Do Not Apply Tobacco Ban to Residence Halls

Although the tobacco ban has achieved a certain level of acceptance on the main campus (not many people continue to smoke on campus except on the peripheries), it seems fairly extreme to expect freshmen living in the dorms to abide by the new directive. The school encourages students to stay in the dorms during their first year (as far as I know, students who wish to live off-campus must make a special request to do so), and freshmen pay a lot of money  per semester (around $4,000) for this experience.

If the students’ behavior is not in fact illegal, it is inappropriately intrusive for the school to make commandments regarding their conduct on the premises of their homes. Tammie Brown said smoking “negatively impacted our on-campus community,” but during my freshman experience at Roskie, smoking often encouraged social interaction between smokers and non-smokers alike. Handling tobacco violations “similarly to alcohol and marijuana violations” places tobacco smoking in a realm of law where it currently has no place.

I’m not a smoker, but I think this enforcement is a waste of the school administration’s energy and paper. Freshmen should be allowed to step outside their homes at will and relieve stress for a few minutes, just like the smokers who live off-campus.

– Anneli Dolmseth, senior in Economics