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Second Hand Smoke - Breaths of Death

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I love nothing more than to stroll around the beautiful campus at State University. The scenery is breathtaking, especially with the promise of autumn about the air. During this particular time of the year, I find great enjoyment in taking a deep breath and inhaling the fragrant aroma of the surrounding nature. However, my enjoyment prematurely ends when the sudden smell of cigarette smoke engulfs me. Sound familiar? If you are a non-smoking student, this scene reflects everyday life on a smoking campus. Something must be done about this infringement upon non-smoker's rights. Is our health so meaningless as to be put at the mercy of carcinogens and toxins? I think not. Though State University provides non-smoking environments within university buildings, the campus itself is void of any means of protecting the well-being of non-smokers. Because second-hand smoke is so dangerous, serious measures must be taken to protect the non-smoker from critical health problems.

Surprisingly enough, the average individual has no idea how harmful second-hand smoke actually is. Why is that? ...

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Keller, Travis. Personal interview. 21 Sept. 1998.

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