TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Allowing people to smoke on public university campuses is an issue the state of Ohio plans to vote on next week.
Most universities in the area already have some kind of smoking policy in place. Some even have designated areas for smokers. The debate of whether or not those areas should be completely removed is getting mixed reviews from people on campus.
The University of Toledo has shelters that look like bus stops and are designated smoking areas. However, if higher education officials vote to ban all smoking on public campuses, they could be a thing of the past, which has some worried.
"If they're not able to smoke on campus, it's going to be really stressful for them," said smoker Dodd Pace.
Pace said he is worried about the effect a total ban could have.
"Back in my undergrad days, if I couldn't have smoked on campus, I would have been going nuts. I would have been attending even fewer classes," explained Pace.
Others said it is a good idea and that smoking on campus bothers them.
"It makes it really inconvenient for those who don't smoke to get a break, and to get some fresh air," said Camden Good.
It can be even more difficult because not everyone is following the rules.
"The designated smoking areas don't work. More faculty and staff don't follow it. Students usually do, but faculty and staff don't follow it. They'll just smoke wherever," said Sarah Moomey, an administrative assistant in the Math and Statistics Department at UT.
That is why some think a total ban is best.
"We're a public university, so it's hard for me to say yes, but it's better for the overall health of society as a whole. so I would say, yes, they should ban smoking," said Moomey.
Meanwhile, Pace said he is in the process of cutting back and hopes to quit soon. Still, he thinks there could be some rough times ahead for those who do smoke.
"Just not being able to take that break could get really frustrating," said Pace.
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