Look no further than college campuses to see why the headline is true: College students don’t seem to notice — or care — that their rights are slowly being taken away.
In early July, my own University of Michigan joined a long list of at least 530 schools that have banned smoking. This public university implemented a ban on a legal substance across its entire 3,100-acre campus even though, according to the university’s own estimates, 13 percent of the campus population — including faculty, students and staff — are smokers.
And tobacco isn’t just banned from buildings or even the perimeters of buildings, which can be plausibly argued for health reasons, as everyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows by now.
Instead, the smoking ban applies across the entire campus — even on completely open grounds in which cigarette smoke would be dissipated almost immediately.
While the effects of indoor secondhand smoke have been sufficiently studied and found harmful, the jury is still out on outdoor secondhand smoke. This is mostly due to the fact that it is hard to replicate a system the size of the Earth.