• How can Florida Gulf Coast University become a tobacco free campus without making smokers feel unwelcome?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESo8sAt8A_A
Although students on university campuses have a right to smoke, Florida Gulf CoastUniversity should consider banning all smoking on campus.
Smoking is dangerous and causes many health problems as well as environmental setbacks
• According to the CDC, 19.0% of all adults smoke cigarettes• This number is very high and needs to be brought down significantly
Opposing ViewpointsSince so many people smoke, it shouldn’t be completely banned from campuses • It’s common for college students to smoke cigarettes and banning them forces students to quit the habit
Opposing Viewpoints It is a common habit of many people including some FGCU staff, and they need to be able to have a cigarette throughout the day• Staff members spend long hours working and shouldn’t have to leave campus in order to smoke a cigarette
Personal Viewpoints Second hand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking itself and making the campus tobacco free will encourage better habits of FGCU affiliates• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that, “Secondhand smoke costs greater than $10 billion (i.e., health care expenditures, morbidity, and mortality).”• In the United States, smoking is responsible for one in five deaths annually. 49,000 of these deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure alone.
Personal ViewpointsSmoking places an immediate threat to the environment and in time becomes toxic to the earth• Throwing away cigarettes has been linked to a high amount of very large forest fires, killing off wildlife and vegetation.• The toxic chemicals in cigarette butts are a threat to our aquatic ecosystems and sea life.• According to Tobacco Free California, “the production of cigarettes is very damaging to the environment. It is estimated that one tree is consumed for every 300 cigarettes produced (thats one tree for every one and a half cartons).”
Personal Viewpoints Smoking cigarettes is linked to academic failure and lack of achievement in students• According to the CDC, “31% of students with mostly A’s ever smoked cigarettes and 74% of students with mostly D’s or F’s ever smoked cigarettes.”• Also, only two percent of students that smoked cigarettes on school properties received the passing grade of a A.
Smoking has greatdownfalls and causes moreharm than good. BanningCigarette use on campuswould increase FGCU’senvironment as well as thehealth and wellness of theschool’s population.
Want More Information?• Smoking and the environmenthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozqIfh3Pztg• Secondhand Smokehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxjHlbq-3vE
Can We Agree on Something?• It would make for a positive step in FGCU’s plan to, “go green.”• It would help promote people to kick the habit• It would greatly decrease the amount of cigarettes a smoker has daily• It would provide FGCU with a cleaner and less hazardous campus
Conclusion To help make FGCU a tobacco free campuswithout singling out smokers, FGCU can better promote the use of electric smoking devices
Electric smoking devices are odorless, flameless, and lessharmful than regular cigarettes. FGCU can encourage students topurchase these devices or even supply them at the schoolconvenience store. The use of the electric cigarettes lets smokersfulfill their habit and helps FGCU become closer to achieving atobacco free campus.
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