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Why smoking in public places should be banned

Updated on December 4, 2008

Second hand smoking is more than a nuisance

 

My cousin died three years ago from second hand smoking. Her fault? Working in an office full of smokers. The smokers are still around, she is dead after being bedridden with a pitiful, metastasizing and deadly lung cancer.

My answer to the debate if smoking in public places should be allowed comes loud and clear. Smoking should not only be prohibited but rather strictly prohibited from any public place.

We live in a civilized world where any harm done to another person will result with a penalty. Lets look at it this way, a man is driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Everybody knows that his driving is potentially going to injure or kill an innocent on the street. So what happens? Due to the danger involved, driving under the influence is prohibited and stiff penalties as a consequence will arise.

I know that smoking in public and driving under the influence are two different scenarios, but after all what are the differences? The drunk driver may cause a crash and injure or kill immediately, the second hand smoker may cause cancer and injure or kill, but only years later. Timing is the only difference, as they are both iffy circumstances, the driver may cause a crash, the smoker may cause cancer. There is irresponsibility and disregard for others in both instances.

Now thinking of it, I am pretty sure my cousin would have rather died swiftly in a car accident rather than seeing her body deteriorate before her eyes.

After all, if we think of it, who allows smoking in public places? Just a handful of greedy employers-(maybe smokers themselves)- and business owners that only care about making money and care less about other people's well being.

While more and more public places are proudly prohibiting smoking there are still a few places that are far away from doing this.

An example are pubs and discos. They still have that suffocating, cloudy appearance which I personally, cannot bear. If I should decide to go, I will return home hoarse and with bloody red, irritated eyes. I have come to the point of no longer going. The owners of such businesses are greedy and careless.

The cause of pubs and disco owners' reluctance to ban smoking may be related to the fact that for some reason smokers seem to gather heavily in these places.

What these business owners are unaware of is the fact that even if smoking should be prohibited, chances are the smokers may return, leaving their cigarettes at home.

Airlines have prohibited smoking for many decades and smokers continue to fly and the airline companies continue to strive. I have never heard of smokers not traveling because of the non smoking factor. I am sure they are annoyed, but they are able to sit and cope with their abstinence issues rather stoically.

Smoking after all, is not necessary for our survival, it is worthless, however, some people seem to need to inhale a cigarette with the same urge a non -smoker needs to breath oxygen.

Smoke is a killer and should be treated accordingly. It's like a man approaching you with a ticking bomb. A countdown to doom...

Public places must realize the risks that second hand smokers pose to the public. They must put aside their greed and understand its lethal consequences.

Smokers on the other hand must understand that sometimes the best place to put the cigarette is in the ashtray and kiss the butt goodbye......

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      Roze Caul 5 years ago

      yes!! i also agree strongly because, yes i get that they have a right, but at the same time someone shouldn't have to suffer because of someone elses selfish CHOICES!!!! I'm doing a report on the banning of smoking and i have learned a lot about the other point of veiw but i still strongly agree. I'm in middle school and i've been to a lot of places that traps me in the never ending clod of smoke!

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      gay boi 5 years ago

      s moking is dumb

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      Mac 6 years ago

      Tobacco lobbyist in DC are very strong and they buy our puppets in office!!

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      Shwetha Shetty 6 years ago

      I agree with you. Smoking is not only dangerous for a smoker but also the public around him/her.

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      naturalsolutions 6 years ago

      It should be banned in any public place. It is very risky because the second hand smoke is often more dangerous. Even a regular smoker feel so irritate when they smell a secondhand smoke.

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      sapatha 6 years ago

      Indeep smoking is a bad behave for not only smoker but also people live with them,tobacco makes many serious diseases so why stop smoking now????

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Terrific hub. My condolences to you for the loss of your cousin. My response to people who claim they should have the right to smoke anywhere is that their rights end at the point their actions infringe on another person's rights. And what is a more basic right than to live? And breathe uncontaminated air?

      The information about the dangers of secondhand smoke has been given to people for decades now, but there are still addicted smokers who try to justify their addiction. If they're hurting themselves only, that's one thing. But I feel so sorry for the poor children growing up (often with asthma or other respiratory problems) in a smoke-filled home. At least some smokers make the effort to go outdoors and not pollute their family's environment. And I realize that a lot of people want to stop smoking, but the addiction has them by the throat--literally.

      Jaye

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Am in agreement with every thing you said in this hub,This particular hub of yours should be published and posted to different sites for all to read and learn form.Thanks for a good and wonderful article like this which i will never regret reading.

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      ajay 6 years ago

      once upon a time there was a man he drink drink

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      joleenruffin 6 years ago from Tracy, CA

      I love living in California. Everywhere is smoke-free. When you come across someone smoking in public, people look at them like they're some kind of freak. When I visit other states and someone lights up at a table next to me, I am reminded of how lucky we are in California.

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      enterthehole 7 years ago from Hertfordshire, England.

      I do agree with you that non smokers should never have to breath someone else's smoke. There is the hypocrisy though of car engines, which throw out more harmful substances in an hours use than a heavy smoker would puff out in a month.

      If we used the same logic then all cars should be banned from public places (the roads) as they are causing deaths to non-drivers. It's no different. The non-car user has no choice but to breath that poisonous air when a car goes by.

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      Dawn Michael 7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      I could not agree more!!! What they have come up with at the airports is great, they have a little glass room and all the smokers go into it, you can see it from the outside, all the people stuffed in the smoke filled room, they should make one on every other corner and if someone wants to smoke they just go into the room and puff away...lol

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      satyarevathy raj 7 years ago

      me too strongly agree that smoking in public places should be banned...smoking is really a bad habit which caused by addiction.....those who studied science should know why it is very well...therefore,early steps have to be taken to discourage people to smoke...

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      Atish Nischal 7 years ago

      Here's my take on smoking. Not only is it addictive, but it's damaging to everyone around the smoker, as well. So you end up in a situation where, not only do the breathers of the second hand smoke have no choice, but the smokers themselves have no choice because of decisions they made in the past, leaving them addicted! Often times those decisions go back to well before adult-hood, where it's socially accepted that they're not even capable of making those decisions.

      If you were to introduce something like smoking into society today...put it on the shelves, with huge warnings about how you're basically committing suicide in a truly grotesque fashion, and let the world know you're also killing those around you, it would never find a buyer. The only reason it does today is because human see, human do...

      Do I think smoking should be legal in your own home? Sure, but so should every other illegal drug, in my opinion. Unless you have kids.

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      Debarshi Dutta 7 years ago from Calcutta

      Smoking is the very best thing that ever happened to Man..And all Men who smoke have a singular relationship with their Cigarettes for which they consciously pay with their health and all the restrictions and bans and high cost of tobacco.

      Look at it this way. No One says Pornography should be banned from our lives..from the internet and wherever it finds expression to pollute our minds and behaviour ..but most are up in arms against smoking as it causes health-problems..So One who is morally sick is supposed to be more righteous and socially useful than a smoker who wants to ban pornography instead.

      So if law wants to come between the relationship of man with smoking with such vigour and justification...so it should against pornography..piracy, copyright-violation..etc etc.

      But I am sure..none will readily agree with me when banning pornography is concerned.

      We are a pure hypocritical breed who populate he planet..and we should never take ourselves seriously...we never do what is right..we do what is convenient.

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      sahar 7 years ago

      iam aloso agree about it smooking in the publick plece should be baeend becz of healt

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      Narnia Vermia 7 years ago

      I hate being second hand smokers! Unlike my 3 brothers who used to smoke in the house, I always complain and get myself out from home to avoid the smoke. It really harmful to lung and smell stinky.

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      Mike 7 years ago

      Thank you for introducing this paper to the world. I'm right alongside you. You also helped me write a paper on why smoking should be banned

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      noneofyourbuisness 7 years ago

      this article was a big help for my research paper. thanks!

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      bmtphoenix 7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Here's my take on smoking. Not only is it addictive, but it's damaging to everyone around the smoker, as well. So you end up in a situation where, not only do the breathers of the second hand smoke have no choice, but the smokers themselves have no choice because of decisions they made in the past, leaving them addicted! Often times those decisions go back to well before adult-hood, where it's socially accepted that they're not even capable of making those decisions.

      If you were to introduce something like smoking into society today...put it on the shelves, with huge warnings about how you're basically committing suicide in a truly grotesque fashion, and let the world know you're also killing those around you, it would never find a buyer. The only reason it does today is because human see, human do...

      Do I think smoking should be legal in your own home? Sure, but so should every other illegal drug, in my opinion. Unless you have kids.

      People who smoke around their children are worse than worthless.

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      Vasu 7 years ago

      Im doing a debate on why smoking should be banned and you have some very useful info here. thanks for the help and im souppourting you.

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      Nicqeua 8 years ago

      Im doing a report on how smoking should be banned and i agree very strongly that it it unfair to the people that have to suffer for other peoples dirty habits and faults.

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      BOBBY 8 years ago

      SMOKNG SHOULD BE BANNED !

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      jenny 8 years ago

      well that's to sad that ur cuzin died but you have my vote on smoking shold be banned from public places cuz it can cause many people to died even if they are not even smoking.....

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 years ago from USA

      Your input is actually very valid. Smokers need to have their own places as well of course!  I think these places should clearly state ''smoking allowed'' upon entering so non smokers know what to expect. My friends and I were often invited to parties  in pubs and we left with our eyes burning and told ourselves never again! However, smokers can even be courteous and head out a few minutes if they really must smoke. I know a few places that requires smokers to smoke outside and most smokers are very collaborative. Thanks for commenting!

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      C.Ferreira 8 years ago from Rutland, VT

      While I agree with you whole-heartedly that smoking should be banned in such public places like a workplace, airplanes/airports, and generally anywhere that people are obligated to be, I have to share my opinion on this matter which differs slightly.

      I don't think the government should be able to tell people what they can and cannot do to their own bodies, and I also don't think they should be able to tell a recreational (restaurants, bars, clubs) building how they have to operate.

      People don't have the option of not going to work and therefore smoking should be banned, but people do not have to go into an establishment that allows smoking. It is a simple choice to make....go in or go somewhere else. We can all find a place that suits our needs and desires, but is it really fair to the smokers to tell them they aren't allowed to smoke wherever they please even when the owner of the building says its okay?

      I don't think that it is. And for the record, I am a non-smoker.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 years ago from USA

      Sorry to hear that you and your family went through such an ordeal. Indeed, smoking in public places should be banned. if the smoker cares less about their health, fine, but they should not cause others to get sick because of their habits.

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      DAVID FRANK 8 years ago

      I AGREE WITH YOU THAT SECOND SMOKING IS VERY BAD. WHEN I WAS A CHILD, MY MOM JUST INGORED ME ALL THE TIME IN MANY YEARS. AS THE RESULT, SHE HAD A CANCER NOW AND BEGGED FOR MY HELP TO PAY THREE BEHIND MONTHS RENT AT HER RETIREMENT COMMUNITY APT. I DID HAVE TO TELL HER AND MY TWO COUSINS THAT I WERE JUST TIRED OF SMOKING AND DRINKING. PERIOD. THEY GOT PISSED OFF AT ME. THE COUSINS WONT TALK TO ME VIA EMAIL AGAIN. MY EXCELLENT POINT WAS SMOKING AND DRINKING WERE WORTHLESS. PERIOD. BE SMART NOT TO SMOKE AND DRINK. IF ANY INNOCENT PERSON NEVER SMOKES AND DRINK, THE PERSON GETS CANCER. THOSE DOCTORS WILL BE WILLING TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THAT INNOCENT PERSON. BUT NOT SMOKER AND DRINKER AT ALL. THOSE DOCTORS ARE TIRED OF THOSE SMOKERS AND DRINKERS TODAY. MANY COUNTRIES ARE GOING TO BAN SMOKING AND DRINKING.