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Poll: Emory Bans Smoking--Even in Cars

The new policy bans people from smoking anywhere on campus, including in their own vehicles. Extreme?

Emory University is now completely tobacco free, the school announced on their website (and the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported).

The ban, effective Jan. 1, means that no one can puff anywhere on campus, including in cars. 

The ban includes all interior spaces and "all outside property or grounds owned or wholly leased by Emory, including parking areas – this applies to private vehicles while they are on Emory property and Emory vehicles." 

What do you think? Is it a little extreme to stop people from smoking in their own cars? Or is it healthier for everyone to have a zero tolerance policy? Take the poll below and tell us in the comments! 

Rob Bean January 06, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I don't smoke (anymore) and never could stand the smell in my clothes, so I never smoked inside my home and would keep the windows down when I smoked in the car, but trying to stop people from doing so in their own, private vehicles? I mean, are they talking about someone driving through the campus with the windows up, or are they concerned about someone on their way to a meeting on a spring day with all the windows down, chain smoking a pack of Pall Mall filterless? Like that even makes a difference? I mean, it is still their own, personal vehicle. I think I'm going to have to call bull on this one.
Lynn Griffeth January 08, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I don't smoke nor never have but I am feeling an infringement on my rights just a little. I know at the CDC you can smoke in your car even in the parking deck as well as they have a small designated place to smoke far from the campus. I think that is reasonable. I know people trying to quit smoking and are really struggling but it is just like dieting, the more restrictions, sometimes the harder it is to achieve. Lynn

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