Life as a smoker at APU

Spencer Rickman PHOTO Sophomores Spencer Rickman and Andrew Dong enjoy each other’s company whilst smoking pipe tobacco.

Spencer Rickman PHOTO
Sophomores Spencer Rickman and Andrew Dong enjoy each other’s company whilst smoking pipe tobacco.

Contrary to the presumption that with a non-smoking campus comes non-smoking students, APU houses a smoking culture that is unseen to many. This is largely due to the negative connotation that smoking has throughout campus.

Some students agree that APU should continue being a non-smoking campus due to the health risks and discomfort level of other students.

“I like that people aren’t always smoking around me because I know many people that hate the smell of tobacco smoke,” said sophomore theology major Spencer Rickman, who smokes pipe tobacco.

A junior English major who wished to remain anonymous said that although smoking is a health risk, the no-smoking rule encourages people to shun smokers.

“I know people who smoke who are amazing students, but it’s a habit that they picked up in the past and have continued doing,” she said. “Smokers just tend to get a really bad reputation, and people assume the worst of you.”

The English major argued that students who smoke are excluded from the community.

“Smoking obviously has a bad reputation because it is unhealthy and addicting,” she said. “At the same time, we are a campus of love and care for one another, where we shouldn’t be judgmental. When people around me say, ‘Oh, I hate smokers,’ I don’t speak up because I don’t feel like I can.”

However, this is not the case with all smokers.

“Because not a lot of people smoke at APU, when I do find people that do smoke, it’s not a huge deal,” Rickman said. “Being a smoker hasn’t affected me that much.”

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