The University of Kentucky tobacco ban takes effect Nov. 19. This means that no one on the university campus can use ANY tobacco product. This week, the effort took another step toward the absurd. A loophole was found in UK’s ban proposal: jurisdiction for the ban ends at the city sidewalks. So, if you wanted to smoke you could simply step off the campus grass and onto a city sidewalk and light up.
Not surprisingly, UK asked the city council to extend its jurisdiction to the city sidewalks for this ban. Why, you ask? It’s simple! We can’t have throngs of rabid and addicted students and faculty running to the sidewalks in between classes to enjoy a smoke. Simply unacceptable.
Perhaps UK should consider getting jurisdiction over the streets bordering the sidewalks. It would be very easy for smoke to float from the street on to the sidewalk or even the campus!
But wait! We may as well go ahead and include the opposite sidewalk because there will be a lot of students and faculty walking there too.
Let’s just make it easy. Let’s just say no smoking within a five-mile radius of campus. That seems reasonable right?
Why go to so much trouble to ban something that is legal?