Is it time to ban smoking in any public place?

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Is it time to ban smoking in any public place?

4th April, 2011

        Smoking is a dirty and unhealthy habit. It causes detriment to the body of a person. People smoke for all sorts of reasons: to help them relax, to improve concentration or even just to relax with friends on an occasional basis. If one was to envision a family out to dinner in a restaurant, celebrating their daughter’s birthday and all of a sudden their night became unpleasant because of the smoke from the cigarette that is constantly coming from the table on the side of them as a result, forcing them to leave. Everyone has the right to unpolluted or clean air. The first smoking ban transpired in 1590, by Pope Urban VII, who banned individuals for smoking or chewing tobacco near a church (Smoking Ban - Obstruction of Freedom?). Problems linked with tobacco use did hit the public’s eye till the twentieth century.  Smoking should be banned in public because it exposes non smokers to the dangers of second hand smoking; it persuades the minds of teens and the government can tremendously benefit if they place serious taxes on smokers.

        Firstly, smoking exposes non-smokers to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke or passive smoke is the unintentional inhalation of smoke which occurs when tobacco diffuses into an environment and inhaled by people within that setting (Bing Dictionary). There are two forms of secondhand smoke; sidestream smoke (smoke which is inhaled from the tip of a cigar or cigarette) mainstream smoke (which is smoke exhaled by a smoker and inhaled by the nonsmoker). The sidestream smoke contains elevated levels of carcinogens (which causes cancer) than mainstream smoke. The particles in the sidestream smoke are smaller in size and enter the body more readily (Learn About Cancer, 2011). There are so many scientific medical reasons which shows why smoking in public places need to be banned; smoking in public does not only affect the smoker but also those around them, both employees and other guests. The smoke can affect the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system and it also put pregnant women at risk. The United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention states that annually, there are approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths among adult non smokers. There is also 46,000 heart disease deaths annually among non smokers in the United States (Ban Smoking in Public Places, 2011). Smoking should be banned in public places like restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, etc. It may not only reduce the risk of employees being affected but it can also interest more clientele such as non smokers who want to go out, have fun and enjoy a smoke-free atmosphere (Ban Smoking in Public Places, 2011).

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        In the Bahamas, many argue that if smoking was banned in public places, it will affect the tourism industry. Furthermore, they claim that The Bahamas would become less economical because some tourists like the idea of smoking in the casinos and restaurants (Ban Smoking in Public Places, 2011). Banning smoking in public places can save lives. It can also aid in the decrease of health care cost on individuals requiring treatment for lung and heart disease. In 1998, there were a total of 330 individuals admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital for cancer. Today it is much higher than that. ...

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