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Smoking should be banned in ALL public places

Updated on August 23, 2017

Here's What I Think

Smoking should be banned in all public places.

A smoker's (poor) choice should not affect the health of others.

Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of toxic chemicals including arsenic ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, benzene, and vinyl chloride. It is known to cause cancer, coronary heart disease, and respiratory problems. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Non smokers should not be subjected to this disgusting habit.

Wanting to ban smoking in public places isn't about taking away a smoker's rights. You will still have the right to smoke in your own space. The right to slowly and deliberately harm others was never yours to begin with.

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Smoking should be banned in all public places.
Indoors and out.

February is American Heart Month!

American Heart Month was started in 1963 to raise awareness of heart disease and encourage everyone to take steps to help prevent it.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US.

Secondhand smoke is estimated to cause between 22,700 to 69,600 premature deaths from heart disease annually among nonsmokers.

What do you think of Electronic Cigarettes?

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Unlike the typical cigarette, an E-Cigarette releases a cloud of water vapor instead of smoke.

Tragic Death

Feb. 2008: First reported case of an immediate death caused by second-hand smoke.

A young asthmatic woman collapsed and died shortly after arriving for her shift as a waitress at a bar in Michigan. The autopsy showed that she died from an acute asthma attack triggered by work-related environmental tobacco smoke.

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Smoking Bans in the US

This is the introduction to a Wikipedia article. Click the link below to find a list of smoking bans for restaurants, bars, and non-hospitality workplaces sorted by State.

The following is a list of smoking bans in the United States. For smoking bans and restrictions outside the United States, see the worldwide list of smoking bans.

The United States Congress has not attempted to enact any nationwide federal smoking ban. Therefore, smoking bans in the United States are entirely a product of state and local criminal and occupational safety and health laws.

As further detailed in this list, smoking laws vary widely throughout the United States...

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World Wide Smoking Bans

This is a list of smoke-free ordinances, sometimes colloquially known as 'smoking bans', by country. Smoke-free ordinances bans are public policies, including criminal laws and occupational safety and health regulations, which prohibit tobacco smoking in workplaces and/or other public spaces. Legislation may also define smoking as more generally being the carrying or possessing of any lit tobacco product.

Albania
A law went into effect on 30 May 2007 restricting smoking in closed public areas and outlawing the advertisement of tobacco, although the measure has reportedly been poorly enforced.

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"Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool?"

- George Carlin

The Smoking Debate on Squidoo

While it's home was on Squidoo, this page was chosen as Lens of the Day on February 12th 2008.


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      dennispowens 3 years ago

      In NYC, it's very difficult to walk on the streets of midtown Manhattan or other busy parts of the city without walking though clouds of cigarette smoke. Outside bars, it is especially troublesome. I look forward to a time when this is not a part of daily reality.

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      Tricia Deed 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      No smoking in public arenas. Smoke in private areas. As a nonsmoker is has been a blessing not to take in smoke while eating at a restaurant. But at the same time I do respect a person's right to smoke if that is what they want to do. Family members and visitors to our home are allowed to smoke outdoors, but not in the house. In our household nonsmokers have paid the price in negative health problems resulting from inhaling exhaled smoke from smokers.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      In the Netherlands smoking is banned in all public places including night clubs, cafes, etc. And that is a good thing! Great Lens, wishing everyone smoke free breathing!

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      I would be a candidate for instant death from second-hand smoke. I go into violent coughing fits in response to certain tobacco smoke. I don't have an opinion on e-cigs at this point: not enough experience to know. One time, I was in the office of an elected official who was a heavy cigar smoker. He had a huge ionizer in the room, and I couldn't smell a thing. However, I suspect ionizers cause smoking products to be deposited in the lungs, because it causes them to be deposited everywhere else. I went to one restaurant where they had a smoking section right next to a non-smoking section with nothing separating them, but I couldn't smell anything. I have NO idea how they accomplished that. I have been literally driven from restaurants where smoking was permitted in a neighboring room. In exchange for the inconvenience of having to wait 5 minutes and go to the car to smoke, people want to allow conditions that might mean a traveler wouldn't get anything to eat at all. That endangers himself and the others who share the road with him. People don't think about how very much hardship can be imposed when smoking is allowed. If people don't want to smoke outside, they can go to their cars. I am so glad we have a statewide ban now, and I will watch carefully what other states I visit.

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      donnaelder 4 years ago

      Smoking is one of the causes of air pollution.

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Great lens but I don't agree with you

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      I quit smoking "again" 3 months ago, but I still say that smokers have a right to smoke as much as non-smokers have a right not to. In California people have gone crazy with the banning smoking, even to the extent of trying to ban it in your own apartment. Not sure if that is state wide, or a city thing, but to me that is like the failed Prohibition!

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      tkeiser 4 years ago

      @terri-jacobs: I agree. Completely made up BS.

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens "Smoking should be banned in ALL public places" - i quit smoking 15+ years ago and never looked back

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      If I were a smoker I wouldn't mind having to smoke either at home or in 'smoking shed' type buildings. I would be considerate of those who didn't want to breathe my toxins. I am NOT a smoker though. I'm not into slow suicide or wasting my hard earned cash on a dumb addiction. I LOVED your lens.

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      grahamlewislive 4 years ago

      In the uk smoking is banned. Also when I was in Dubai it is banned in shopping malls but in nightclubs and bars people can still smoke. It was like a death trap....I couldn't breathe!

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      Metalpriest 4 years ago

      Smoking should be banned Everywhere! Awesome lens!

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      Irrevocable 5 years ago

      I really love your George Carlin quotation! I am torned on this issue. I would happy for it to be banned everywhere because I hate smoking. I hate when I am sitting on a bench and someone sits next me and their smoke just blows in my space. I used to suffer from asthma and anything triggered it. I also don't like smoking around children and it annoys me that some parents smoke in their homes and give their children health issues as a result. Having said that I am not sure if its the right thing to do to completely ban it.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      On general principle, I agree with you; and I'm not a smoker and not an advocate of the habit. I do think that we have to be cautious about what we pick and choose to legislate, especially because so many public places are also open, outdoor places with sufficient ventilation. Plus, our whole country is also addicted to fat and sugar; I don't see a ban coming on fast food chains, Little Debbie, Willy Wonka, or the entire state of Wisconsin for fatty, salty cheeses any time soon. Yet one could make a strong argument that bad foods are as much a drain on the health of common Americans as smoking, drinking, or texting while driving. If we legislate one, we need to begin legislating all, and that's a hairy, complicated, expensive, and very personal ordeal.

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      MimayManalo 5 years ago

      Bravo! Super like it.Tobacco use is the major cause of premature death and disease worldwide.Smoking affects the population in many ways and smoking puts a financial burden on society.. For all the smokers out there please practice yourself to stop smoking. Please!

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      adragast24 5 years ago

      Nice lens, thanks for making it. I can see it is a quite huge debate with animated comments from both sides. Have you seen my "pranks for a good cause" lens? It also deals about smoking.

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      Kaizer 5 years ago

      It is point of debate. But smoking is worst habit, no doubt.

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I live in France, where people smoke everywhere including in restaurants and shops. Can't stand it!!When I was pregnant, I asked a woman to move outside with her cigarette, and she told me off because she was knocked up, too and thought I was being too sensitive :/

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      Soapmarked 5 years ago from TX

      While smoking is smelly and yucky for those of us not enjoying the cigarette, there are some studies showing second hand smoke doesn't contain enough of those bad toxins the smoker is inhaling to harm those of us not smoking. It's interesting, as I was also always taught that second hand smoke kills.

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      This Lens was just what I was looking for! Thanks for the useful info!

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      Some people will deny anything as long as it benefits them - that smoking is slow suicide, humanity influencing global warming, free guns lead to more crime, etc, etc. Good lens!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      The fact that people deny that smoking causes health problems is amazing to me. Power of denial I guess. Just ask a smoker who is being honest if they think smoking makes them feel worse. Great lens - Squid Angel Blessed.

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      I was so impressed with this lens that I included a link to it in the introduction to my lens about a total ban on smoking.

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I think that people are still not aware that smoking is really bad for them and people around them. I hope a lot people will see this lens! *blessings*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Smokers' arguments and my counter-arguments:"You can hold your breath long enough to walk past me." A) Why should I have to hold my breath? You have the right to inhale that cigarette smoke, so why can't I be allowed to inhale the fresh air that I want to? B)What about when you're standing at a bus stop smoking and the twenty people around you are forced to stand there and smell it? Are we going to hold our breath then?"Just a little bit of smoke won't hurt you" As a matter of fact, it will. I'm asthmatic and even the slightest amount of smoke is extremely dangerous to me. So ignore how much danger you're putting yourself in, you're threatening my life too."There are worse things out there like alcohol and marijuana" Well marijuana is illegal for a reason and you can't be harmed by alcohol because someone nearby is drinking it."Electronic cigarrettes aren't dangerous" Not everyone uses them. Most people who pose the problem are the ones who still subject us to the harmful chemicals in actual cigarette smoke"It can't be that bad if it's legal" They are trying to make it illegal because it is in fact harmful. The only reason it is still legal is because it is a large source of money"You could just ask me to smoke it somewhere else" I have counted and asked 13 people in my life to please smoke somewhere away from my breathing area. 2 of them agreed without argument. 1 walked away after giving me a profane remark. 1 apologized and put it out immediately. The other 9 either ignored me or continued to smoke near me after expressing very clearly that they could smoke anywhere they want. So asking someone to smoke somewhere else almost never works without issue. 10 out of 13 people prove it."I'll smoke wherever I want to and you can't stop me" No I can't. Only you can stop yourself from being a selfish, ignorant person who is only worried about taking their next puff.

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      jeromeyoung 5 years ago

      I don't smoke so I would definitely support the no smoking rule! Great lens, this must be read by the people concerned.

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      terri-jacobs 5 years ago

      Pat says:There is not one shred of proof the secondhand smoke, a term unheard of 25 years ago, has killed a single nonsmoker. The CDC "estimates" of 50,000+ deaths a year are completely computer-generated guesses created by anti-smoking Nazis. Thanks Pat for your information on second hand smoke. I totally agree with you. From newborn to my 30's I was constantly exposed to "second hand" smoke. My grandpa smoked unfiltered cigarettes 3 packs a day around me. My daddy smoked around me constantly too. My grandpa lived to be 69 and he died with no health problems. He was murdered. I am fine and no repurcussions from 2nd hand smoke. I rest my case.

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      terri-jacobs 5 years ago

      After reading this article and the posts thereafter. I also read all the advertisements to quit smoking fixes, humidifiers,etc. So this person that wrote this is a professional in the anti-smoking business and will benefit from non-smokers. Hum it seems to me that more & more of America Government is trying to take over our lives & control every aspect of it. Not too long ago there were smoking ads in magazines, newspapers, tv & radio. Now present day they are telling us that smoking is bad, fast food is bad, steak is bad on & on. Don't eat, don't drink, don't breathe...It's really funny to me that alcohol is still exceptable in this country. Politicans drink, business men women drink, 90% of americans drink. It not only is encouraged it is still endorsed on billboards, tv, newspapers, magazines etc.. Lots & lots of money to be gained in the alcohol industry. Alcohol drinking causes cirrohis of the liver, addiction, alcohol withdrawal can kill you. Smoking withdrawal does not kill you. Non-smokers have failed to realize that smoking IS LEGAL! It's not illegal to smoke inside & outside. It depends where you go inside as to whether you can smoke or not. As far as I am concerned you can toot your horn on articles written toward non-smokers all you want. We smokers are still gonna smoke no matter what is said or written. SO GET OVER IT & LEAVE US ALONE!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      re-submitted 11th May 2012;Christene, I have no intention of counting nor take issue with it, but I suspect your 500 more is somewhat exaggerated - I estimate the opposite. You say; ... the ones opposed are long winded. suggests that the yes side comments are brief, simple and to the point, requiring little thought or intellect. Do you understand the techniques of public relations or to give its original name, propaganda? Here is a brief lesson in how to make propaganda work - from the original experts;All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach. Make the lie big, make it SIMPLE, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. (Adolf Hitler)The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over(Joseph Goebbels)Of course, there is much more to propaganda than these quotes, but do they sound familiar? Look at all the yes comments and you will find they are all centered around very few limited points, with a few cosmetic variations, repeated over and over. How many of these yes comments do you think are from independent commentators Chris? You may not be surprised that the majority (if not all) are from those employed within the tobacco control movement with various vested interests (being on an anti-smoker website makes this more likely). Ask them to unequivocally deny their connections if you think I am wrong? In case you were wondering, I do not hesitate to unequivocally deny any connection with any tobacco company.The recent massive resurgence in propaganda is not limited to anti-smoking, if you are a tad overweight or like the odd glass of wine, you are in the propagandists sights too;http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/follo... If you can identify propaganda when you see or hear it, then it will make you more inclined to ask yourself why it is being used or indeed why it NEEDS to be used.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens...Very interesting comments people have made on here and very opinionated! Good luck and thanks for sharing the info! :)P

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I recently made a trip through Northern California, Oregon, and Washington by car to visit a friend. It is only a 16 hour trip from the San Francisco area so on the way up I tried to do it all in one day. I was so tired the next day was a total bust so I stopped at a motel on my way back down. Silly me, I didnt make a reservation and had to go to several motels along highway 97 before I could find a room at all. By the time I found just one room I was so tired I just couldnt go any ferther. Unfortunately, the only room available was a smoking room. I took it against my better judgement. I opened all the windows and the door and left them open for as long as I was awake trying to air the room out so I could breathe. I guess I finally just got used to the smell and closed the doors and windows so I could turn on the room heater (I was cold, it had been raining all day). I used my own pillow and sleeping bag because the pillows and blankets in the room were saturated with smoke, and I finally fell asleep. The next morning I had a sore throat and my eyes felt like I had been swimming in a clorine pool all night with my eyes open. I was glad to be leaving the room and will probably never repete the mistake of not making reservations. I didnt notice it until I got home and tried to sleep on my favorite pillow but it smelled so bad that It could not be used. It was the same with the sleeping bag, the pajamas I wore and everything else that had been in that room with me encluding my suit case and purse. I was in that room about 10 hours and I have no Idea how much poison I was breathing all that time and how long this is going to affect me. I feel absolutely sick today and have to try and get that smell out of all my stuff. The point is, that smokers are not aware that they carry that smell around with them and leave it on everything they smoke around. Its not just for the time they are smoking in public, second hand smoke doesnt just "go away" when you put out your ciggerette smokers. Especially if you are smoking inside with all the doors and windows closed. It soakes into everything... and Kar351, I care... you deserve to be healthy, and so do I. We need to ban smoking in public places.

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      relish interiors 5 years ago

      @Hillbilly_Direct: Hey Hillbilly, I agree with most of your points (also a proud ex-smoker) but thought I would point out that smoking is only banned in your car in BC if there are children under 16 present. There is also no smoking in restaurant's outdoor patios which is great in my opinion. I hate in-haling someone's second hand smoke when I am eating or enjoying the summer with a cold beer! I hate walking down the road behind someone smoking, but at least I can stop, or slow down, or cross the street. As much as I hate smoke, I think it is a fine line to take away someone's rights (as disgusting as they are!) (It is also illegal to smoke within 3 meters of a business's door.)Great post Christine!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm a smoker. I know it is bad, I know it harms my health, I know all about that. Now should I be "banned" of public places from smoking? NO! Why? Because if I smoke, is because "someone" likes the money I spent. They do not care about me or my health. If they did, smoking were considered a illegal drug and it is not.I live in Portugal, and 2 years ago they passed a tobacco law that ban smoking in public places. For many years it was already prohibited smoking for example in hospitals. That I do agree and accept of course. But now, smoking was banned from shopping malls, restaurants, night clubs, etc. What happed? Massive protests to the government because people were losing money on commercial places. So, they decided to "bend" the law. Now it is possible to go to a restaurant and chose a smoking side or a no-smoking side... please... really? They do say that those places must have smoke extractors, but usually that do not help. No smokers still feel the smoke, the smell and still get their health damaged. Casinos, laws? Not going to happen, there is the sign of no smoking when you get in, but when I sit on some machine to play, everyone is smoking. This is a stupid argument, a stupid law. There are too much money involved in this. If the governments were really concerned about health damage because of smoking, then it should be a illegal drug. Not going to happen. Too much money to be made, too much money in taxes, oh and lets get the prices up because we are just a "drug addict" and we keep smoking.I respect the people that do not smoke, in my country, they want to make a law to ban smoking in our own cars when children's are traveling. I accept that, and even before this came to the light, I already did that. Whats next? No smoking in my car when I am alone because I can have an accident? Like talking on the phone? I do not need my hands to smoke.... (sorry for been ironic).This is a hard topic, in part I do understand, but then there is no respect for the people that CHOSE to smoke. Oh, and about the shopping malls, they decided to make this little spaces with extractors for smokers. They are not closed spaces but open spaces with tables and so on all pretty, around theres a small glass wall not much higher then me. When you get in the mall, you already smell the smoke. I could be on and on about this, but this is for comments and it is already too long.Sorry about that.Still, do not smoke, I tried quiting and it is very hard, I could not, and I got to be honest I do like smoking. I knew people that died at ages over 80 and they smoked all their life. What we eat and drink sometimes, is worst then that. Why is it that the average life spawn is decreasing in the new generations? Not for smoking, but for the junk we eat and drink everyday.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I smoked when I was younger and wish I hadnt. At 38 i got the big C and was lucky to survive....DONT SMOKE!

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      I smoked from the time I was 25 to 40. I have not smoked in the last 25 years. That does not mean that I have not wanted to -- there will always be that pull from the nicotine addiction. I quit and was amazed at how quickly my sense of smell returned. I can now smell when I get in a smokers car or house whether or not I have seen them smoking. It is not a pleasant smell. One of the things I hate the most is seeing an attractive person destroy much of that attractiveness by choosing to inflict smoke on their lungs and that obnoxious smell on their bodies.

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree.

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      I hate smoking...I've never smoked in my life and I never intend to. Not to mention the fact that smoking is a huge money-waster.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thing is you can't avoid smokers they are everywhere,some smokers go into public transport immediately after smoking their cigarettes so as a passenger you cant avoid the smell,others are walking in the streets while smoking,personally i like the morning fresh air but its unfortunate that there will always be someone to pollute it.Public smoking should be banned its not even debatable,it is clear that it causes harm to people what part of that fact do smokers not understand,,,if smokers want to puff their cigarettes fine! the government can build a dome- like structure,that is , in a secluded area where all windows and doors are closed so smokers can enjoy as much tobacco as they want.or if they want to smoke in their cars then fine ,they should make sure all the windows are closed so they could enjoy their tobacco..its clear they can't do without it.I think as people we should not just do something because it makes us feel good but there is a need to also think hard about our decisions,how they will affect other people ,especially if their health is at risk..... common sense

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good way to open debate on a controversial topic. nice lens.

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      candleandblue 5 years ago

      It is so interesting. People who do want to give up smoking should be supported.

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      Hillbilly_Direct 5 years ago

      good debate! I understand where you are coming from, but I don't think banning smoking outright is the answer. In BC, Canada, you can't smoke in your car, restaurants, bars, or any indoor public area. Further, many cities have banned smoking. On the one hand it makes sense, on the other don't we have bigger things that we should spend tax dollars on then enforcing this sort of law? I am a proud ex-smoker. I feel sorry for smokers now, as I fully understand the 'vice' the addiction. I felt 'dirty' smoking in public. If I ever did, I would be sure to be far from others. I know there are those out there that don't give a rats ass, they will light up in an indoor place full of non-smokers with no concern. But smoking, in most countries, is not allowed indoors, which I agree with. These same people may be willing to abide by the rules inside, but they will not have the same caution outdoors. There is a line, I think this crosses it. Those of us that do think about others, already go out of our way to not bother others with our smoke. It is not like it used to be where a mom or dad would smoke in their car, or house, windows closed, with a bunch of kids. This is what many of the stats referenced are based on, when this was common place. Decient people don't do that anymore, selfish people, that still do, will continue. I am glad to be a non-smoker, but there comes a point where things go too far. This type of legislation, if enforced, would be a drain on already stressed authorities. If it isn't enforced, then what is the point?

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      I agree with you, Smoking should be banned specially in public places. Stupid smokers never understand this because they are already in hell so why don't they pull few more legs into this hell? this is general negative stupid thinking.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You've really created debate amongst this lens. I completely agree with you though. I don't think we should have to be subjected to someone else's bad habit.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Nicotine is an additive toxin that has been used as a pesticide. It's tragic that anyone smokes because they are risking a one in three chance of dying early from a painful illness. If they survive, they will look older and suffer less vitality.

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      etravelvn 5 years ago

      This is what my wife tells me every day. I'd give up smoking :(

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      CrazyIM 5 years ago

      I was forced to become a smoker. Here is why. In the good old days, people smoke in the conference room. You can imagine how bad it was. Instead of taking second hand smoke, I switched to firsthand too. But I quit shortly after I left that environment. I am fully support banning smoke in public place.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Of course smoking should be banned in public places. It should be banned in homes where there are innocent children present too, but that would be hard to enforce. Some childhood cancers could be avoided if only parents who smoke would take it outside. - I have family members who have fragrance allergies and they suffer greatly if exposed to the smell cigarette smoke.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens.Thanks!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      chromegrrrl 5 years ago

      @BarbRad: Here in Oregon workplace (even in restaurants and bars) smoking has been banned, there are some special (very rare and specific) exceptions to the rule (like cigar bars) and I think it's a good compromise. As I mentioned in the debate section I am a smoker-- but I don't like smoke around my food as much as the next person (I don't even like the smell on my clothes) I think the law we have here is reasonable.

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      bluewren56 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      ImpartialGreg 5 years ago

      Love the results on the duel debate module! Thanks!

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      thesuccess2 5 years ago

      It's pretty much catch 22 for smokers: when people smoked everywhere you hardly ever noticed the smoke at all, now I 'm turning round and disliking it if someone's smoking in an outside terrace 20 paces away.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I agree, smoking shouldn't be in the public space because others shouldn't have to inhale the second hand smoke and put themselves at risk for lung cancer or other ills.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      As I already said, if we put together all pros and cons of smoking, column with cons wins both hands down. With better education and overall look on reasons to start we can uproot smoking!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I've never been a smoker, but some people need to smoke as much as I need to eat sweets -- something else that's unhealthy. They should have somewhere they can do it without legal consequences, but that also will not cause health risks or discomfort to non-smokers. If you are a non-smoker, it's terrible to pay for a good meal and have a smoker at the next table. You can't really get up and leave without losing your meal, but you really can't enjoy the meal either because of the smoke blowing in your direction. It would be wonderful if everyone decided to stop smoking, but it's unrealistic to think this will happen anytime soon. We must find a solution that's fair to all.

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      Isham101 5 years ago

      Complete ban in all public places is too harsh for anyone.

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      CarlittoDunaway 5 years ago

      I have quit smoking couple of years ago. But I believe everybody has rights to smoke. Nonsmoker has rights to leave the place where smokers smoke.

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      A wonderfully written and very imformative lens! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      i quit and started back when i didnt smoke i was insane

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      Elhamstero 5 years ago

      I've never smoked, although my parents did when I was little. I saw how hard it was for my dad to give up and promised myself that I would never put myself in that position.That, and I know how much tax you pay on a packet of cigarettes.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Quit 4 years ago. THE BEST thing I ever did. Great lens.

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      RetiredRebel 5 years ago

      enjoyed my visit on this lens today

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      ernieplotter 5 years ago

      I quit smoking 3 years ago... and I dnt miss it at all!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I remember a time when restaurants in California allowed people to smoke freely. We non-smokers sometimes had access to an area that was supposed to be smoke-free. But the smoke itself didn't know it was supposed to stay out of our area, and we ended up inhaling it anyway. It's been many years since California banned smoking in all public places, and I am so grateful. Some people are affected by second-hand smoke after many years; others become violently ill in minutes.

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      ouriloilo 5 years ago

      My mom is a non-smoker but she is definitely suffering from the secondhand smoke that comes from smokers.

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      noel rocs 5 years ago

      October 19th was my 7 year anniversary since I stopped smoking. One of the best decisions I've ever made :) ...very hard to do, though.

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      plrsource 5 years ago

      Great lens....My 10 month anniversary is 11/03

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      I was raised in a heavily smoking family my partner smokes i never have but watching the addiction and side effects that smoking has with close friends and family makes me wonder why any of us start in the first place. That said Poland has a long way to go smoking is so the norm here and that has to change fast

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      rozalex lm 5 years ago

      Hate smoking!

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      nikhelbig lm 5 years ago

      In Singapore smoking is banned indoors and outdoors of public places.... even in taxi ques. Smokers have to stand 10ft from the main doors of buildings to puff... a lot of my friends are driven to quit because it is inconvenient.

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, with a very interesting topic. It is such a difficult question. I can see both points of view, but I would lean slightly more towards agreeing with you. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens. I see it sparked quite a debate too! :) I have always been concerned about second hand smoke. I am really protective of my child when it comes to being exposed to smoke!

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      mom-247 5 years ago

      My dad died from an asthma attack at the age of 42. He was a smoker despite his asthma and the doctor told us that if he hadn't smoked he would almost certainly have lived. I was still a child when he died and the oldest of four children, so this is a subject close to my heart.

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      hamster1960 5 years ago

      great lens and great topic, after all, who does smoking helps? no one, hurts everyone including the smoker

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      BobBlackUK 6 years ago

      ! met my late wife when she was 17 and she was a heavy smoker already. I was 21 and a non-smoker but she kept on at me to try it because she thought it looked cool. I eventually succumbed, became addicted and continued for 7 years building to 40-a-day.Even then I new it was not good for my health and tried to quit many times, but I was always too weak or too stupid for it to last. I finally gave up for good in 1967 when I was offered a job in computers. You couldn't smoke anywhere near them in those days, and I desperately wanted that job!!My wife continued to smoke until her death, aged only 52, in 1994, and I am convinced smoking contributed to her early death.I now find smoking a disgusting and dangerous habit that should be banned totally for the sake of future generations.You can always tell a smoker. Apart from the smell on their breath, their clothes and everything around them, their faces look lined and grey and dirty.Do your bit for society ... tell a smoker how disgusting they are ... name and shame! If you can save just one smoker, you will have done a good thing.

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      Christene-S 6 years ago

      @sidther lm: Thanks so much for posting! I hope that anyone who dismisses my opinion as a non-smoker will take what *you* said (here in the guestbook and in the duel above) to heart.

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      I have been smoking for a very long time and despite numerous attempts (that lasted almost a year each) still can't stay quit. That said, I WANT a ban! I do not smoke in public anyway for the very reasons you have discussed but I want the ban more to help protect my child. When kids see adults smoking, they think it is ok. He does not see me- I sneak out to "water my plants" or "clean the garage" then I douse myself in febreeze or take another quick shower, he knows something is up, I have even explained it but I NEVER want him to witness it. If he sees it, he is more likely to try.People tease me for being the weirdest smoker ever- there is a designated area in my yard and no children may be present and every single cigarette butt must be disposed of properly in a way that is the least detrimental to the environment.I have treated patients who have had asthma attacks from being near smokers- whenever I worked I was always scrubbed to avoid causing problems for anyone but just itching for the shift to end so I could have another.I love the way you handled this tough topic!

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      mavens 6 years ago

      A ban would encourage smokers to smoke less or give up. If smoking was banned in public places, it would no longer be a social activity.

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      whoisbid lm 6 years ago

      A very controversial topic but well done on letting people comment

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      godinhora 6 years ago

      I'm uncomfortable about regulation in general, however perhaps more pressure on those who profit and free quit smoking remedies is a better solution.

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      EmpowerLiberty 6 years ago

      Most of the cities in Arizona are very strict on smoking in public places. It basically is completely banned.

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      PatriciaLi 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! The goal is not to take away anyone's rights; it is to protect ourselves from someone's choice of addiction which has been proven to harm us.

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      My grandmother smoked, but my mother didn't. Both died of cancer. I wonder if my mom would've escaped cancer if she didn't breathe in all that second hand smoke all her life. I loved my grandmother, it's just a thought on how one person's actions effects another's life.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      @KathyMcGraw2: I agree on limited government regulations. It would be nice if people were just more considerate. Wearing too much perfume bothers a lot of people too! ha.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Great info here. A lot of people are super allergic to cigarette smoke (I am one of them). Even walking past someone smoking by the entrance to a store door bothers me. Other smoke is not the same at all. I have no problem with people smoking away from others, but just being "outside" is not enough. In Washington the law is that people must smoke 25 or 35 feet from any commercial doorway. *** Blessed by a SquidAngel ***

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very important topic. well presented article on 'smoking'. ~blessed~

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      A hot topic and one that causes almost as much anger as abortion when it comes to individual choices not being regulated by government. *Blessed*

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Also, belated congrats on your Lens of the Day for this important health message . . it will save lives.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Great lens, glad to see it has a purple star . . congrats!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      We need to phase out the sale of cigarettes too. It is a health hazard that unfortunately in the 1950's was considered so safe that cars were made with the standard feature of the coil cigar lighter built within the dashboard. I wrote a lens about Barb Tarbox who has saved thousands from an early death. No lectures are needed . . we just need to reach out and help those who have this addiction. I was lucky that I never started, even though I was teased in high school for not smoking.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I have returned today to bless this lens on our "back to school" tour. Such an important issue deserves a second look, a lot of thought and a special blessing.

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      prabhurams 6 years ago

      nice lens...

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      australiasbest 6 years ago

      I quit smoking1 month ago after smoking for 17 years and I have never felt better! Great lense.

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      SaraLynn LM 6 years ago

      Christine.. I wanted to hit the like button 100 times on this lens!!

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      SaraLynn LM 6 years ago

      @ResJes: No one is trying to make you quit smoking. But, a lot of people get physically ill from cigarette smoke. I am one of them.

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      chris_triby 6 years ago

      I love your quote and photo at the bottom of the lens. I agree that in public places smoking should be banned. While I don't smoke, I believe that private establishments should be allowed to make the choice on whether to allow smoking or not just as it is my choice to go to an establishment that does allow it.

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      Jessi 6 years ago from United States

      I smoke daily, I'm not proud of it, but banning it in public areas isn't going to help people quit smoking.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Smoking is addiction. No reason to be proud of addiction of any kind. no reason to promote addiction of any kind. And it smells terrible too.

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      webcodez lm 6 years ago

      I've never understood people who smoke. I just don't see the point in it, why would you toxic yourself with it, and for what? The first time you smoked you probably did not like it at all, so why even bother continueing or starting at all - I just don't see the point, and then again; it's toxic... By the way, great lens too, I do agree totally ( however I may be in doubt about banning it outdoors public places as well ).