

I will admit smoking is not the healthiest habit to have, but there are many worse things one could do, such as drive a car. The claims that “88.2 percent of surveyed students and 92 percent of surveyed faculty agree” it should be banned is also ludicrous. 382 students responded and 138 faculty responded. So on a campus of thousands we are going to use these stats to come to a conclusion? What convenient numbers. So, please, nannies of UWRF, stop trying to run our lives and get a real job. We know what is good for us and what isn’t.

Kevin Austin, student