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Should There Be A Ban On Smoking In All Public Buildings?

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Should There Be A Ban On Smoking In All Public Buildings? Most smokers believe that a ban on smoking in public places is just another ploy by the government to cut down the number of smokers in the UK. Even though this maybe the case on the increase of taxes, it is not for the same reason for the suggestion of the ban in public areas. Individuals in the UK all seem to have different views about this issue as many people know about the risks that excessive exposure to tobacco smoke can cause. This is mainly due to tobacco companies trying there hardest to hide the true effects of inhaling smoke, not only for smokers but for non-smokers too. What they do not inform you on is the fact that tobacco smoke contains four thousand different chemicals, some of which are highly toxic and are known to cause cancer in humans. (1 & 2) However, the government would not have such a big issue if all the chemicals were inhaled and ingested by the smoker, as it is a choice of their own free will. The amount smoke inhaled by the smoker is only around fifteen percent, whereas the rest of the eighty-five percent escapes into the atmosphere. ...read more.


If a ban against smoking in public places were to be enforced then smokers would protest that it was against their free will as they are themselves putting themselves at risk, but they are unknowing to the affects it has on non-smokers. By saying this it means that every smoker has the right to smoke but for the individuals who do not smoke, they unfortunately have no right to prevent themselves from inhaling toxic chemicals that in the end could cause them to suffer from severe health problems. In 2002 the government set out proposals to ban smoking in most workplaces and public areas, as 2.2 million people in the UK were exposed to passive smoking in there places of work, but some exemptions were included for example pubs that did not serve food and private clubs. (10) However this would still not solve the answers to passive smoking, as the people working in the hospitality trade (e.g. barmaids, etc.) would still be under the same amount of risk, of suffering from a smoking related disease. For someone who actually smokes one cigarette a day, they have the same chance of suffering from a smoking related disease as someone working in the hospitality trade as they have an increased risk of thirty-four percent than of a smoker who has an increased risk of thirty-nine percent. ...read more.


The government has yet called the drug nicotine illegal, as it is still legal to buy in the UK. However if there is still an increase of smokers and the ban on smoking in public places is still yet to be enforced over time I believe that there will be a legislation declaring the ban of all types of smoking, due to the effect it has on people's health and their surroundings. Reference: 1) Internet Site- 3rd & 6th Line www.betterhealthchannel.com.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Smoking_effects_on_your_body 2) Internet Site- 15th Line www.cancerresearchuk.org/aboutcancer/reducingyourrisk/smoking 3) Internet Site- 21st Line www.pti.org/research.asp?pref=http://www.pti.org/elib/publish/article_2074.asp 4) Journal- Rimpela AH, Rimpela MK. Increased risk of respiratory symptoms in young smokers of low tar cigarettes. British Medical Journal 1985 5) Journal- Bell BA, Symon L. Smoking and subarachnoid haemorrhage. British Medical Journal 1979 6) Internet Site- 4th Line www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Birth_defects_and_drugs 7) Internet Site- 10th Line www.ash.org.uk/html/passive/html/kidsbrief.html 8) Debate- Smoking at Westminster, Reference to the BMA statistics on one thousand deaths from passive smoking, 21/12/04 9) Internet Site- 33rd Line http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3715691.stm 10) Report- Overwhelming backing for workplace smoking law. ASH press release 11 June 2004 11) Internet Site- 46th Line www.tobaccofreeiowa.org/body.cfm?id=35 12) CD-ROM- Under Topic Smoking Encarta Encyclopedia 98, International Edition, 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation Ashleigh Drinkwater ...read more.

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