Arizona State University Banning Tobacco Products: Good Idea or Nanny-State B.S.?

Arizona State University is proud to announce that it's banning tobacco from all of its property starting August 1, 2013.

Not just smoking, mind you -- no tobacco products will be allowed at all "on university property, facilities, grounds, parking structures, university-owned vehicles and structures owned or leased by the university."

We're not sure if ASU got this idea from Mike Bloomberg, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

"Because alternative tobacco products, including smoke-less tobacco ("chew," "dip," "snuff,"), hookah and electronic cigarettes have been found to have detrimental health effects, these products do not fit with ASU's environment of health and wellness," an explanation from ASU says.

Thus, those products cannot be used.

However, Taco Bell, Burger King, Papa John's, and other quality food establishments can still be found in "ASU's environment of health and wellness."

Even if you're going to a football game, heading to ASU's golf course, standing on the top of an empty parking garage, or anywhere else with "ASU" stamped on it, no tobacco's allowed.

Is this a good idea?

Cast your vote below:

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Matthew Hendley
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