Missouri State University in Springfield is working toward phasing out tobacco use on campus. Officials have prohibited tobacco use indoors and have designated certain areas for smokers.
Northwest Missouri State in Maryville has already become a smoke-free campus. Columbia has a smoking ordinance in place that bans smoking indoors throughout the city and, eventually, MU officials would like to phase out tobacco use on campus.
Missouri has the lowest tax on cigarettes in the nation, a fact that a few legislators, like State Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, have said they would like to change. Those in support of the tax argue that an increased smoking tax could bring in badly-needed revenue to the state, as well as discourage tobacco use by Missourians.
Smoking is already prohibited indoors at MU, but they would like to see it completely banned by 2014. However, would banning the use of a product while increasing the taxes levied upon it present a new paradox?
Do you think MU should be a smoke-free campus?