Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pennsylvania smoking ban brings college kids out in protest

At Pennsylvania's Clarion University, something remarkable happened yesterday: a "smoke-in" defying state law. No, it wasn't a pro-marijuana protest; it was a pro-tobacco protest -- and that's remarkable.

About 50 Clarion University of Pennsylvania students protested a new ban on smoking on state-owned campuses today, calling the prohibition that forbids lighting up even outdoors unfair and unenforceable. ...

University officials handed them yellow cards warning them that they risk fines or disciplinary action. Some of the protesters responded by putting tobacco on the cards, rolling them up and lighting them so they could be smoked.

It's not just Clarion University. The new ban has been interpreted as applying even to outdoor spaces at colleges and universities, because classes and events are often held in the open air. Responses by ticked-off students have been widespread.

With virtually no warning, smoking at 14 of Pennsylvania's state-owned universities has been banned anywhere on campus — even outdoors.

The action has sparked protests around the state by some of the 110,000 students in the State System of Higher Education, who received word of the ban by e-mail late Wednesday — a day before a new state law forbidding smoking in most workplaces and public spaces took effect. ...

Students who feel the policy is too extreme have organized peaceful protests of smokers and sympathetic nonsmokers on at least three of the 14 Pennsylvania campuses, and there is talk of a coordinated statewide demonstration later this week.

College campuses are one of the more reliable cultural barometers. They're not consistently libertarian, and they're not consistently authoritarian. But, from marijuana to speech codes, they are good indicators of where the culture is going at the moment, and what the attitude of young adults is toward current legal trends.

So when college students start protesting smoking bans as excessively intrusive, arguing, "I'm standing outside. I should have the right to smoke outside," there's a good chance that the tidewaters of the anti-smoking jihad have reached their high water mark and are beginning to recede.

Pennsylvania's statewide ban, passed in June and signed by Governor Ed Rendell, was intended to be wide-reaching, with even more intrusions promised by the bill's sponsor, who regretted the exemptions required to win political support. "I believe that within several years we are going to see legislation to strengthen the law and place more broad restrictions on all public places in the state," State Senator Stewart Greenleaf told reporters.

That intolerant, prohibitionist attitude may have produced the sort of legislative overreaching that sparks public reactions -- and gets college kids marching in opposition.



Anonymous Brutus said...

Students ought to have the liberty to conduct their lives as they choose and as they accept the consequences of their actions. Such is the stuff of true freedom.

However smoking presents another issue that really cannot be overlooked. Smoking directly affects others. If the students wish to smoke then let them so long as others have the same freedom not to have to smell the smoke and wear it on their clothes.

The oddest situation I have encountered was outside a hospital where employees would gather to smoke. Walking from the parking lot into the building could not be done without wading through the smokers and finding your clothes reeking of smoke.

Can there be some compromise? Perhaps so but only if and when liberty can be had for both groups.

September 17, 2008 5:46 AM  
Anonymous The Editor said...

While obviously there needs to be some respite for non-smokers, banning all smoking outside seems a little draconian.

September 17, 2008 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mind you, they were just ticketed and let go. Were the cops worried about how they were getting home?


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54 underage drinkers cited at single party
By TRISTAN SCOTT of the Missoulian

Operation Party Patrol debuted this past weekend as Missoula police officers meted out 54 citations to minors in possession of alcohol - at a single beer party.

For the next six weeks, Missoula police will hit the streets on patrol for raucous parties, underage drinking, drunken drivers and alcohol-related violence as part of the “Comprehensive Strategic Response Plan.” Officers rolled out the plan over the weekend, converging on downtown Missoula and in neighborhoods surrounding the University of Montana campus.

On Friday night, officers responded to complaints of a loud party on the 900 block of Eaton Street, where revelers allegedly urinated on a neighbor's bushes, according to Sgt. Jerry Odlin. Police ticketed several minors who were highly intoxicated outside the house, Odlin said, and who told police that a larger party was going on inside.

When the residents of the house refused to let police inside, authorities got a search warrant, “and with the assistance of a battering ram, we executed the search warrant,” Odlin said.

“We kind of have the responsibility to make sure that the people inside aren't in various stages of alcohol poisoning,” Odlin said. “We cannot just walk away, and people need to realize that simply not answering the door is not going to deter us.”

Authorities also issued tickets for obstructing police, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.

Another 10 citations were doled out at a loud party on the 600 block of Brooks Street. However, residents there cooperated with police.

Patrols were especially vigilant during the periods before and after Saturday's Grizzly football game, Odlin said. Before the game's 1 p.m. kickoff, officers who were detailed to the neighborhoods adjacent to campus issued 33 citations for open containers and six citations for minors in possession of alcohol. By the end of the game, officers had issued 19 more citations for open containers.

There were three DUI arrests downtown, while officers conducted 18 compliance checks at bars, casinos and convenience stores. Four employees were cited for unlawful transactions with a minor.

Next week, Odlin said police will conduct another round of compliance checks and continue the downtown foot beats and bar checks.

“We're also going to continue our response to loud parties,” Odlin said. “But we'll always do that.

“The way I look at it, I'm somewhat surprised and disappointed by the high numbers,” Odlin said, adding that heavy media coverage preceded the weekend crackdown. “But I guess I would consider this a success because it shows people that we're taking the alcohol offenses very seriously, and that we will act on them.”

September 18, 2008 3:12 PM  
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Pre-tobacco-protest is good for both the young generation as well as for the growth of the country.College students should not protest it.


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