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No Smoking

September 23, 2010

I’m gonna rant for a bit. I try and avoid straight rants, but whatever, every once in a while they can’t help but slip through. What is so important that I am willing to rant on it? Well, my college is officially a smoke-free campus. And that pisses me off so bad. I get the whole secondhand smoke thing, personally I think it’s not a big deal unless you grow up in an environment where you’re exposed to it constantly but I understand not wanting to have to breath smoking in.

Here’s the thing, though. This whole smoke free campus thing is bad. I hate it as a libertarianish person. Smokers are now second class citizens. They’re looked down upon, and their rights are rapidly being taken away. I’m not pro-smoking, it’s clearly bad for your health, but I’m pro-smoking in the same way that I’m pro-flag burning. Just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean I don’t think that other people should be persecuted for it (unless they live in the Middle East).

I just want them to be able to do their thing in a way that respects their decision to smoke. I’m sure that there’s some sort of a compromise that can be made. A smoke-free campus is not that compromise.

I did, however, come up with a way we can use this to our advantage. We can now take any liberty and suspend it just by making it a *insert liberty here*-free campus. Freedom of speech becoming an issue? Just have a freedom of speech-free campus. How about religion? Religion-free campus. Minorities? Minority-free campus. You may think I’m taking this too far, but in my opinion this is a pretty serious issue that is being almost completely overlooked.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. socialistocrat permalink
    September 23, 2010 4:56 pm

    I wish my campus were smoke free, theres a ton of smokers. And the true libertarian value is that no Government has a right to infringe upon one’s freedoms but neither does another person have the right to do so. By smoking you are hurting those around you not to mention the damage to the facilities and all the cigarette butts that make more work for others. I think smoking in designated places (like enclosed smoking lounges) is all that really prevents the someone infringing my right to not have an asthma attack.

    Also, you’re an idiot

    • September 23, 2010 7:16 pm

      I agree, I like people not infringing on other’s liberties as well, but the whole concept of a smoke-free campus gives all the rights to the anti-smoking side without representing the side of the other. I think that there’s a compromise to be made somewhere, but this is issue is way too one sided for my libertarian liking.

      And yes, I am an idiot.

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