But Prof Skegg said it had not been possible to ban smoking altogether on the Dunedin campus because some buildings were located "a considerable distance" from public spaces beyond the campus.Yup, it's all about striking a balance. We heard exactly the same thing when they restricted smokers here to designated areas away from doorways. Funny how that balancing soon disappears. I'd pay $0.75 for a contract paying $1 if Otago pushed to completely smoke free within the next three years. Anti-tobbac loves compromise, so long as it's always the midpoint between the status quo and shooting smokers. The status quo moves, then so too does the compromise.
"Smoking in the open area constitutes no risk to other people, but there are frequent complaints about people smoking by doorways and near windows or air vents.
"While we aspire to achieve a completely smoke-free environment in the future, it is necessary to consider the rights of a significant number of staff and students who are addicted to smoking . . .
"It is hoped these measures will be seen as striking an appropriate balance between [smokers] and the preferences of many other members of the university community," he told the university council.
If the University thinks students harm others by having a smoke in the middle of a windy quad, is it that far a stretch for it to start buying shonky "third hand smoke" arguments and just ban smokers from campus entirely?
Fortunately, Brad has already submitted his thesis....
Note: Updated to clarify the differences between Otago Polytech and Otago University's positions.