Wayne State University

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Alissa Shelton

Smoking on Campus

Date Posted: September 28, 2009
Currently, there is a smoking ban on the med school campus. On the main campus, there is a ban of smoking within 25 feet of any building.

What do you think of these changes?
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Anonymous | Posted: September 29, 2009 | Reply

I feel that people should have the freedom to smoke if they wish, where they wish. I understand the reason behind the ban, but a 25ft. rule would work just as well.

Anonymous | Posted: September 29, 2009

I think if we ban smoking completely, we will lose several of our current students.

Matthew S. | Posted: October 28, 2009

I want to be able to smoke in the middle of class. Get crackin' on that student council. BOOM!

Anonymous | Posted: October 30, 2009

What about the freedom of those students who wish not to be subjected to second hand smoke?

Anonymous | Posted: September 30, 2009 | Reply

I would love to have smoking completely banned on campus. We all know the dangers of second-hand smoke. However, I think the 25ft rule is a good compromise.

Anonymous | Posted: October 28, 2009

Also think about the other health problems that some students have. Smoke from cigarettes can cause problems with others' asthma issues and such. There are many medical problems that come with smoking and second hand smoke and I am not interested in any of them. I hate walking behind people who are smoking and it's annoying that people don't pay attention to where they are blowing their smoke.

Anonymous | Posted: October 29, 2009

I have asthma, pretty bad asthma actually. I take a beta antagonist to control the muscle spasms and an inhaled steroid for the inflammation. And I still believe people have the right to smoke on campus if they so desire. It's fine the way it is now. Let's focus on something more productive and actually relevant, like, say parking?

Anonymous | Posted: September 30, 2009 | Reply

if you change your school because you can't smoke, you need to get your priorities right. everywhere that has smoking banned are much more pleasant places to be.

Anonymous | Posted: October 28, 2009 | Reply

We all know (or should know by now) the dangers of second-hand smoke. I'm all for a smoke-free campus, but if you're going to do the 25ft rule, then enforce it. I see people smoking closer than that all the time (and it usually gets worse the colder it is). For people who have respiratory problems (asthma, etc), walking through clouds of smoke is horrible...And I have to agree, if you're going to change your school simply because you can't smoke here, then you need to fix your priorities. You come to a university to learn, not to smoke.

Martha S. | Posted: October 28, 2009 | Reply

Excellent idea to have smoking banned. For those of us who don't smoke, we should not have to be subjected to second hand smoke. Perhaps the university could supply a smoking booth where all the smokers could go and enjoy themselves. Smoking should be banned completely on campus.

Anonymous | Posted: October 28, 2009 | Reply

I am not against smoking. I, myself, do not smoke. But we have been inundated over the years with the results of studies, reports, etc, as to how bad the habit is. The federal law that prohibits smoking in any federal building applies to WSU because it is a state funded university. IF WSU WAS SERIOUS about this law and SERIOUS about protecting the health of its students, then a total and uncompromising ban of smoking should be instituted campus wide. Until this happens, all rhetoric concerning smoking rules is just that: rhetoric. Ban it or shut up already!

Kevin S. | Posted: October 28, 2009 | Reply

Both of these changes are for the better. I'd like to make sure that they are enforced. I'd prefer a complete smoking ban on the main campus too.

Anonymous | Posted: October 28, 2009 | Reply

I don't think smokers care if they obey the rules. Is it really such a big deal to move away from the doors if you are a smoker? Part of the problem seems to be that smokers do so in groups, making the problem just outside the buildings worse. Come on smokers! Move AWAY from the doors. I don't want to walk through your smoke.

Anonymous | Posted: October 28, 2009 | Reply

The 25 foot rule started off as a great idea, except wait, there's no one enforcing it...I can't tell you how many smoke clouds I've had to walk through on my way into buildings. No one's enforcing it, so guess what, no one's following it. That's the addition we need, is some kind of enforcement on it.

Anonymous | Posted: October 28, 2009 | Reply

25 foot ban would work, but a complete ban? cops arent going to waste time enforcing it

Anonymous | Posted: October 28, 2009 | Reply

The 25 foot rule is a joke. In fact, outside of several buildings they actually provide places to throw away cigarette butts right next to the doors of the building?!?! Please, get serious.

Robert M. | Posted: October 29, 2009 | Reply

I believe cops would regulate because any sort of fine/ticket would increase revenue, it would be worth their time. Currently yes, the 25 foot rule is a joke. Regulate it!

Anonymous | Posted: January 23, 2010 | Reply

I don't smoke. I dislike people who do smoke. That being said, the 25 foot rule is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. It cannot be enforce and it creates a mockery of other regulations (if one is trivial, all will be questioned). Since the 25 foot rule is here, keep it, but other than that, let the smokers smoke. Fining students that break that rule ($25 fine for 25 foot rule) would be a good incentive for those smokers who disregard the current regulation

Anonymous | Posted: February 1, 2010 | Reply

The 25 ft rule is definitely never followed. I don't think we need a new rule, just the current ones enforced.

Anonymous | Posted: February 25, 2010 | Reply

I understand students have the right to smoke and that there is a '25 feet' from every door rule. However, I have noticed that many students that choose to smoke do not comply. I think this rule needs to be enforced better. This could be done by moving ash trays away from the doors and maybe painting a box on the cement to remind studnets they are too close to the door.

Anonymous | Posted: March 7, 2010 | Reply

The 25ft rule is sufficient except no one EVER follows it. There are always people smoking 2ft away from the Towers' doors, it's usually so bad the lobby before you swipe in, is smokey. The rule Needs to be enforced.

Jason U. | Posted: April 6, 2010

I agree. The enforcement of this policy is poorly enforced. The astray/butt bins need to be moved outside of this zone. Maybe we need to have a "this is 25ft" line.

Anonymous | Posted: March 7, 2010 | Reply

Fine the students who smoke less than 25ft away from the buildings.

Anonymous | Posted: January 12, 2011 | Reply

I think that a ban on smoking on-campus should be considered simply because the majority of those I see smoking completely ignore the 25ft rule now. For those of us who have serious reactions to it or for those who just don't want to be around it, it is very unfair to have to walk straight into a cloud of smoke entering or exiting buildings on-campus. I have even been in an event hosted in a building on-campus where periodically the room would start to smell of smoke because of the people downstairs (outside) smoking right by the windows. Honestly, it is very inconsiderate. If no one is going to enforce the rule and smokers won't follow it, it should be banned.

Anonymous | Posted: February 11, 2011 | Reply

25 ft. rule is pretty good, but i'd rather have it completely banned. Oh and it would make it even more scarier for those who smoke weed :( ugh the smell KILLS.

Syeda T. | Posted: March 25, 2011 | Reply

Isn't there a ban in place already? I understand there is one around the UGL but its useless people still stand outside and smoke and sometimes its the employees that work at the UGL that are standing outside smoking.

Lisa N. | Posted: February 12, 2012 | Reply

smoking is a person by person choice therefore, smoking should continue on campus

Tarik B. | Posted: February 12, 2014 | Reply

I'm a smoker, and I have many friends that enjoy taking cigarette breaks. I feel that universities are being too intrusive when completely banning students from smoking. It is a personal choice. I do however, know that smoke is harmful and it bothers people. As a student rep, I'd definitely bring up the idea of smoking zones...

Spencer C. | Posted: February 16, 2015 | Reply

I hate second-hand smoke. I hate having to smell it, to walk through it, etc. But worse than second-hand smoke is for the university to take a drug-war stance and try to ban something that will inherently happen. If you ban smoking on campus, it is ignorant to believe that others will go off campus to smoke. In fact, especially given our harsh winters, they will probably be more inclined to smoke inside their rooms and blow out a window, which only makes our housing worse and only brings those affected even closer to the problem affecting them. A modest and reasonable action is necessary here, and the 25 foot rule is representative of that, it just needs to be better enforced. While smoking habits should never take precedent over someone's important decisions, there is also no reason to force those people to make that decision in the first place.

Sandra Y. | Posted: June 17, 2015 | Reply

As a person with asthma, I would LOVE it if smoking was banned on campus. 50 foot rule is fine with me. I just wish that the WSU PD would TICKET people who blatantly break the rules. The rules are no good if no one enforces them!

Ali F. | Posted: December 22, 2016 | Reply

Smoking should not be allowed. It is dangerous and fatal. No one should be smoking, and those who are doing it must be assisted in order to rehabilitate. For the time being, I would like to say to smokers: please smoke somewhere else if you really need to (you shouldn't...)

Anonymous | Posted: July 12, 2017 | Reply

Smoking should be completely banned on campus, and the 25 ft. rule, quite simply, is flawed, although fair in theory. If somebody is smoking next to the entrance to the dorms, that means I have to be in the middle of Warren to avoid them, and I can't go into the dorms until they're done.

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