Paul Smiths has a reputation for attracting future timber and forest product workers who take pride in their blue collar, rough-around-the-edges vibe.
For a lot of students, that lifestyle includes a can of chew or a cigarette. But Mills says the culture on his campus was actually inspiring non-smokers to take up the habit.
“Some of our data indicated we were creating smokers,” according to Mills, “and that really bothered me.”
Banning a known carcinogen that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans every year may seem like a no-brainer. The move drew strong praise from the Adirondack Tobacco Free Network.
But some students are incensed at their school’s attempt to dictate a legal behavior in their private lives.
“I mean if you want to smoke, I think they should be able to. They’re paying a lot of money to come here,” said Paul Smiths student Peter Murphy, a non-smoker who thinks his school has gone too far.
So what do you think? Are Paul Smiths — and the hundreds of other college campuses adopting these rules — defending public health and further reducing nicotine addiction? Or are they meddling in a high-handed way in lives of their student-customers?
Your comments welcome.