Wash. U. should set precedent in terms of tobacco legislation

Washington University has taken an extremely aggressive stance on tobacco that the state will never incorporate but should take a serious look at as a model to make Missouri a healthier and more attractive place to live and work.

| Staff Writer

Don’t tell me what to do: Smoking and governmental right

Last Wednesday, the New York City Council voted by overwhelming majority to increase the smoking age in the city to 21. This was done as part of an initiative to stop the smoking epidemic and to increase health among the citizens of New York. But the problem of tobacco use cannot be stopped by something as crude as a ban.

Steven Wenzel | Contributing Writer

The temptation of tobacco

[media-credit id=2696 align="alignright" width="627"][/media-credit]I started smoking cigarettes a year and a half ago. I can’t remember why, though I suspect it had something to do with looking cool—it was very rebellious and dangerous to smoke cigarettes after you graduated from high school. Quitting a year later was one of the most painful things I’ve ever done.

| Staff Columnist

Local businesses react to new smoking ban

Confusion surrounded the implementation of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County smoking bans on January 2, but owners and patrons of local establishments say that the ban has been met with largely positive reactions.

| Editor in Chief

Ventilation systems ineffective, says WU study

A new scientific study performed by Washington University researchers shows that ventilation systems in indoor venues that allow cigarette smoking do not reduce customers’ exposure to secondhand smoke.

| Contributing Reporter

Tobacco still in use on campus despite ban, survey finds

As summer turns to fall, Washington University is continuing to adjust to its smoke-free environment. While many smokers have adjusted to the ban by smoking on Forsyth, Big Bend and other areas off campus, some have been violating the ban in secret.

| Staff Reporter

Tobacco ban enforcement should not be a student responsibility

Despite the campus-wide tobacco ban, people are still smoking cigarettes around Washington University. Students and faculty alike have been slipping through the cracks, smoking on campus with few or no repercussions. Enforcement of the tobacco ban by the University has been severely lacking, and the penalties for smoking on campus are woefully unclear.

The Marlboro Monopoly Act

On June 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (H.R. 1256) into law, thus taking the first faltering steps toward fully monitoring and regulating cigarettes and their purchases. The bill gives the FDA the power to “regulate tobacco products.” This is all well and good, and the act […]

| Staff Columnist

The purpose of Controversy N’ Coffee is not aggressive retaliation

In light of your open letter to Professor Peter Benson (“A response to Peter Benson,” Oct. 2), we feel that it is necessary to state the position of Controversy n’ Coffee, as a student group dedicated to fostering dialogue in the Wash. U. community.

Mariana Oliver and Eliana Wilk

University-backed smoking ban referendum to appear on ballot

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley signed a bill on Friday to put a Washington University-backed smoking ban referendum on the November ballot, following weeks of heated County Council meetings and public debate.

| Copy Chief