Campus-wide University of Minnesota smoking ban almost a done deal

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Next week might be the last finals week where U of M students can light up before that big test.
Last week, the University of Minnesota Senate approved a resolution that would ban smoking campus-wide. The only thing needed for the ban to become policy is the signature of University President Eric Kaler, and he has already signaled his support.

FROM JANUARY: Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in Minnesota

With the state cigarette tax likely set to increase this legislative session, perhaps University of Minnesota smokers should get around to taking an independent study course in cig rolling.

In a statement released following last Thursday's vote, Kaler said that while he was previously reluctant to endorse a campus smoking ban, it's now clear there's more support for the measure than ever before.

"Frankly, it's about time for us on the Twin Cities campus," Kaler said.

Dave Golden, chair of the University Senate's Social Concerns Committee, told the Minnesota Daily the ban is all about getting rid of secondhand smoke.

"We are a campus community that cares about health," Golden said.

But Christopher Sheehy, a University research specialist, told the Daily he's concerned the ban could prompt top professors who like to light up to take their talents elsewhere.

"Tons of professors smoke," Sheehy said. "I think it would give a bad impression of the attitude [toward smoking]."

Well, there's always e-cigarettes, though maybe U of M researchers should take it upon themselves to do what the FDA hasn't and look at how bad they are for you before they're championed as a secondhand-smokeless alternative to old-fashioned cowboy killers.

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j_jonik
j_jonik

It is a sad mystery that colleges...centers of learning...centers of science and medicine...accept the claims of the anti-smoking campaign.

Are there no microscopes or other technologies on campus to analyze a typical cigarette to see if it even contains tobacco (the ostensible target of outrage and legislation), or if it's only tobacco, or if it contains industrial contaminants that are already known to cause so-called "smoking-related” illnesses?

 Are there no researchers who might look up legal Case History to find that the commonly-used EPA material about harms of "ETS" (environmental tobacco smoke) was thrown out of Federal Court (by anti smoking judge Osteen) as fraudulent?The EPA has neither challenged the substance of his determination nor fixed their ETS material.

  Any political education students who can find that the pushers of such smoke bans are invariably economically-linked to the parts of the cigarette industry that most want to scapegoat smokers and the public domain tobacco plant for the harms caused by non-tobacco cigarette adulterants?

(This refers to many pesticides, dioxin-creating chlorine, paper, ag biz, pharmaceuticals that supply pesticides and additives, and suppliers of cellulose for fake tobacco, radioactive phosphate tobacco fertilizers, and burn accelerants…and their insurers and investors.)

 History students might look at the origins of Reefer Madness...the war on that other smokable, medicinal plant, cannabis...and how that was promoted by pretty much the same pesticide, chlorine industrial cartel that now pushes Tobacco Madness.

 Banning Industrial Contamination of Smoking Products is a legitimate and urgent direction.Banning use of Mother Nature’s “sinful” tobacco plant, which By Itself, hasn’t yet been studied to justify public-interest prohibitions, is something else.See http://fauxbacco.blogspot.comfor reference material apparently not yet provided at colleges or universities.

If the law specified "tobacco" that would leave a loophole for the cigarette brands that are made with no tobacco at all but, instead, fake tobacco made in Patented ways from all sorts of industrial waste cellulose.Look up the patents for cigs made partly or entirely from things like paper, corncobs, coffee bean hulls, carbon fibers w/ oxidizing agent, and wood pulp, for starters.Can't get "sinful", OR illegal, tobacco smoke from that.

cnerlien
cnerlien

Smoking bans exist to prevent secondhand smoke from affecting non-smokers. Like them or not, e-cigarettes prevent any health hazard to others and yes the research has yet to be done on their dangers, but those dangers are borne by the smoker and no-one else, unlike traditional cigarettes. Banning e-cigs makes no sense.

nbrooks4
nbrooks4

With all the tax we already pay, and the higher tax that seems to be going into law..... smokers get NOTHING in return for those taxes.  God Bless America!

robert.moffitt
robert.moffitt

It's about time. Most of the other campuses in Minnesota are already smokefree.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

If most smokers weren't such pigs, they'd be more tolerable. They just throw the butts into the street or anywhere else they happen to be. Go down to the river sometime and look at the areas where the storrm drains enter into the river - thousands of butts and many more in the river.  The world is not your ashtray.

mnjimn
mnjimn

The ban should include prohibiting the university from receiving any funding that came from tobacco taxes.

Al Cady
Al Cady

You could never enforce it...

Moonpie Brown
Moonpie Brown

Just another fundraiser. I always make sure to wear my seatbelt when I'm smoking

Erik Holtzclaw
Erik Holtzclaw

I think smoking is disgusting but to not allow it anywhere on campus is absurd.

Moonpie Brown
Moonpie Brown

fuck that. it would be a dick move. i understand the concerns on littering. but fuck that. way to go fuckheads. stripping our freedoms one by one. the more freedoms we get taken from us only leads to more. stupid dicks.

Greg Overall
Greg Overall

Man, I remember when I used to be able to smoke in Wilson Library. Times have changed. Probably for the best though. I quit smoking nearly 20 years ago.

Jason Boyd
Jason Boyd

Sure! Nazi Germany wasn't "that" bad. Adults making adult decisions could result in adults having to live with adult consequences and we wouldn't want that.

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

The only effect it had at the hospital where I worked was taking away the ashtrays and now cigarette butts are everywhere... Oh and making smokers like their employer even less...great for employee morale...

Lisa Overby
Lisa Overby

Doesn't work at the hospitals. Now you have people smoking in their cars or lined up on the public sidewalks 2 feet from where it is banned. And yes, there are cigarette butts everywhere.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Let's ban meat sales on campus too! I hate choices!

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

You'd think a major U.S. college would be above following trends.

Jamie Pridemore
Jamie Pridemore

It'll work as well as it does here at UK... not at all.

benjamin.davis
benjamin.davis

Tried this at Bemidji State years ago. Didnt work and its a MUCH smaller campus which would be easier to enforce.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

Pssh.  Good luck enforcing it.  I got $20 that says the only result will be the elimination of ashtray receptacles and cigarette butts everywhere.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

How many deep fried Twinkies you had this morning, Fat Bob Moffitt?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You trendsters are the problem. The second you take away man's right to choose, you become fascist scum.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It's funny that you only fight for other's limitations, not your own. All that fat must be asphyxiating your brain.

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