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Letter: Beyond The Limits of Policy—An Honor-Focused Proposal

In my five semesters at Reed, I’ve yet to be struck by a cyclist, but I’ve evaded secondhand smoke fairly often. Why this difference? Why is it unnecessary to regulate the great, immediate threat that bikes pose not merely to those with medical conditions but to pedestrians as a whole? This is a product of […]

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Letter: Honorable Consumption

The Honor Principle is an individually defined and dynamic concept, and for me at this time it boils down to this: Upholding the common tenants by which we all agree to interact with each other, for example: bodily autonomy, respectful dialogue, and democratic rule. During our campus’s discussion on smoking policy these and many more […]

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Letter from the Community Affairs Committee

At its 12.9.13 meeting, the faculty voted to charge the Community Affairs Committee (CAC) with the task of writing a new smoking policy “like the one” Irena Swanson presented at that same faculty meeting. In response to this behest and in accordance with Reed’s governance processes, the CAC has taken steps to “work with Student Senate to make such a policy a reality.”

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Smoking Cessation Resources at the Health and Counseling Center

Research shows that smoking even one to four cigarettes per day can have deleterious health effects: significantly higher risk of dying from all causes, heart disease, and additionally from lung cancer in women (Bjartveit & Tverdal, 2005). There is no better time than now to stop smoking and the staff of the HCC would like […]

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Letter: “The Reed Campus Should Have a Couple Designated Smoking Areas”

Although I’m not a smoker, and I get headaches when people smoke outside of the South entrance of Reed, and the smoke comes in my office window… I still think that the Reed Campus should have a couple of designated smoking areas. Several years ago my husband and I submitted photos of combined shelters for […]

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Letter: Desire for Clean Air May Win Out in the End

I don’t have anything special to add to this debate. Picking up cigarette butts is more of an issue for facilities staff than secondhand smoke. I would not want to be in any indoor environment where I was breathing secondhand smoke, but I don’t personally care if people smoke outside. Many other people do care. […]

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Letter: “We Do Not Need Consequences”

Students particularly, but faculty and staff as well, came to the forum with Honor on their lips. Smoking catches Honor in an uncomfortable place – there are often physical and social barriers to opening up discussion, and the paradox is that honorable discussion is really the only way for this conversation to happen reasonably. We […]

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The Smoking Issue

Smoking Map 1

Introduction This week, we (the Quest Editorial Board) invited members of the community to submit letters to the editors on smoking policy and culture. We received letters from students, faculty, staff, and alumni young and old. These letters can be found below, along with maps depicting the footprints of potential smoking policies. We also wrote reviews of […]

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Letter: “A Problem of Enforcement”

I’m an alumnus, so my views and facts may be out of date. That said, the smoking problem as I saw it was never a matter of policy but instead a problem of enforcement. When I was at Reed smoking went from matter-of-fact in the pool hall, to becoming something that was not done in […]

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Letter: “Reedies Are Capable of Changing Themselves”

The debate over smoking policy at Reed allows us to take one of two positions: we’re either for the establishment of a smoking policy that goes beyond the restrictions imposed by Oregon law, or we’re against the establishment of such a policy. Much of the debate, once it really heats up, will take place entirely […]

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