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Smoking or Non-Smoking...Should There Be A Choice? Imagine sitting in a restaurant unable to enjoy a meal due to the cloud of smoke coming from a neighbor's table.

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Smoking or Non-Smoking...Should There Be A Choice? Imagine sitting in a restaurant unable to enjoy a meal due to the cloud of smoke coming from a neighbor's table. The fact that there was not a designated area for smokers has put the smoker and the non-smoker in an uncomfortable situation. Smoking should be banned in public places because non-smokers have a right to clean air, and because second hand smoke is more dangerous than actually smoking a cigarette. However, smoking should not be banned in public places because it is the smoker's choice to smoke just as it is the non-smokers choice not to smoke. President Clinton is quoted saying that "We've got to do more to protect people in public places and clean up the air that all of us share" (Rovner 571). For non-smokers, inhaling someone else's cigarette smoke can be very aggravating. It is bad enough that automobiles, processing plants, and other types of industries pollute our environment, but for a smoker to choose to smoke around a non-smoker is a violation of th Arguably by allowing smoking in public places it is the freedom of non-smokers that is being restricted. We choose not to smoke but by going out into a public space this choice is effectively taken away. By smoking in public the smoker is forcing everyone in the vicinity to smoke too, perhaps there should be signs everywhere reading 'public smoking area only'. ...read more.


On the other hand, I also accept that this is part of pub culture. People go to the pub to relax. Relaxation is achieved by having a few drinks, a packet of crisps, having a chat and for some this includes partaking in the legal activity of smoking. From a business point of view enforcing a complete ban on smoking in public areas such as pubs, restaurants or bars would deter many customers. This has been proved by the decrease in customers (some lost up to half their business) in many of the bars and restaurants in New York City. Here former mayor Rudolf Guliani enforced a complete ban on smoking in public places thus making it actually illegal to light up in any public area except on the street. This means that you could be arrested or fined for smoking a cigarette. This seems somewhat draconian and forces smokers to become social outcasts in a way. Being forced to go out onto the street to smoke a cigarette during a meal out with friends does not make for a nice evening's experience. Why not stay at home on a Saturday evening with a takeaway where you can smoke in peace? Anyway, why do we need a complete ban ? We already have a partial ban on smoking in public places that seems to work fine. ...read more.


Respect for nonsmokers that have chosen not to smoke is also another important reason. Although people do have the freedom of choice to chose if they want to smoke or not, smoking should be banned in public places because tobacco smoke is a health hazard and widespread health goal. Many people have chosen not to smoke for their health, yet when in a restaurant nonsmokers end up breathing in second-hand smoke while sitting in the "nonsmoking section" of a restaurant. Also employees of the restaurant must breath in the second-hand smoke while working (Banning smoking in bar and restaurants, February 2003). When a person that smokes lights up..... If you were not a drug user, would you want to breathe someones second hand pot smoke? No. So why would you want to breathe someones second hand cigarette smoke? Most people like myself wouldn't. Let's take a look at this for a second, imagine you're walking in a park, you stop to sit on a bench and rest. Next thing you know a person sits down on the same bench and lights a cigarette. What can you do but continue breathing? It's not like you can hold your breath for the seven minutes it takes them to finish. My point is why would you make others breathe something they don't want? I don't hold anyone's mouth open and pour booze down it, so why am I forced to breathe someones smoke? ...read more.

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