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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 18, 2010 7:30 AM

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Follow the no-smoking signs

The UI is supposed to be a smokefree campus. But if you were a visitor to campus, this would not be evident. Everywhere I go, I see students, faculty, and staff smoking on campus. I see people smoking outside of the Pappajohn Business Building, Burge Hall, the Main Library, at bus stops, on the Pentacrest, and outside the IMU during Dance Marathon.

As a seven-year childhood cancer survivor, I am very passionate about smokefree campaigns. Smoking is a known carcinogen for smokers and nonsmokers. It accounts for more than 440,000 deaths a year, according to the American Heart Association.

The university has done a poor job of enforcing the smokefree policy. The people of the university have also done a poor job following state and university regulations.

As a leading research university and hospital, what kind of example are we setting? Do you care if your smoking causes a child to get cancer? I cherish my second chance at life and do not want to get cancer again because of someone else’s ignorance. Don’t light up on campus — it’s that simple.

Emily Inman
UI junior


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