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As others see it: Smoking decision is right

Not much good, if any, can come from an addiction to smoking manufactured cigarettes. How anyone could claim differently is a mystery.

The tobacco itself isn't necessarily the culprit. Smoking "pure" tobacco, in moderation and on celebratory occasions, or drinking alcohol at the same moderate levels, might even be considered by some as a good thing.

And for the moment, let's not even get into the claims of medicinal marijuana alleviating chronic pain. It might very well, but the legality of it in some states should remain confined to the home.

The contents of a cigarette are, in a word, deadly, with more than 4,000 chemicals -- 43 known to cause cancer and 400 others listed as toxins.

A dirty laundry list of the worst stuff being sucked into lungs is scary: nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, cyanide, arsenic and DDT, a synthetic pesticide. The smoke from cigarettes puffed in large numbers can be a lethal poison for the smoker and those around him/her.

The University of Mary made the right decision with its new smokefree policy.

Some might suggest the policy is too restrictive. Some will claim officials should be more concerned with alcohol usage. They might claim no one complains when pesticides and herbicides are sprayed on genetically-altered foods. ...

The University of Mary is a private, Catholic university.

While so many health arguments can be made to support smoking bans and tobacco-free zones, UMary doesn't need to rely on any of those for its justification.

Its mission statement reads, in part: "the University of Mary is distinctive in our education and formation of servant leaders with moral courage, global understanding, and commitment to the common good. The University of Mary exists to serve the religious, academic and cultural needs of the people in this region and beyond."

That is all the justification UMary needs to ban tobacco on campus. ...