University of Limerick’s entire campus is to be designated smoke and vape free from Friday.
The university had introduced extensive no smoking/vaping zones throughout the campus last September.
But this Friday June 1, all UL campuses will be designated entirely smoke and vape free.
Seeing as all indoor spaces are already “smoke free” then this presumably applies only to open air areas?
UL President, Professor Desmond Fitzgerald, said “This is a major step towards a healthier campus. I hope it will help those who want to quit smoking and also help prevent incoming students from taking up the habit.”
I fail to see how it’s going to lead to a healthier campus but never mind.
What about those who don’t want to quit?
“As a former smoker, I know how addictive nicotine is and how tough it is to stop smoking. I’m sure current smokers will struggle with this, but I also know that they do not want to see others start and that their sacrifice will save lives.”
Ah! One of those fucking smug bastards who gave up and is now filled with the virtuous zeal – a convert who is now a virulent anti-smoker. He is going to “save lives” by eliminating an almost undetectable breath of smoke or vapour in the open air. And he’s a university president? God help the standard of education in Limerick.
He told the UL community: “Your support for this initiative will ensure a healthier campus for all of the UL community and for our visitors.”
One very simple question for the professor – how will it make the place healthier?
He said UL’s student health centre will provide supports to students who wish to cease smoking/vaping and refer as appropriate to the relevant HSE primary care smoking cessation provider.
The HR department will direct UL staff who wish to cease smoking/vaping to the appropriate primary health care HSE smoking cessation programmes, he said.
I repeat – what about those who don’t want to quit? Many find smoking enjoyable, relaxing and an aid to concentration and the latter, I would have thought, would be desirable in an educational institute? I wonder what he would have done about Albert Einstein?
“University of Limerick aims to create a healthier, smoke free and vape free environment for its employees, students, contractors and visitors.”
And it is doing so by introducing a token gesture that will have zero affect on anyone’s health.
“Vaping includes the use of electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic pipes or other such electronic delivery systems intended to simulate smoking, whether they deliver a nicotine dose or not,” Prof Fitzgerald said.
No nicotine? Someone sticking something in their mouths that produces harmless vapour without even any nicotine in it is somehow injurious to health? The fact that this comes from a so called learned man is quite astounding.
How did the human race sink so low?