Should the people decide to ban smoking from public places? Today people smoke and don’t realize of their surroundings. People who smoke are inconsiderate of those who don’t smoke. Don’t non-smokers have the right not to be secondhand smokers? Smoking can do lots of harm to the person smoking as well as the nonsmoker. A person inhaling or smelling smoke will have the same effect as if they were smoking; this would be considered as secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke can be very harmful for a person or child who has asthma and create health problems such as lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease.
This is why I agree to ban smoking in public places so that nonsmokers and children can have a good health. Secondhand smoke has lead to many deaths in children and adults who don’t smoke. In the 2006 US Surgeon General’s report reached some important conclusions: “Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of sudden infant syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma. (American Cancer Society). Smoking by parents causes breathing (respiratory) symptoms and slows lung growth in their children. “The scientific evidence shows that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. ” (American Cancer Society). Some people believe that banning smoking in public will encourage parents to smoke in their homes and around their children. It will cause parents to drink more and become alcoholics creating more health problems. The odor of stale cigarettes can be very unpleasant to many people. The lingering smell tends to stay on your clothes and hair so it takes long for it to fade even after a night out.
According to the American Cancer Society, “Some researchers call this “third hand” smoke. ” Some people believe that putting a ban on smoking in public places will put many bars, clubs out of business. Businesses will lose out on their sales from selling tobacco and their customers going. It’s where adults go to socialize and people work that has little work experience. However, “researchers have now proven that these settled-out particles can form more cancer-causing compounds.A ban would encourage many people to smoke less or stop smoking.
Smokers would have to step outside in the cold, wet weather while their friends and family are inside. If a person starts smoking less than their peers may be able to smoke less and perhaps stop. People say they have a right to smoke and there is no law to say they can’t smoke anymore. Patrons pay high taxes in their healthcare for being a smoker so they are unlikely to stop from being addicted to nicotine. However, in many states the government pays a certain percentage for treating smoking-related diseases so they should have a right to discourage smoking.
Smoking should be banned once and for all in public areas. Smoking affects our society negatively through health risks to others especially in children, environmental problems, and economic problems. There is no reason to smoke cigarettes and doing so does not benefit anyone in any way. Smoking in public is the same as driving drunk because it endangers innocent lives that choose not to participate in this reckless behavior. The only difference is that with smoking the affects are not visible right away causing long term affects.
Banning smoking in public will increase the quality of life and will better society as a whole. Think before you light up a cancer stick! Bibliography Christine, John Friedman. “Economix. ” Should Cities Ban Smoking in Public Places? ,November 11, 2008. This website was about the consequences of smoking and what it can do to peoplewho do not smoke. It gave many reasons of why it should be banned and whypeople shouldn’t smoke. I didn’t use this article because i felt it didn’t have tomuch information that i needed. Peters, Sandy and Thomas.