• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Should Smoking Be Banned in Public Restaurants?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Should Smoking Be Banned in Public Restaurants? In the perfect situation, smoking policy would be set by bar or restaurant owners, and customers would patronize the establishments with the policy they prefer. Customers would decide?without the government?s help?if they want to avoid smoke-filled rooms or enter them. They might even choose to sit in an area sectioned off for smokers or non-smokers, but the ultimate issue is choice (Ruwart 1). When the government starts telling restaurant owners what their customers can and cannot do, the government is overstepping its boundaries. Our government aims to protect us?to save us from society?s evils. However, in an attempt to protect the public from the effects of passive smoking (second hand smoke)?of which, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service in 1994, ?the statistical evidence does not . ...read more.

Middle

When asked if the ban caused owners to lay off employees or cut working hours, 29.7 percent of respondents answered ?yes?; 59 percent gave the same answer when asked if they experienced a loss of tips/gratuities for bar and serving-staff employees (1). The plight of restaurant and bar owners is often ignored, but it is a serious issue for them and for their employees. While the argument rages over the effects of smoking on public health, the question that remains is this: ?How much is society entitled to penalize smokers for their decisions because?in society?s view?those decisions are unhealthy?? (Samuelson). Smoking tobacco is not an illegal act, yet the 25 percent of Americans who do smoke are often treated as if they were criminals. ...read more.

Conclusion

One may not wish to be seated near an extremely obese person in a restaurant, but it would certainly be unconstitutional to deny service to these patrons. In modern society, the government knows better than to discriminate against minorities, senior citizens, or the physically handicapped; it does not hesitate, however, to discriminate against smokers. Personal choice is a simple principle that is highly valued in American society. Banning smoking in all public restaurants violates this principle and jeopardizes our freedom. Smoking should not be banned in all restaurants. A ban on smoking imposes unnecessary governmental interference in private business, affects business owners negatively, and discriminates against smokers. Like the black Southerner turned away because of racial segregation, the smoker is unfairly treated. Sadly, just when our government claims to be whisking away the clouds of smoke, it is legislating a cloud of discrimination. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise essays

  1. a case study on smoking and it's effects

    Other such slogans were targeted at woman such as "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet." With women smoking as well as men, in the 1930s Britain had the highest lung cancer rate in the world.

  2. Should smoking be banned in public places?

    They would no longer have to worry about their best suit stinking of cigarette smoke and it would encourage more people to go out and hence, would bring more money into the economy. Non-smokers would not have to stress about their health, with passive smoking and the risk of getting some sort of cancer.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work