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Smoking should be banned in ALL public places

Updated on September 19, 2014

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.

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Yes, you're right!

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    • Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Something you don't want your baby to breathe in should not be done in public. You'd never let a baby, toddler, etc. smoke... you don't want teachers that take care of them smoke in the class room right! That is for a reason! Because it's unhealthy, smells bad and causes serious illnesses. If you do that to yourself, great, that's your right. But you have no right to kill others! Or make others sick...

    • Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      I would be a little lenient on outdoor places, depending on where they are. Smoking should definitely be banned in all indoor places that are not a person's home. In child custody cases, weight should be given toward the smoke-free home if there is a smoking parent. I have a relative who died of lung cancer; she was subjected to second-hand smoke for many years, but never smoked herself. That's absolutely not fair. The argument that privately owned places should be allowed to permit smoking misses the point that when you invite the general public, you have the legal duty of hospitality. You don't have a legal right to allow some customers to assault others, whether physically or with deadly smoke. Even in buildings with separate smoking rooms, the smoke gets into the smoke-"free" areas.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i say it should because even though it's a free counry some people have different oppinions and say so's and its not fair to the people who dislike smoking!

    • Ursel001 4 years ago

      Great lense, great idea. In Slovenia is smoking prohibited in all public places. I am happy now;-)And I must say: "Go Tina Maze!"

    • katiecolette 4 years ago

      I think people have the right to smoke if they choose to, but there's no reason to expose others to second hand smoke. That's inconsiderate.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      smoking is bad and can lead to death or cancer

    • Fox Music 4 years ago

      In Wisconsin It Already Is

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      it doesn't hurt the smoker it hurts everyone around them

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Totally agree! My health is my most precious asset. Nobody should be legally allowed to steal it!

    • casnider 4 years ago

      I totally agree. See my lens about Living with chronic bronchitis to see how other peoples' smoking affected my life.

    • victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      I find smoking disgusting and am also asthmatic which means inhaling 2nd hand smoke makes my throat start closing up. I live in the Netherlands right now where people smoke in public places and even in restaurant and hospital doorways. Not a day goes by where I don't have to breathe in this filth. Smokers whine about having rights too but why not smoke in their own houses instead of lighting up in front of me walking down the street so I get a faceful? I have the right NOT to be forced to inhale smoke!!!

    • missmary1960 4 years ago

      I agree!!!

    • MelanieMurphyMyer 4 years ago

      I agree completely. Smoking in public is a form of assault and should be treated as such. It is especially dangerous to children with lung disease. Makes me sad when people don't care about that.

    • kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I can't stand the smell

    • practicemastery1 4 years ago

      Terrible habit. Shouldn't be inflicted on others.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think it is really good,but most of our people(i live in Ukraine) disagree with this statement,because they think it's not practical for they.But our government punish person which brake this statement and I agree with them!

    • frugalfinance lm 4 years ago

      Yes I think so. People don't always factor in the health of other people. Even though it is banned in public places (like bus stops) here in the UK, people ignore this. My daughter suffers from asthma and when people are smoking in confined spaces like that it can really be harmful.

    • srsddn lm 4 years ago

      It should be banned as early as possible. Some countries have already done it. I have seen a family suffering from passive smoking, happening due to a chain smoker in that family.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Third hand smoking is also a problem to people around smokers. For every eight smokers that tobacco takes, it takes one non-smoker as well. No one has the right to take someone's life.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes i completely agree but what laws would you use to make this happen? would you try to go through the state government or federal? what is your idea to make this happen?

    No way!

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      • DavidMichaelRay 4 years ago

        It's very simple given the parameters we now have. If people actually are given power of ownership, then that gives them, as the owners, the right to ban. If "public places" means government-owned places, then the government rightfully retains the power to ban (smoking or anything else for that matter), according to the will of the collective of people the government represents. If the government does not own the place, then the government has no power to ban in any capacity whatsoever except as one of tyrant and oppressor. Simple logic.If "public places" is to mean "places where the public freely goes", then the owners of those places have the right to ban or not to ban, and the "public" has the right to go or not to go. People don't understand the road they start to take when they give authoritarian power to governments. The road is a downward slope,

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        We have rights also...give us an area that will not harm others.

      • tkeiser 4 years ago

        Secondhand smoke has never been shown to cause cancer. There is no causation, not even a correlation.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Lucky duck: Your rights are not more important than mine. You guys are so ignorant it is not even funny. Even if there was no smoking what do think all the cars are putting into the air. Way worse than smoking, and how about all of the factories. Gee should we shut down civilization because you people are winers.....

      • Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

        First I am not now, nor have I ever been a smoker. While I agree that smoking indoors in public places should be banned, and restrictions on where outdoors it is permitted a complete ban is not only unnecessary but it does impede the rights of smokers.

      • SYC2002 4 years ago

        Absolutely agree with you... Smoking should be banned. Period. If smokers want to smoke, they should do it in their own home, not in public places. Second-hand smoke is more harmful than first-hand smoke. Why should the non-smokers like us, have to be the victims of the smokers' disgusting habit?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think a smoking ban has affected the quality of life. Don't I have the right to enjoy my life?Legalize Smoking in Pubs and Restaurant. I get a cold in the winter...smoking ban is not very healthy.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I see the smoking ban will divide the population of the world into smokers and non smokers.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        well i think that it shoould not be banned because people like to smoke and you will make them sad

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Banning smoking indoors is great... But not outdoors. In my country they're passing laws that you can't smoke within a certain radius of a public building... That's just insane and control freaky in my opinion.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I do support all the statement bout the risks for both smoker and 2nd hand smoker, but I think it shouldn't be banned in ALL public places. Ban selectively, such as in schools, or in air-conditioned place..but for places where the air can flow freely, it's unnecessary to ban smoking.PS: This is petty, but true. In Malaysia, those things I said are practised, and we can deal with smokers in public cause our wind doesn't blow that strongly. But when I came to Auckland, New Zealand, the wind is really strong and I can literally smell the cigarette smoke from 6 big stores away.So, my points are only relevant for Malaysia..

      • ArthurF LM 4 years ago

        I am sorry that my smoking is affecting the less then 1% of air you take in at any given area at any time. Banning smoking in public is basically discrimination. I thought we have evolved past this point already. I will be the first to admit that my smoking habit is bad for my health but if I am in wide open air and not even standing near you, how does this affect your health at all? It doesn't! Don't try to throw claims at me like "people near you can breath the second hand smoke." There are two ways around this. 1) don't stand near me when I am smoking. 2) I wont stand near you when I am smoking. Problem solved!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I started using Green Smoke electronic cigarettes 6 weeks ago and they don't break any non-smoking laws here in the state of Ohio(where smoking has been banned in all indoor spaces). These e-cigs are very good, they feel and taste just like smoking a real cig, the "smoke" that you exhale is not smoke, but rather water vapor that tastes like a real cigarette and has the nicotine that my cravings demand. I have been able to breathe better and have more energy! Anyway, my point here is that even though these e-cigs are not hazardous to anyone's health, icluding the actual user of the product, you get anti smoking nazis that complain about them in places like bars and bowling allys!! Now I'm not affecting you in anyway, it just appears that I am smoking a real cigarette, you non smokers want to take that away to, now you're just being POWER FREAKS!! I never understood the smoking ban in a bar though. If you are sitting on a bar stool sucking down alcohol, how much respect do you have for your body anyway? I guess it's O.K. to harden your liver and raise your blood pressure as long as no one is smoking in a BAR!! How stupid are some people?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        If I'm smoking outdoors then I'm not harming you or anyone else! Are you one of those people that follow a group of smokers around OUTDOORS and complain that they are harming your health? If you are, you're a mennace and should have to stay with a care-giver and away from all people smoking or not.

      • domjohnson lm 5 years ago

        No it shouldn't be banned! You don't have to like other peoples choices but if you don't respect them then you don't want to live in a free country!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        One final point before I leave you to your thoughts Christene. Yet another eminent medical professional has come out of the closet to expose the debase antics of the tobacco control crypto-mafia and to decry the increase in pseudo science that is bringing the medical/scientific community into disrepute. Romano Grieshaber from Germany joins a number of other high ranking medical/scientific professionals including Professor Philippe Even,NeckerResearch Institute, France and Professor JB Davies, University of Strathclyde, who have spoken out and risked the wrath of the tobacco control machine, smear campaigns etc that are known to follow from such actions, designed to bloody any independent mind. It is known that many health care professionals have been brainwashed into supporting the tobacco control cult, but many have not, yet they dare not speak out as they are subtly coerced into going along with the so called consensus (if they wish to continue in their chosen profession). One can only hope that this group of silent sceptics are given confidence by their senior (often retired) colleagues to also speak out before their previously well respected profession is irrevocably damaged. Criminal prosecutions must surely follow!They should also take heart in the fact, as I have already mentioned, that anti-smoker propaganda is now almost constantly on our TV, radio, media, internet etc - squandering millions. This is the best indicator yet that the anti-smoker misinformation campaign is failing.Long winded? Maybe, but the truth is not to be found in slogans or memes repeated parrot fashion!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Respect to you for allowing an open debate on this overtly anti-smoker website! This indicates that the instigator is someone who actually believes the tobacco control deception and has not looked beyond its limited parameters (Typically, anti-smoker activists only want to preach their neo-religion; they do not want open dialogue where their misinformation can be questioned). I suspect that the responses on here are not what were expected and hopefully this will inspire them to do some research beyond anti-smoker propaganda sources. Might I refer you to this website; fightingback.homestead.comThis reference site is mainly concerned with the SHS deception, but you can work back from this specific deception to begin to understand how the public have been deceived into believing that smoking, known to have many positive medicinal qualities for thousands of years, is now believed by many to be worse than the effects of nuclear, biological and chemical warfare combined. You may have noted that the anti-tobacco movement / pharmaceutical industry have upped the anti-smoker public campaign recently and are now spending millions+ on TV, radio and internet adverts etc. This is good news to those who believe in honesty and truth. It is a strong indication that their campaign is failing and people are questioning anti-smoker integrity. The only solution to failing propaganda it seems, is MORE propaganda, working on the Goebbels principle that a lie repeated often enough can eventually become the truth! Don't be gullible; question, challenge, expose, self-educate and get aware - your childrens' future freedom demands it!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Having read many of the comments on here, it is clear that public smoking bans are not wanted by the majority of decent people. After an initial flurry of comments from tobacco control employees trying to give the impression that smoke bans are popular, rational comments from normal citizens have come to dominate the discussion to dispel that manufactured myth. There are clearly less and less succumbing to anti-smoker propaganda despite being subjected to it, in some cases, throughout their entire lives, and far fewer gullible people than the anti-smoker movement would like to believe.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        then they should ban beer sales, unhealthy hot dogs, nachos, soft drinks and other very unhealthy foods. Have never heard of anyone wiping out a family driving in their car because they were smoking. If the stadiums in the country could figure out a way to make money like they do from beer and disgusting food sales, then we would be able to smoke. And yes I do smoke. we are the last bastion of discrimination left in the world.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        " You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can NEVER fool all of the people all of the time". This simple quote is all you need to know to understand that tobacco CONTROL, in all its guises, will eventually be driven into exile by decent, honest people. I say, 'in exile' because it is unlikely to be destroyed completely. There will always be a small core of puritans, nutters and fanatics who will remain devout to their religion, as they have throughout history, waiting to re-emerge. (eg temperance movement). There is no such thing as second hand smoke 'harm', never has been, never will be. It is a big deception. The term was invented by a few nutters, puritans and fanatics to allow them to impose their will on others and move forward their agenda. In the process they corrupted science and many public organisations. There is plenty of evidence to prove this to be the case, including that produced BY them. This has led to an examination of older anti-smoker science where it has been discovered that the deception is many decades old and involves not just SHS, but primary smoking too, to benefit polluting industry and increase the profits of pharmaceuticals. Tobacco control are dependent on raising more and more cash to maintain the initiative and promote their propaganda. When the money dries up as it inevitably will do as more and more people become aware of the deception and realise that this money could be used to improve public health rather than degrade societies. Then the anti-smoker movements will wither and return to those dark smelly holes from whence they first emerged. I estimate that >90% of those who vocally support the anti-smoker deception are EMPLOYED to do so (including supporters on this web site), or will benefit in some way financially or career-wise. When they realise that there is nothing in it for them, they will quickly abandon their anti-smoker morals. The only variable is how much damage they will cause before this happens!

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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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      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.

      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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          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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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          Rosetta Slone 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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