Sid SabooEngl 106On Campus smoking- Solution or Problem?Coming here as a freshman last semester, this seemed a very student friendly campus.
Personally I don’t smoke, but I did appreciate the university understanding smoking as an
addiction andin few extreme casesa need for some people to get through the day. To think about it,providing students an area to smokewasanidealsolution that wherestudents could
go about enjoyinga cigarette between classes andgo carryalong theirideal dailyactivities.
Each smoking area also had trashcans, benches and signposts that made it convenient forstudents to smoke without really littering the campus or also hiding and smoking in othervarious parts of the campus.DSA, short for Designated Smoking Area is Purdue
’s solution to tackle on
-campussmoking. The university in its vast campus has installed twenty-one smoking sites, which arecalculatedly spread out and provide areas for smokers to go out and enjoy a cigarette.What made me realize that this ideal solution was not really ideal was a comment from a
classmate, a freshman student Olivia Harderback. “It’s seven
thirty in the morning, and I’m
heading out to my chemistry lecture and as I walk through Matthew Hall, right as I am walking Iam enveloped in fr
ont of a cloud of smoke”. Well she’s right that her path to chemistry lecture
in Wetherill building is right in the way of Matthew DSA, and to avoid that she would have todeviate a block which is very uncomfortable on an early cold morning. Further what is moreupsetting is that Olivia is an asthmatic
, and even a little puff of smoke inhaled by her isextremely harmful for her body
. This incident got me thinking, are DSA’s a great idea after all?
Forty-thousand is the class strength of Purdue University, and one can expect a decent
amount of students to be smoking, but still there is a large percentage of students who don’t smoke which have to be accounted for. DSA’s though being a good measure have not been the
most well planned feature in the university. And to illustrate this, I want to take into
consideration two DSA’s in particular the one outside union and the one at Matthew Hall.
Web MD (2011*).
Smoking and Asthma
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CDC-Fact Sheet-Secondhand Smoke Facts-Smoking & Tobacco Use (March 21
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics /fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/general_facts/index.htm