Problem Solving Essay: Cigarette Smoke

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Shay Orial
English 112 10am
Professor Kate Belknap
February 24, 2013
Cigarette Smoke Stinks
Growing up many of my family members were smokers. I remember the horrible smell that stuck to their breath, clothes, and lingered around their house. It has been roughly eight years since I have smelled that nasty stench and I would like to continue to not smell these harmful fumes while here at Colorado Mesa University. In 2006, Colorado’s Clean Indoor Air Act was passed, limiting smoking in numerous work and public places, including restaurants and bars. Millions are now free from the dangerous toxic tobacco smoke at work. However, many are still exposed to tobacco smoke where they live and learn like students at Colorado Mesa University.

In the Colorado Mesa University Annual 2012 Clery Security/Fire Safety Report, it states that “the State of Colorado has a smoke free building policy and Colorado Mesa residence halls are also smoke free. You cannot smoke within any residence hall or apartment…if you want to smoke you can only do so in designated areas outside the halls and/or apartments and more than forty feet away from the residence halls and apartments” (20). Although this keeps students that live on campus in the residence halls, or in apartments, safe from the harmful fumes inside their dorms there isn’t any rule that protects them when they are outside the campus.

A solution to this problem would be to make Colorado Mesa University a completely smoke-free campus. That means smoking anywhere on campus is prohibited. This protects the non-smokers from secondhand smoke. Amanda Talbert the author of the article The Effects of Secondhand Smoke says “non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk for lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent, and the heart disease risk increases by 25 to 30 percent.” By making this school a smoke-free campus we are shielding thousands of people from numerous people. For those smokers who have to have their smoke break...
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