Sung Wung Eun
Have you ever been in the situation when you took a shower and freshened up for a new day, but were offended and felt unpleasant by the smell of cigarette? You would not be feeling that soon. The University of California is banning the cigarettes and all tobacco products from its campus over the next two years. Students and staffs would not be able to smoke anywhere on a UC campus. Main purpose of this policy is to reduce exposure of second-hand smoke. Through this policy, UC is hoping that the percentage of students and staff smoking to be reduced. This policy is pretty reasonable and it sure need to be practiced, since everyone knows that smoking and second-hand smoke are bad and cause critical effect on health such as a lung cancer.
According to a UC Office of the President report, “only 7.9 percent of UC students had smoked within 30 days of a 2010 study compared to 16 percent of college students nationwide.” It means majority of UC students are non-smoker. Non-smokers are exposed to second-hand smoke in public area such as campus. It can be easily seen students and staff smoking in front of classes or library. It is totally understandable that smokers have to smoke regularly. Smokers have right to smoke, but smokers cannot harm non-smoker. Just like smoker has a right to smoke, I think the non-smoker also has a right to be refrained from smoke. In front of classes and entrance of library are places that has highest traffic in campus. Library and most of classes have only one entrance. If one smoker light up on these highly trafficked places where many students passes by. Non-smokers are indiscriminately breath in smoke whether they want or not. It takes away non-smoker’s right to be refrained from smoke. Government banned smoking in public areas such as restaurant and bars and to smokers, this school banning smoking on campus looks similar with what government did. I think school banning smoking just like...
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