Skip to comments.Towson University douses smoking on campus
Posted on 01/17/2011 12:09:29 PM PST by markomalley
Towson University first pushed its smokers out of campus buildings and into the great outdoors. Then, 30 feet away from buildings. Finally, last semester, it was off campus altogether.
Between classes, smokers rush to the state- or county-owned roads edging the Baltimore County campus. Not stepping off school property before lighting up can mean a $75 fine.
"On campus, it's a breath of fresh air - finally," said Steven Crudele, a former member of the student government who was part of the campus smoke-free task force. "When you are walking in and out of buildings, you don't have to walk through a cloud of smoke."
Towson is one of the first universities in the region to implement a strict, campuswide smoking ban. Similar initiatives are slowly picking up popularity at colleges across the country. Many university hospitals have such policies in place, as do several Maryland community colleges.
Such bans quickly clear the air at college campuses, allowing nonsmokers to study and learn, indoors and out, without the distraction or danger of secondhand smoke. The bans also try to speak directly to smokers, carrying the message that inhaling toxins is not healthy for anyone. That message is reinforced every time a smoker heads for the campus boundary.
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The smokers should wear ski masks and smoke away.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions(of thugs).
The anti-smoking Nazis will, of course, feel vindicated.
Next up...”Skittles” and “Mentos”
I’m waiting for a smoker to declare his smoking addiction a handicap, and sue for access under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Back in the day as an undergrad, I actually had a couple of classes where we could smoke in class and in the upper mezzanine of the basketball arena during games. LOL - I must be old! At any rate, later in my career while working at a school, I served on the board that made determinations such as these. The problem with smoking (and why we banned it from campus) had nothing to do with the smoke - the problem was the mess left behind by smokers and the cost associated with cleaning up after them.
So instead of allowing the smoke to be spread around the school just concentrates it all together at the entry points 1 foot away from school property.
One of these days, an anti-smoking zealot is going to be so propagandized about the dangers of second-hand smoke they will kill a smoker, and claim self-defense. IMHO, it's just a matter of time.
This isn’t so much about smoking, it is more about colleges finding new ways of extorting more money out of students/parents.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Nanny State PING!
So you banned chewing gum also, right? Since it was a litter matter.
I was actually yelled at once when I was smoking in my own car (no passengers).
It’s gone so far it is becoming humorous.
Let's be honest. Who hasn't seen cigarette butts scattered around outside of buildings? Inconsiderate and sloppy smokers deserve to be fined if caught.
As for second-hand smoke causing death, I have yet to hear the proof. Has "second-hand smoke" ever been cited on a death certificate as the cause of death?
Thanks for the ping!
No, but then again if the custodial staff had brought up the fact that they could save thousands of dollars by banning chewing gum, we probably would have.
Any excuse is will do. But thanks for answering.
“Smokers are not a protected class” -
Head of the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination when asked to comment on the MassHospitalAssociation’s new policy of testing people for any nicotine - a doctor having an after dinner cigar - in their systems.
presence of any nicotine in your system whether you smoke at work on not - Fired!
BTW, you must’ve been enjoying your smoke - IMO, nothing upsets of the NannyNaziNags more than someone enjoying themselves as opposed to the furtiveness they would prefer.
IMO, one of the scarier comments I have heard from a public official. Symptomatic of an overweening bureacracy and a fascist totalitarian emphasis on individual and public health. - protected class, indeed.
Now we Americans are defined whether we are a protected class? Ya mean my swarthy status don’t count!
We banned smoking indoors here on campus. It worked great until the students figured out that marijuana produces smoke. Ooops. We have a whole bunch of unhappy students now.
Fookin nazi barstads.
There was a situation over the weekend where a lady fired one up on a bus. A security guard tackled her and wrestled her to the ground and cuffed her. Other passengers were appalled. Big Brother don’t like no smoking.
HEY! That smoke comes OUT OF YOUR CAR BUDDY and somebody ends up inhaling it.
Thousands of dollars. How hard is it to empty an ashtray, for pete’s sake. This constant harassment of smokers is ridiculous, and it isn’t going to end well. They’re not going to stop, so they’re just going to have to sneak, which they already do.
The streets in Oakland (small suburg) at the U of Pitt are all Pittsburgh property. Light up if you got em.
Great memories I have of bowling, drinking beer and smoking on a fraternity road trip to Towson State. Nobody died from second hand smoke, but I think 3 people were injured by my wayward 10 pound bowling balls.
Sorry about that.
This was under the Reagan administration so I think the statute of limitations expired.
Good times when this was a free country.
I hope that this University refuses any funding generated by tobacco sales.
“Now we Americans are defined whether we are a protected class? Ya mean my swarthy status dont count!”
Since I’m a senior, still alive in spite of approx.60 years of smoking,I have some protection.
What astonishes me is that you could become blind drunk every night and show up for work in the A.M. and that would be acceptable but nicotine in your system wouldn’t be.
Hang in there-—swarthy may be included eventually. :-)
What a country—I’m glad I’m old enough to remember when it was truly free.
>blind drunk every night and show up for work in the A.M. and that would be acceptable
Not for long, I wager.
The new standards defined by the Medical Industry render our Founding Fathers a bunch of drunken tabakis.
No wonder the Constitution is outdated; it was composed by drunks.
Heck, I fully expect to see a virtual ban on public imbibing, a legislator in MA proposed a one drink limit for individuals out solo.......of course, one could conceivably careen from joint to joint, but MADD’s desire for breathalysers as standard on all cars would take care of that.
“a legislator in MA proposed a one drink limit for individuals out solo.......of course, one could conceivably careen from joint to joint”
And which one of our esteemed legislators did this?
Good old MA politics.
A small percentage of people will bother to read the rebuttals to what may very well be junk science, and the powers that be surely know that, IMO.