The State System of Higher Education has declared all of their campuses as smoke-free under the new state law mandating smoke-free workplaces.
This has pissed off the student smokers who now are forced to leave the campus if they’d like to smoke.
Now, I’ll preface this by saying that it seems a bit heavy-handed to not even offer a smokers area, and that’s coming from a chick who growls softly every time she walks through a cloud of smoke on the sidewalks of the Burgh.
Having said that, there was a protest on Clarion’s campus yesterday:
“Many of us try to be courteous to nonsmokers. We realize they don’t like it,” she said. “But my thing is ‘I’ll respect you if you respect me.’ These are our rights.”
Yesterday, at Clarion, the protesters briefly marched to the campus library, shouting “What do we want? The right to smoke!” as a pair of campus police officers followed.
Dear Stupidheads of Clarion University of Pennsylvania:
I realize you’re still in college so you haven’t yet fully acquired all of your smarts, so calling you stupidheads is not an insult. It’s a fact.
Please be aware of a few things:
1. Smoking is fun until the cancer sets in.
2. Nowhere in the written law, not in the Constitution, not in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights (hey, I bet you stupidheads didn’t even know that the Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution), not in any state law does it say, “And the people shall have the right to smoke, damn it! Light ’em up!”
Therefore, it is not a right any more than peeing in public is a right. But, how awesome would a group of protesters yelling, “What do we want? The right to pee on the sidewalk!” be?!
You never had the right; no one ever took the right away from you; and unless Congress amends the constitution, you aren’t ever going to have the “right” you think you had and lost.
3. Fight the ban if you’d like, because I think you have the power in numbers to get some smokers areas designated, but please shut up about your friggin’ rights because when you do, your stupidhead is showing.