OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Friday, October 3

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QUESTION: What do students think of others smoking on campus? I always smoke while walking around and nobody seems to notice it.

23 comments

  1. Nonsmoker: I personally prefer people standing in one place when they smoke (walking a few metres behind a smoker and constantly breathing in second hand smoke is annoying, especially because asthma), but I know a lot of people who hate that. And I'll usually just get out of the way if I can, or pass the person smoking since I naturally walk quickly.

    People probably notice, but don't say anything, tbh. It's a minor inconvenience.

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  2. Nonsmoker: I notice it and hate it, I'd rather not walk through other people's smoke or have someone walk in front of me with the smoke trailing behind and directly into my face. If you think people "don't notice it", you're wrong. People probably just don't feel comfortable telling a stranger that their second hand smoke is bothering them.

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  3. Since it's not really illegal to smoke as long as you're within 10m or whatever of the buildings, I don't feel I have a right to say anything but if it's like around where people are standing (like for a bus stop) or if it's more than a few seconds of my time you are inconsiderate and I hate it.

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  4. nonsmoker, but i grew up with smokers so i might be a little more tolerant. i don't mind if you're smoking while you're walking but ffs don't smoke near the buildings! i see people do it all the fucking time, even in front of "do not smoke" signs

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    1. You grew up with smokers? You're a smoker, just a passive one :)

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  5. I'm okay with smokers doing their thing around campus, as long as the smoke doesn't reach me or others. I'd really appreciate it if smokers respected the 10 meter rule around DC, DP and bus stops-- especially bus stops. Depending on which direction the wind is blowing, even if someone is smoking outside, the bus stop will be filled with the scent of cigarettes, which is not so great for non-smokers.

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    1. This sums it up nicely

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    2. I have told people off a few times, most will move, but there are a few I have run into who either did not respond or pretended not to speak English.

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  6. Nonsmoker: I have an asthmatic reaction to cig smoke so I generally hate you as a population and am disgusted by your second hand smoke. I also feel sorry for you because it's an addiction and well, there's the whole shaming thing a lot of us NS's do to you.

    Please enjoy your death sticks while 10 metres away from buildings and off of main walking paths.

    Sincerely with love and the hope that you don't get lung cancer,
    NS

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    1. This +100.

      Smoking is fucking disgusting. Stop polluting my air.

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  7. Personally, I think campus as a whole should be a no-smoking zone.

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    1. I agree with you. It really isn't a big deal nowadays. We know smoking does nothing but cause illness, which we are all paying for in Canada. I fully support universal health care, but people should not consume something knowing, conclusively, that it will give them health problems down the line.

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    2. 100% with you here.

      There are very few places on campus where the 10m rule allows for smoking, why not either designate the whole thing smoke free or set-out defined smoking areas?

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  8. I quit smoking a little over a year ago and I notice about half a dozen smokers in the < 30 minutes I spend actually outside on campus every day. Half the time the smell makes me feel physically ill and I praise the day I finally quit the filthy things. The other half of the time, though, I'm strongly tempted to walk up to them and ask for a drag because I miss that floaty feeling.

    I notice but I say nothing because nothing I would have to say would do either of us any good.

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  9. If you are not walking in a crowd, then I have no problem with it, but if there is tons of people in close proximity, then it would be best to step aside.

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  10. I absolutely hate smoker and I just can't even imagine why would anyone smoke and hurt themselves and everyone else around them

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  11. Hate smokers who smoke on campus in general. Worst places are in front of entrances (I'm looking at you DC smokers....) and bus stops since those are high traffic areas. I always walk away from smokers asap since I can't stand the smell :/

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  12. I used to care when I was younger; but I don't as I got older. Do what you want man; your not hurting anyone

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    1. They are though.

      People with relatively common conditions like Asthma can be set off by smoke, and it smell absolutely awful.

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  13. It is disgusting. I can go weeks without needing my rescue inhaler, but if I get a blast of smoke in my place I often need to use it.

    I will generally hold my breath to pass through the cloud of smoke when entering DC for instance.

    That is not something I should have to do.

    Plus the butts just tossed onto the ground despite having containers at all the major buildings.

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  14. Non-smoker: I secretly want to kill all smokers. You're polluting my air and increasing my risk of cancer, so fuck you.

    When I'm walking behind a smoker, I hold my breath and overtake them.

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  15. Depends on what you're smoking...

    Cigarette = condescending glare
    Weed = high five
    Crack = props

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  16. Smokers only care about themselves and it's disgusting. I have asthma and wish I could have perfect lungs, and I work hard to keep mine as healthy as I can. Then you, the smoker, take your healthy lungs and willingly destroy them? Fuck you.

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