The University of Arizona has decided to follow colleges around the country in banning smoking on all campus property. The new policy is the university's way of promoting "health and wellness," like a good parent.
UA's ban covers not just cigarettes, but also chewing tobacco, cigars, and e-cigarettes. Hostility toward e-cigarettes is particularly nonsensical, since the tobacco-free product is used by many as a smoking cessation product. In fact, e-cigarettes are much more effective at helping people quit smoking than nicotine patches, according to this study.
Some students are irritated about the ban, but who are they to stand athwart history? From The College Fix:
The fact that they are banning all tobacco products is crazy," sophomore Kevin Uznanski, who does not smoke, told The College Fix. "I think that the policy will work to a certain degree, but it will not eliminate all tobacco use on campus." ..
"Banning electronic cigarettes is just too much," Uznanski said, noting that the devices – which emit vapor, not smoke, and whose use is known as "vaping" – have a minimal effect on bystanders.
Violators will be referred to "the appropriate college student representative for educational resources," which sounds much worse than just paying a fine or something.