The Freshman Dean's Office knows it, the staff knows it and you know it: smoking is addictive, harmful and annoying. Quit equivocating on our smoking policy and take the hard line. Harvard should not allow smoking anywhere on its property.
The staff recognizes the dangers and nuisances of smoking. They appreciate the need to isolate the living quarters of smokers from non-smokers. They are simply afraid to take the next step and say smoking is wrong because it enslaves and destroys the body.
Harvard, acting in loco parentis, should make this judgment. It should forbid smoking by all individuals on Harvard property, for their own sake and for the sake of those around them. If students or employees want to smoke, they can go to public property. If this is too inconvenient, maybe they will break a destructive habit.