As an off-shoot of another thread that mentions several schools where smokers were a big turn-off while visiting campus, I guess I feel a need to comment or question about this. FWIW, we were completely turned off by smokers on the Vassar campus during our visit in 2014 and just this past weekend I had to endure a group of smokers just under my D's apartment window at her school. She said they congregate there, just outside their apartment door, on a regular basis and the smoke lifts up into her room, which is disturbing to her, not to mention the late night noise when they are congregating at the end of a night. When we were leaving her room I noticed the ash trays at this area and they were gross.
So, anyways, I was a very heavy smoker, starting at 15 (1976) and quit 20 years ago this Thanksgiving Day when D was 9 months old. All my friends smoked in high school, we had a smoking station where it was allowed during the school day with a permit. Many of us smoked right up until 15 or 20 years ago but there's only a handful that haven't been able to quit their habit.
That being said, none of us have kids who smoke. My kids don't have any friends who smoke. Its rare to see high school kids around here smoking. I presume its because there's been so much information for the past several decades, the rise of age to purchase cigs, and certainly smoking carries a stigma today. There is also the logistics....no smoking in MA restaurants or on public grounds and OMDG, $10+ per pack? Smoking is pretty much frowned upon these days.
Why is it that so many college aged kids are smoking? And these are top LACs so they are bright kids, smart enough to know better. When are they starting? I just don't get it.