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Non-smoker wants right to choose back

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I understand that it is an individuals own choice whether or not they smoke cigarettes, but that choice has been taken away from me.

All my classes are held in the New Science building but one.

In the middle of the day I have ten minutes to get from the Science Center over to the Science and Technology building.

Then, after my class I have ten minutes to get back. This is not an easy feat in and of itself. To add to this, I have asthma.

At this point changing class is getting difficult. Each time I have to go to this class I have to walk through the middle of campus.

I pass through the second hand smoke and exhaled chemicals of easily 40 people.

If you know anything about asthma you understand that there goes the rest of my usable oxygen. I get to pant/and or wheeze all the way across campus, then all the way back.

In one day I would estimate that I get to inhale 1 or 2 cigarettes. My breathing is getting worse by the day and I have had several upper respiratory problems.

I choose not to smoke. I have no use for it. I don’t tell anyone not to smoke, so why must I be made to smoke?

I’m sure we could come up with a viable plan that would allow you to smoke and me to breath, if we try.

If there were designated smoking areas then I could avoid you and you me. It’s not that I don’t like you, it’s that I like to breath more.

I don’t want to tell anyone what they should do, but they are deciding for me.

As a non-smoker, I’D LIKE MY RIGHT TO CHOOSE BACK!

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