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Keegan Ried

S. Kitten

English 1301-053

1 November 2010

Igniting a Smoking Ban

Many people agree that smoking is a disgusting and nasty habit. Jeff Larsen, and Lee

Cohen, both well known professors at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, found that over

430,000 Americans die preventable deaths due to smoking related illnesses each year (1). Those

illnesses are also caused by secondhand smoke. Secondhand cigarette smoke fills many

restaurants and public places that nonsmokers must visit on a daily basis. Amarillo College is a

good example of a public place where nonsmokers are subjected to destructive cigarette smoke.

Many students, at Amarillo College, have found themselves addicted to smoking cigarettes

which, in turn, forces other students into situations where secondhand smoke becomes a real risk.

Smoking is a self-destructive practice that many more students and faculty find repulsive and

detestable; those students and faculty are now pushing Amarillo College to institute a campus

wide smoking ban. As a community leader, Amarillo College has a responsibility to ban

smoking, not only within the college buildings but also anywhere on college grounds.

A smoking ban at Amarillo College shows college-wide support for the "Tobacco Free

Amarillo" initiative. The "Tobacco Free Amarillo" or TFA initiative is pushing to systematically

wipe out smoking from all public places in Amarillo. Amarillo College and TFA can work

hand-in-hand to cease tobacco use by current students and future students. By placing a ban on

smoking, Amarillo College shows its support for a smokeless environment. In Amarillo, the city

wide smoking ban proposition has failed often because there is not enough nonsmoker support

When students get sick. This lack of respect for the welfare of other students causes a negative reaction in the minds of the nonsmokers. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and an impairment of lung function (1). they miss classes and learning opportunities. Students' GPA's and morale are greatly reduced because of the absences due to public smoking-related illness. stated that Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) can cause cardiovascular disease. thereby showing citizens who have not yet voted how wonderful a smokeless public environment can be. Supporting TFA. Amarillo College should stop subjecting students to the physical and mental abuse associated with public smoking. and highly esteemed doctor at Jayakumary Gulf Medical University. Marcus Credé. and not just those people who smoke on a regular basis. Ried 2 when it comes time to vote at the polls. and spur voters to approve a city wide smoking ban. Secondhand smoke threatens the lives of countless young people each year. To create a better college experience. Muttappallymyalil. they . Secondhand smoking is one mentally abusive action. When a students smell lit cigarettes. When one persons action causes such a decline in another persons attitude and happiness. The city needs community leaders to step up and support the nonsmoking citizens by placing self-induced smoking bans. Muttappallymyalil also states that ETS has "grave adverse health effects" on the general population. most people associate that action with mental abuse. Dr. J. Amarillo College can be a leader in its community. showed that attendance has strong relationships between both class grades and overall GPA (2). a respected. students who pass through the smoke of another are at risk for many health problems. Amarillo College must ban all use of tobacco products on college property. Therefore. an assistant professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. Those students who smoke are actively disrespecting the lives of the other students around them. cancer.

Clark and McCann stated "Most of the smokers wanted to quit. students would have an overpowering motive to cease their disgusting habit. Amarillo College can avoid the ill affects of cigarette smoke by eradicating it entirely. Nonsmoker's attitudes are greatly affected by the presence of secondhand smoke. Ried 3 immediately feel anger toward the origin of the smoke. most students will seek out resources to quit smoking. dry mouth. Therefore. fatigue." (191) A college wide ban would create a new social norm where students do not smoke to fit in. Amarillo College forces smokers to wait until after they have left school grounds to light up. sore throat. Most student smokers. and the amount of support they received from their peers. headache. Nicotine withdrawal manifests when a student has been without nicotine for an extended period of time. By banning cigarettes. Symptoms of smoking withdrawal include insomnia. Students who have to wait 4 or more hours to smoke face many uncomfortable and excruciating nicotine withdrawal symptoms. would be unable to complete an entire school day without smoking. due to the severeness of the withdrawal symptoms. they (the quitters) were able to see that the social aspects of smoking were harder to overcome than cravings for nicotine. inability to concentrate. and irresistible cravings to smoke. . validating the need for a campus wide smoking ban. and many had tried unsuccessfully to quit. cough. Eileen Clark and Terence V. Thereby. Amarillo College's ban would inherently support the efforts of many students to quit smoking. The ban would also inconvenience student smokers to a point where quitting becomes their only option. The lack of a tobacco ban at Amarillo College currently enables students to remain addicted during school hours. McCann found a strong relationship between the ability of students to quit smoking. When looking back on the process of quitting. By experiencing the terrible effects of withdrawal each and every school day.

and to future students. the symptoms of withdrawal would upset student smokers and lead to low morale among said students. people who are born after the ban would grow up without knowing anything different. Amarillo College has a duty. but also the citizens and communities of Amarillo. would bolster positive attitudes among students as they walk around campus. Therefore. ultimately quit all smoking tobacco use. therefore are not enough of a factor to prevent a campus wide smoking ban. As a result. A smoking ban gives Amarillo College the opportunity to show how much it cares for not only its students. Banning smoke on a campus wide basis. those students who decide not to quit smoking would experience the same situation that smokers did when many restaurants banned smoking. sleepiness and frustration. all symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Ried 4 Some people may say that a smoking ban would only lead to low morale and upset student smokers. Smokers were initially upset by the ban but over time learned to handle any inconveniences that may arise. greatly outweighs upsetting a small number of smokers now. to support TFA and community voters in the struggle against public smoking by initiating a tobacco ban. Amarillo College has a responsibility to create a nurturing and friendly learning environment for its students. the low morale and negative feelings are only temporary. The benefits to current nonsmoking students. Students who decide to quit smoking would experience withdrawal effects including feelings of irritability. Smoking students would also be more productive and accepted among their peers because an Amarillo College smoking ban would give them an excellent reason to stick with smoking cessation programs and. Students would be happier and healthier knowing that they will not be subjected to deadly consequences caused by second hand smoke. as community leader. On the other hand. As time progresses. By . Nicotine withdrawal is not permanent and would subside as the student progresses through a smoking cessation program.

Ried 5 banning cigarettes. Amarillo College is taking the next step toward a happier and healthier college body. .

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