Students must write an essay in response to the prompt below. The essay must be 750-1000 words in length and must also contain a bibliography of works cited. Make sure that your paper actually cites everything listed in the bibliography, and make sure that your bibliography lists every source that you utilize when writing your paper. At a minimum, your bibliography must include the relevant reading(s).
Consider the smoking policy here at UCSD. Visit the links below to learn about the policy:
As a proponent of the Harm Principle, what would John Stuart Mill say about this policy? Would he find it acceptable or unacceptable, and why? For this paper, argue for your position on how Mill would respond to UCSD’s smoking policy. Make sure to clearly state (1) what the Harm Principle says and (2) your position/thesis on how Mill would respond to UCSD’s smoking policy as a proponent of this principle, and then defend your position by explaining why you think that Mill would respond in the way that you claim that he would. Try to be imaginative when it comes to policy options. UCSD’s current policy is a smoking ban—no one can smoke anywhere on school grounds. At the opposite extreme is a policy that allows people to smoke anywhere they want on school grounds, even inside of buildings. These are extreme policy options (nothing goes vs. anything goes), but they are hardly the only two that we have. What other policy options might lie in between these two extremes? Mill’s response to UCSD’s current policy will depend on the policy options that are available. If there were only the two extreme options, then he might favor the one that UCSD has in fact adopted. But if there are more than these two options, then he might favor something else over UCSD’s current policy and therefore reject that current policy. Mill is a strong advocate for individual liberty along with appropriate restrictions on such liberty, so he will favor the policy that does the best job of simultaneously restricting liberty to an appropriate degree and protecting the liberty that we should have.