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.