Editorial Argues University Should Ban Tobacco but Allow E-Cigs
St. Edward’s University is a liberal arts Roman Catholic university in Austin, Texas. Its local student paper is Hilltop Views which had a fairly surprising editorial this week on the issue of smoking and electronic cigarettes. The crux: ban tobacco cigarettes and allow e-cigs.
You can read the editorial right here.
What’s surprising is that St. Edwards is still a smoke friendly campus — an increasing rarity in this age. So anything that moves the campus towards meaningful action against smoking is a good thing. Still, it’s hard to change things when smoking is such an ingrained part of our culture (even now). But it seems electronic cigarettes offer a unique opportunity in this sort of debate — the ability to ban cigarettes will still allowing something that mostly sates the needs of users.
The editorial makes a few surprisingly good points. The writers argue that e-cigs offer far less primary and secondary harm (including citing a couple studies). Beyond that, however, the editorial also points out that users of electronic cigarettes are predominantly current and ex-smokers.
What the writers finally settle on, is that smoking should be free to be done by anyone provided it doesn’t impact the health of those around them. Electronic cigarette offer that and more.