Should Smoking be banned in Public Areas? Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world.

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Should Smoking be banned in Public Areas?

Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults’ worldwide (about 5 million deaths each year). If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Lorne Gunter is a Regular columnist with The Edmonton Journal. His article, “Can Property Rights Settle Public Smoking Disputes”, explores the notion that banning public smoking is a private matter and can be solved by owners property rights and that it is up to the owner of the establishment in question whether to ban smoking or not. The purpose of this essay is to counter this claim and prove through Gunter’s lack of convincing claims that smoking should be banned in all public places. It is important to not that so far that thirty two countries so far have made it illegal to smoke in all enclosed public spaces nationwide and this number is rising as well as twenty three states in North America who have banned smoking in most indoor places. There are three major flaw points in Gunter’s argument although he does come up with one or two solid ideas. A lot of his arguments are too biased, only thinking about the rights of smokers and not those of non-smokers, blindly ignoring and discarding the dangers of second-hand smoke whilst concentrating too much on trying to find faults in the anti-smokers argument and ignoring the real issue at hand. His use of language is can be suspect and he doesn’t clearly define the property rights in questions nor does he explain the rights of the government.

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The non-smoking public should have the right to walk in to a café and or restaurant or bar and not have there lungs involuntarily filled with cigarette smoke as passive smoking has many dangers to ones health. In Gunter’s Article he audaciously attempts several times to refute the claim that second-hand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke, is bad for ones health. In fact there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. For example Gunter talks of an experiment to show that second-hand does not directly cause cancer “In 1998 the UN's World Health Organization, a stridently ...

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