Nicholls State Teaches Dangers Of Tobacco By Moving Smoking Areas Directly Into Street.

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Students, once forced to smoke on the corner of busy intersections just off campus, are now required to stand directly in traffic.

Nicholls, being a smoke-free zone, not only promotes health and wellness but aims to educate smokers about the dangers of cigarettes. Since the effects of smoking are not immediately felt, Nicholls decided to speed up the dangers by having their students stand in the path of oncoming vehicles.

As a result of this policy, smoking has already caused three fatalities, nineteen concussions, and fifteen broken windshields. Tobacco use around campus has dramatically plummeted as students have quickly learned that smoking can be hazardous to one’s health.

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3 thoughts on “Nicholls State Teaches Dangers Of Tobacco By Moving Smoking Areas Directly Into Street.

  1. This is the best idea I have ever heard! Being a former smoker of 35 years, I honestly believe that dramatic policies such as that of Nicholls State will help college students learn a practical lesson about life and the risks involved when people do stupid things. I thought this blog was supposed to be satirical.

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    • It is a satirical blog. “The Push Pole” literally states this fact in their “About” page. This post is obviously a…sorry…..I interpret this satirical post as a commentary of how Louisiana–and America–deals with laws concerning drugs and substances. The way that Nicholls State is shown to have dealt with the deathly dangers of tobacco use apparently immediately resulted in “three fatalities, nineteen concussions, and fifteen broken windshields.” Therefore: hypocrisy. How could this ever be seen as a “practical lesson about life?” That is taking one kind of detrimental activity and trying to make its negative effects apparent through another dangerous occurrence’s incidents. It’s like having two rooms connected by a one way mirror; room one can see room two. A heroin addict shoots up in room one, and she watches as a man smashes a dinner plate over his wife’s head in room two. Spoiler alert: the cops come and make arrests in both cases, and it all ends in a lot of money and prison. Also, the occurrences in room two didn’t change anything happening in room one. Both situations are bad for all those involved, all parties of both rooms will and do have repercussions, but neither should be used to define or punish the other. This piece of satire highlights how putting things like drug use, abuse, and addiction in an alienating box is a worthless and honestly backwards route of action. It only ends in situations that are worse in more diverse ways than they were before. Punishing individuals who use “bad” substances by alienating them and equating their use and abuse to violent crimes in court and in life is not the way to prevent and remedy such actions. Forcing those who choose to smoke (or chose to and then became addicted to smoking) cigarettes to do so in an atmosphere of elevated danger, therefore making their lives and the lives of all those who “drive” by them even more dangerous, is not a valid “lesson” or “policy.” It is wrong. There is a better way to heal and prevent substance use and abuse. Shunning those who partake in taboo activities should not be seen as a method of preventing, healing, or punishing. Shunning, rejecting, neglecting, despising, incarcerating, separating, boxing off, containing, endangering…just, no. It all adds up to ignoring. Ignoring the real problems. Ignoring. Ignorance. There has to be another way. There is another way. We need to stop incarcerating and abandoning such individuals, forcing them to “stand directly in traffic…in the path of oncoming vehicles,” divorcing them from humanity. We need to start helping those who have already been affected and helping those who might be next. There’s a big difference between “prevent” and “protect.”

      -rae

      P.S. FYI this is the first and only thing I’ve read on this blog ever. Besides the “About” page. Sooooooo yeah. Whoops if I got all opinionated on your ass. Not. Yay internet!

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