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Good intentions pave the way for a cigarette-littered path. Does Stony Brook want less smokers? Obviously it’s just healthier, but banning them outright is just fucking dumb. It’s dumb because it doesn’t work, not every smoker will quit just because it’s a tiny bit inconvenient. Actually, it’s not inconvenient for the smoker, it’s inconvenient for the janitors who pick them up, the squirrels who eat them, and even the non-smokers who have to step over them. The smokers just dump the butt on the ground, rather than dumping it in the trays that used to be on campus. Banning smoking may have sounded good on paper, but it falls apart in practice. Once the initial plan was put in place a few people may have quit smoking, but for the most part it got worse because the smokers just lost the one place where they could dump out their butts.…

Fifteen student volunteers spent two hours scouring the ground, collecting more than 5 pounds of white and tan cigarettes that littered the grass and sidewalks across Stony Brook University’s campus. Their efforts are part of a new campaign to reduce the amount of cigarette litter on campus grounds, improperly discarded by smokers. Madiha Saeed, a senior double-major in psychology and art, started this program last year as part of her peer-education internship at the Center for Prevention and Outreach. She and Taylor Medwig, a senior majoring in biochemistry and health science, “act as student liaisons promoting student health,” according to Saeed. Saeed started the event last year to help clean up after cigarettes were discarded everywhere but the proper disposal units placed around campus. “I was walking to class and noticed all of the areas where large amounts of smoking occurred, there were tons and tons of cigarette litter,” Saeed…