I wholeheartedly support it.
I could see why there could be students and other people who would be against this. After all, this is a state university. This is not a private university, and therefore, the administration should not insist on its faculty, students, and staff to follow certain rules, like adhering to some Code of Conduct.A state university should be by all means democratic, following the wishes of the taxpayer.
Smoking is also in a way, a personal right. If people reason this way, then yes, one has the right to kill oneself. I totally understand that argument. So, if I choose to buy a pack of cigarettes and kill myself slowly but sweetly, then nobody should stop and prevent me. I have the right to breathe, I also have the right to terminate my breathing.
I am a non-smoker.
Thus, no matter how hard people argue for their right to die, no matter how hard people argue for their right to suck 4,000 different types of chemicals and have them bond to the oxygen molecules in their lungs, no matter how arguing for those rights is indeed a statement of personal choice of which I am an advocate of, I would never argue for the right to kill another person just because you want to kill yourself as well.
Both the American Lung Association and the National Cancer Institute have published the dangers of secondhand smoke. There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. Thus, if smokers are exercising their right to kill themselves, I am also exercising my right to live. And if my university will go smoke-free starting next semester, I will support it.
Some people argue that a total ban on smoking, including buildings, parking lots, and open spaces is incredulous. They say that this ban was unilaterally passed, and is a violation of personal choice, since after all, smoking is not illegal. Yes, smoking is not illegal, but killing other people is. It may be a personal choice for the smoker to blacken their lungs, but it is never a personal choice for the other person inhaling that smoke that the smoker just exhaled after a joint.