Volume 2, Number 11 - February 23, 2012

Find us on Facebook

About the Reporter

Michael Pelaez

Our Sponsors

Forum Forum

Letter to the Editor

By Michael Pelaez

The campus-wide smoking ban has its support and its resistance, and many debates have been had on the issue. It is extremely unfortunate that now, after the ban has been implemented, Mr. Tur not only is against it, but gives absolutely no inclination he wants to stop, nor gives any information on how to quit if you are currently in the situation he is so dissatisfied with.
At first, I thought the article was satirical with a quote like “[smoking is] a great chaser to harmless binge drinking” or listing the “pleasures” of smoking, but I was surprised when it wasn’t satirical at all. It was just ignorant, irresponsible, and dangerous. Contrary to Mr. Tur’s remarks,  you don’t risk “just a few ailments” by smoking, you risk many, and “a person’s health is their own problem.” Really? Rising healthcare costs partly because of avoidable surgeries is everyone’s problem.
I’ve read logical arguments regarding the ban but this is the first I see actually defending smoking itself; I hope Mr. Tur encourages fellow smokers to quit instead of encouraging them to continue. It’s unfortunate that part of what makes people smoke is the misinformation out there, along with the illusion of grandeur.
Fortunately there are plenty of healthy and conscious ways to deal with these apparent “problems” Tur somehow believes only smoking can remedy. You see, “stress”, “loss of concentration,” “dissatisfaction”  and “unhappiness” can all be countered rather more effectively by healthy means like deep breaths, meditation, awareness or professional help.

I highly recommend using the five minutes you would have used to smoke on campus to clear your mind, take in your surroundings, and become more conscious of the present moment. Too difficult? Visit MDC’s resources to stop smoking, something apparently missed in the article.

Michael Pelaez, 27, is studying Supervision and Management at MDC’s Hialeah Campus.

More Forum Articles

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or genetic information.
Contact the Office of Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, ADA and Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for assistance.