As a student of Ulster County Community College, I have noticed a number of indiscretions involved with this law, and feel they must be addressed and negotiated upon. I feel that this law impedes most heavily upon students of colleges and universities. The law was enacted on June 2, a measly week after the semester ended, in order to dispel any sort of resistance to the law. I consider this to be a very underhanded method of enactment; the majority of citizens this law effects are unaware and unhindered by the law for a nearly a full three months, yet if the law were to be enacted on say, September first, the second week of school, protestation would be heated and severe. Secondly, the vast majority of students in colleges and universities in Ulster county are above the age of eighteen, and the presence of children about campus is scarce at best, dispelling Section 1, item 2 of Local Law Number 9, which, "Acknowledges the need of non-smokers, especially children, to breathe smoke free air,recognizing the danger to public health which second hand smoking causes." The choice, by mature adults, to smoke, is theirs, and theirs alone. Legislation by a panel of elected officials is never going to change this, and as such, our opinions and choices should be respected and considered. Thirdly, I can comfortably make the statement, based on direct interaction and discussion, that majority of the population of teachers and professors, all accredited with either Masters or Doctorates in their respective fields, are opposed to the smoking ban, as they are not at all tempted to face the task of instructing a population of students who may be distracted for any reason. Albeit, in this instance, the distraction may be caused due to factors that involve nicotine addiction, yet as tobacco is a perfectly legal and socially acceptable drug, this distraction seems absolutely unnecessary. Lastly, and, incidentally, the point that I feel most strongly about, the smoking ban has stripped from the campuses all of the ashtrays and cigarette butt receptacles. As a result of this, and the de facto reality that students, teachers, and staff of our schools will ultimately scoff at this law, my campus will, inevitably, be littered and marred by countless numbers of cigarette butts thrown on the ground, cultivating and exacerbating an unsavory and disgusting environment, that I, as a student, detest to witness. My plan of action, thus far, is to rally students and teachers in order to form a coalition of like minded individuals geared toward a solution founded in negotiation and respect for students, teachers, and non-smokers alike, that strives to find a middle ground, and seeks the implementation of designated smoking areas throughout the colleges and universities within Ulster county.