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Should smoking be banned in public places?

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Should smoking be banned in public places? Catriona Wynne Imagine the scene; you've just come back from a great night out with your friends. Down to the local Chinese restaurant, then onto the happening pubs and clubs for some fun. You walk into your house and smell smoke. You didn't leave a hob on, you didn't leave on your hair straighteners, no, it's you. Your clothes, your hair, all of you smelling of smoke as a result of all the people smoking in the places you have been. Is it time to put an end to smoking in public places? Smoking in public places is an issue which has been being discussed. In whether it should be banned or not, for the past 5 years since the government proposed the ;Smoking kills' white paper in 1998. I can see why smoking in public places should be banned and agree with this proposal. People who are not smokers and have chosen not to smoke are going out in public, and re having their basic right of choosing not to inhale smoke taken away from them. They are having to breathe other peoples smoke- causing passive smoking. ...read more.


On the contrary, it can be said that in most restaurants and cafes the choice now exists to sit in a non-smoking area where people who do not smoke can sit without worrying that smokers are nearby. Smokers have the same rights and responsibilities as a non-smoker and occasional smokers and having the choice of where to sit in restaurants and cafes, give people an option and lets them make up their own mind. A complete ban would take away people's right to decide things for themselves and it would basically be telling the public what to do. Let me give you an example of how non-smokers work, lets take smokers who work in an office block. They are designated a 'smoking room' for when they need a cigarette. Non-smokers would then complain that when the door to the smoking room is opened, there is smoke coming into the no-smoking area. The management would then close the smoking room and the smokers would be forced to light up outside the building. Non-smokers would then complain that smokers are taking too long on their smoking breaks and that it makes the outside of the building look dirty and untidy. ...read more.


Most would probably prefer to stay at home with a take-away and smoke in peace. If they go out with family and friends for a meal, they would have to go outside for a smoke, which wouldn't really make an enjoyable evenings experience. Fewer smokers would go out as they couldn't smoke wherever they go and they wouldn't really enjoy themselves as they would probably be craving for a cigarette for most of the night. About twelve million adults in Britain smoke, therefore, these people would not go out nearly as often, hence, reducing business profit and maybe even some going bust due to so much decrease in incoming money. Take heed as to the information provided in this essay and take into account both the positive and negative arguments. Without question, I agree with this proposition as it would give a better standard of living for everyone concerned, which is the entire public and also increase the overall happiness and health of many people, smokers and non-smokers. Also, take note of this quote, 'Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool- it spreads. Would you swim there?'. ...read more.

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