Q & A with student smoker

Dylan Haviland – General Assignment Reporter

Callun Price is currently a junior film and media major at Southern Connecticut State University.  Cullen hales from Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, and is one of the many smokers on campus who may be affected by the smoking ban.

When did you first start smoking?

“When I came to the country.”

Where did you come from?


What made you come here though?

“Kind of interested in the culture, people and you know I always kind of liked America so I thought it would be a cool thing to do.”

What’s smoking like over there, is it a lot more popular in the UK?

“There’s a bit of stigma to it, like there’s not too many people who are cool with it or a few people who have a very negative attitude towards it.  Mostly we are pretty live and let live about it so there are only a few people who properly stand up against it.”

So what would you think if Southern put a smoking ban?

“I’m not too sure about that.  So there would be no smoking on the campus?”

Yeah, there will be no smoking zones or anything.

“I think they can definitely try and do something like that.  I’m not sure how many people would follow that cause I’m sure there would be people walking up and down campus still smoking, regardless you still find cigarette butts around the campus.  They’ll find somewhere else to do it.”

Anyone in your family smokes?

“Nope…ah, well my grandmother.”

Your grandmother smokes?

“She secretly smokes, she tries to hide it from the rest of us but we all know she’s not very good at hiding it.”

How long have you been smoking for?

“I would say about four months.”

Do you think you’re gonna continue smoking for a while?

“Nah, I think I’ll probably kick the habit when I go home.  I mostly do this to relax, it’s just kind of a stress thing.”

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