Proposed anti-smoking campaign enforces culture of exclusion

UAA is a vibrant and diverse campus that people of all races, creeds, belief systems and, yes, habits call home. A blanket ban on smokers will undermine the policy of inclusiveness the university has put so much emphasis on.

Most of the smokers in my life wish more than anything that they didn’t have to feed their expensive and self-destructive habit. These are intelligent people who bring insight, enthusiasm and diversity to campus.

During Tuesday’s debate, student Arlo Davis made light of addiction.

“You ever hear the phrase, ‘You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here’?” he joked when asked where smokers would go if UAA were made smoke-free.

This distasteful quip strikes at the crux of Smoke-Free UAA’s intentions: intolerance and exclusion.

As students and faculty, we make compromises to share common areas. Smokers on campus are an inconvenience, but so are student groups that selfishly manufacture issues where none should plausibly exist.

I am not a smoker.

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