As a former student at the University of Missouri and a smoker, I have experienced bits and pieces of the steps being taken to eradicate smoking from the school grounds. I lived in a dorm that had a designated smoking area that transformed into non-smoking as soon as an imaginary line into the commons was crossed.
I feel smokers have been very patient and calm when dealing with the constant scrutiny they incur from non-smokers, but when will enough be enough? We can't smoke outside anymore? Where can we smoke? In our cars in a dark parking lot, making sure no one sees us? We gave you restaurants, planes, public buildings; you asked us to take it outside, and we did. Now, you're going to take outside as well?
Taxes and politics aside, the idea is ludicrous. It's like an attempt to outlaw smoking, something that, as far as I remember from my time at school, was an immensely integral part of America's birth and growth as a country through tobacco production.
All I'm saying is, if you're going to make it illegal to smoke, do it, because the taxes and the laws are just agitating smokers, and, unfortunately, we've nowhere left to smoke to deal with the stress.
Jason Koch is a former student at MU. He lives in Columbia.