McMaster University in Hamilton is banning smoking. You won’t be allowed to smoke outside — not even in your car, with your windows rolled up — on university property.
With vaping, there’s no second-hand smoke, no tar or many of the other carcinogens found in cigarettes.
In fact, it’s become the number one way for smokers to quit. Imagine banning that, in the name of “health.”
But this ban isn’t really about health then, is it?
As many people die in North America from obesity as from smoking. So why not ban fast food or beer?
Since when is a university in loco parentis of a 21-year-old young man or woman? Or a fifty-year-old professor? Or janitor?
I mention janitors, because there is a demographic wrinkle here: McMaster’s president makes just under $400,000 a year. Guys like that don’t smoke cigarettes; they drink fine wines, or scotches. They eat exquisite desserts.
On the other hand, blue collar people are more likely to smoke cigarettes. So are minorities.
And remember: These days, a lot of students are foreign students. And most Chinese men smoke...
I don’t think McMaster has thought out the unintended consequences of this ban. But I have.
WATCH while I tick off just a few of these...
I think people who smoke should quit. But I think quitting is hard. Punishing them, while patting yourself on the back, isn’t liberal.
And it’s certainly not part of a liberal education.
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