Monday, March 23, 2009

The rights conflict...

3 conflicting rights

–Right of personal property
  • JHU's Homewood Campus is a privately owned and funded property. While students do pay tuition, is their choice to attend the university and are thus bound by it's regulations and policies.
–Right to smoke
  • The Public Health Institute's Technical Assistance Legal Center has published a statement that there is no constitutional right to smoke.

–Right to life/health

  • The right to life is fundamental to U.S. citizens. It is the responsibility of all citizens to not impede upon another's well-being. There is significant evidence that over 50,000 deaths of nonsmokers are attributed to secondhand smoke each year.

It is the opinion of Hopkins Kicks Butts that one’s right to life and health trumps another’s decision to smoke.

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