Should smoking be banned in public places?

Many countries today have laws that prohibit smoking in public places because it affects non smokers as well.This damages their health against their will and could cause them lung cancer.But also it seems as though this law protects only one side and public places(which should be available to everyone for all purposes)meet only the needs of non-smokers,tobacco causes addiction and active smokers cannot spend a long time without lighting a cigarette which automatically makes public places and many other facilities unsuitable for them and their needs.Also this is bad for tourism in some parts,caterers are financially damaged by these new laws that suggest them to provide services to only one part of both residents and tourists.Is this law actually going to protect non-smokers or simply affect smokers?
Is this a noble deed or a true act of discrimination?

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

smoking in public should be banned

Smoking should definatly be banned in public places. The places they do allow smoking might lose a bit of money, but it will also help with the health problems that occur. Most people beleive that someone who is not in the smoking area of the public place will not be affected by the smoke, but smoke is able to spread in a room and affect the people around. Smoking causes alot of problems not only for the smoker, but for the people around. If someone were to put together a protest for those to stop smoking in public, I bet that every non- smoker would say they should.

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I doubt that the bars are shutting down JUST BECAUSE smokers choose not to go. Oh and by your logic, if someone is a pyromaniac and always has the need to light fires that its ok for them to run around in public with fire, the non pyromaniacs just need to avoid the fire. No big deal right?

No because...

smoking is up to the individual not others if people don't like smoke aviod the people who are smoking. I would not say that smoking should be banned, but I do not think it is necessary that people should go as far to have to avoid another person purely for them being a smoker. What I think they should do is just go back to a smoking section with air vents leading upwards and away from people in the smoking section, making it less likely that if a door is opened to the smoking section, that smoke will go out. Also, businesess are not losing a little bit of money, there are bars that have been there for years all around me that are being completely shut down. All because people will not go there because they cannot smoke.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

Yes, it should be banned

Obviously, the cloud of smoke exactly disturbs other people; especially non-smokers feeling. Imagine sitting in a restuarant unable to enjoy the meal because of the smoke from neighbor's table. It should be banned because the percentage of non-smokers is higher than active smokers so non-smokers have right to clean air and also second hand smoke is more dangerous than actually smoking as well.

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So are you saying pyromaniacs should be able to light fires as they please and theyre just being discriminated against because they dont occupy wall street?

No because...

so are you saying that the non-smokers of America don't have rights and that America is all about the majority winning? currently we are having the occupy wall street which is demoting the minority ruling. Just because the non-smokers of America are more populous than the smokers, doesn't mean that smoking should be banned just to please them.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

yes

Firstly, being in High School and being surrounded by smoke after school isnt even a little bit pleasent. All of the older kids smoke so the youger kids like to be influenced by the Juniors and Seniors. They will eventually start and gett into the habit of smoking. Its also very unhealthy. Secondly, being in a restaurant and having to smell that smoke while eating is not only disrepectful but also disturbing and once again not healthy. I respect those who smoke away.
another reason is smoking will become a tendency, which lures a lot of young people to do so. In fact, accordintg to some reliable surveys, numbers of smokers are rapidly increasing these day. Of course, we can smoke if this will affect no one. We together make some tigh and strict regulation for smokers if we dont want to have any adverse influences on our next generations.

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You want to solve unemployment by killing everyone with cancer? O.o

No because...

it seems clear to me that most people have their opinions against smoking. nevertheless, smoking still has some positive aspect to economic sides. For example, many countries around the world, especially tropical nations, like Cuba as well as England consider cigarette as an important product to export to many other countries to get money or exchange other commodities. therefore, they can use that money to invest in some different kinds of fields. furthermore, in my country, selling cigarettes is also an easy job that everyone can do to earn more money, no matter how old they are. As a result, this can bring some jobs for people and partially solve rate of unemployment.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

yes or corse

second-hand smoke is harmful, just like smoking is. i really feel that smoking in public places should be banned, because not only is it harming the health of smokers, but also the health of others around them. in my opinion, smoking in public places, especially places with a lot of people is a pretty selfish thing to do. i find that second hand smoke is very annoying, because everytime i walk past someone smoking, i always feel that i have to hold my breath. smoking seriously harms people's lungs, but so can second-hand smoke. ah sorry, i misspelled the title. i meant "yes of course"

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The problem with designated smoking areas is not alway the public, but also the employees. What if said business doesn't have smoking employees? Say in a restaurant they have a smoking area even with ventilation. The larger the area, the larger the vent, the larger the vent the more powerful it needs to be, the more powerful it needs to be the louder it is. This would disrupt the non smokers as its just an annoying noise created to feed the poor addicts their poison. But what if we wanted to dull down the power or remove the vent all together? Keep the area away from the non smokers sounds ok but now you're asking the waiter/waitress, busboy, manager, cleaning crew, bar tender, ect. to go through these areas to serve, clean and address customers regardless of whether they smoke or not. No a manager does not NEED to go through and would then be making it their own decision, but the other staff still needs to do their job. Asking a restaurant to hire only employees that 'dont mind' inhaling the second hand smoke is, in my opinion, far fetched and out of line. It is bad enough that smokers get to go outside every 30 minutes to smoke for 5-10 minutes while non smokers have to work work work work all day without those breaks. Now we're going to suggest that smokers get jobs over them just because smoker need to inhale their cancer sticks?

No because...

Yes, it is a real problem. The smoke bothers every non-smoker. But a complete ban is not necessary. I mean, those public places can save up some money so they can build special areas for non-smokers and those areas would be vent. This way would thank both parts: the part of population that smokes and love smoking while at a restaurant and the part of population that doesn't smoke and can't stand the smoke. So if somebody wants to smoke, let him do. As long as it doesn't socialy harm anyone. And by using this special areas for smokers, everyone would be happy and the restaurants would make profit.
P.S.: sorry for my bad english but it's not my native language. But i hope i proved my point.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

ITS OUR HEALTH!

although people say that smoking is the smokers choice .. its not.. it is in some ways but not in all.. it is their choice whether they want to pay to die, but our choice whether we want them to able to smoke around us, it is not just harming them when they smoke it is also harming us. By smoking in public places all the people that go to those places have got to inhale their smoke although they have a made a choice to not smoke, they dont have a say in whether smoking will be a part in our life or not. BUT if it was banned smokers could smoke in their home and cars, and harm themselves and not others.
P.S. Sorry if it didnt make sense, but i think u will get the points that i was trying to make.
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No because...

nobody said you had to go to public places with smoking. So if ya'll wanna complain go somewhere else.!

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

HeLLOOOO???? IT

Only 25% of the stuff goes to the smoker and the rest is left for us. People who have asthma need to carry their inhaler just in case of a smoker or cigarettes.

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If you want to classify cigs as a harmful weapon and claim it "the right to bare arms" then i would have to believe everyone that ever smokes in public should be arrested for attempting homicide and for putting others in harms way. We are a county built on equality, why are you taking my right of being cancer free away? We fought for our independence and im glad we have it!

No because...

Um... HELLO????? It's called the second amendment!!! The second amendment means you have the right to bear arms, and a cigarette is like a gun.Even though cigs are bad, they are classified as a harmful weapon that can cause serious injury or damage. Also, right now we are both breathing in campfire, barbecues, and even marijuana smoke! I do not see a ban on those items and I do not see a ban on cars? Do you? How about we just ban cars????  Also tabacco is a legal drug and so is  marijuana, so you cannot just ban it! Also, I looked up that the smoke from smokers produces 0.00092% of carbon dioxide emissions in the world! I have tons more but I'm about to run out of battery, so my last point is that we are building our own natural disasters, like building power plants! Only two out of the 50000 power plants in the world produce more carbon dioxide than the smoke from smokers does in a year!

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

It needs to be banned!

Smoking needs to be banned because of people with asthma can't or barley breath when smoke is around. Also in places like Disneyland, there is a few "smoke-zones" but even so, if you walk pass them you can still inhale the smoke that they are smoking.

No because...

boo hoo!cry me a river.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

Bad for Health

Non-smokers should not have to suffer from the very poor choices of smokers. Non-smokers who come across smokers "Lighting up a ciggy" suffer as badly as the smokers do. I don't think it is right that ANY of the non-smokers have to suffer, smokers only think about themselves not the people around them which sickens me and I think it is about time that non-smokers got a little justice. I don't give a fuck about the smokers, all I care about are the people who don't smoke who have to suffer. All the smokers in the whole fucking world may as well dig themselves a hole and smoke themselves to death, it would be a favour to all of us =).

No because...

You would just take away the rights of smokers (people just like you, only with different habits) because they like to smoke? Your argument seems very narrow-minded and shallow. Ignorance is not bliss, so instead of continuing on your pointless rant about how "bad" smokers are, how about you accept the fact that not everyone has the same viewpoint as you do.
By the way, to wish ill upon a group of people is discrimination.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes because...

smoking should be banned in public places

In my opinion, smoking should be banned in public places. That is because non-smokers should not be forced to secondhand smoke against their will. Even though it is an obvious etiquette not to smoke when surrounded by many people, a large number of smokers don't seem to care so much about it. For example, it's not that hard to find a person smoking at a bus stop even if there are little girls around him/her. There should be rules restricting people who have little regard for the well-being of others. Another reason why smoking should be banned in public places is because of the garbage problem. Not many smokers throw away their cigarette butts into the trash cans. Most of them just toss it on the streets. The streets will be much cleaner if smoking is banned. However, smokers should not be treated unfairly. There should be more places where only smokers can smoke freely. Therefore smoking should be banned in public places but more smoking areas should be built as well.

No because...

Secondhand smoking is a concern, I agree. But a complete ban of smoking in public is unecessary. In fact, I believe that with a ban, more people will choose to smoke as it will be more of a rebellious / illegal act (like drugs in today's society).

To your comment about "rules restricting people who have little regard for the well-being of others", I have nothing to say but shame on you. Smoking is a choice via that person. You cannot tell who is a smoker from just looking at them (unless affected greatly by smoking), just as you cannot tell who is a thief from just another customer at a store. Just because they smoke, doesn't mean that they are out to get people who do not. I have friends who smoke, who are very nice people, yet I do not smoke myself. Don't make judgements upon a group of people based on stereotypes.

Overall, I think that smoking should not be banned in public, but that businesses / companies should be able to control whether or not smoking should be allowed.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

Smoking shouldnt be banned

look, everyone should not be so botherd about smoking and live with it. All smokers go outside to have a smoke (at least in countries where it is banned indoors), non smokers stay in the pub (or wherever you are). Non smokers complain about everyones health, but smokers are not stupid, they know it can harm them.
no not really this is a tipicall lie okay bye

Yes because...

If we should not ban smoking because smokers are well aware of the health issue, should we remove the speed limits on all the highways as well? People aren't stupid, they know that speed driving can be dangerous and they don't care or they will stop doing it... So people should be allowed to drive for as fast as they want regardless if this can lead to car accidents which can do harms to other people. And smoking should be allowed too because smokers aren't stupid and do not care about their health even if the smoke they produce can harm other people. Exact same principle here, and obviously speed limits is on, so should the ban of smoking? Tbh we are seriously not interested in how you manage your health; we don't care if you care or quit or anything, we just don't want you to harm us just as we don't want a car to hit on us.yea this is also true

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

people have the right to smoke

What kills the most is Drinking you have Heart problems, Liver, Cancer, Drunk Drivers,Talk about health, put the no smokers sign up so smokers can have rights too, Keep them out , We are old enough to make what life we want put a baned on them or build a bubble to put all the none smokers in or build places only for smokers keep signs up to keep none smokers out . see how they like it, THEY SAY WE HAVE A FREE CANADA ? WHERE

thank you
joanne bc

Yes because...

http://lungcancer.about.com/od/whatislungcancer/f/lungcancerdeaths.htm

^135,000 die per year from lung cancer caused by smoking in the US
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6089353/ns/health-addictions/t/alcohol-linked-us-deaths-year/#.T5fZG7OmiRw

^ 75,000 die per year from alcohol related deaths in the US

What kill the most is Smoking` you had lung cancer, as well as an increase in the likely-ness of heart disease, stroke. Besides lung cancer you're at risk of many other cancers including pancreas, stomach, esophagus, kidney, mouth, throat and vocal folds. Though smoking does not have effects like drunk driving it does kill babies in the womb if the mother is smoking. Also it release of toxic chemicals into the air that turn non-smokers into victims. Your free canada is the non poluted air, the safer environment created by the reducing of public smoking

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/

Yes, I completely agree with your argument that everyone has the right to smoke. But what they don't have the right to do is to inflict the dangers onto us who have taken the free choice not to. Passive smoking is enough to give someone COPD, Lung Cancer and Heart Disease, so why should we suffer because you want to practise a disgusting habit?

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

WHAT HAPPEN TO A FREE CANADA. WE ARE GOING BACK TO THE TIME WERE SLAVES HAD NO RIGHT, NOW IT IS SMOKERS HAVE NO RIGHT

What gives the government the right to tell us to put signs up to say smokers allowed or to tell smokers to stay out? This is similar to the white only/no blacks signs that there used to be. These are rightly considered discriminatory and these smoking signs should meet the same fate.

Yes because...

You are sooooo wrong. the signs don't say "no smokers" they say "no smoking". They are not saying you can't go in, they are saying you can't smoke in their. It is not saying you are any less of a person, you are personally taking it that way which shows a sign of depression, to be honest. It is not an attack against a person (or type of person) but against an action. Its almost like how you can't take a gun on an airplane. They aren't saying hunters cant go on the plane, they just can't be waving a gun around on the plane.

They're not demanding you stop smoking but enforcing that you respect those around you who do not want to die of cancer. Learn something for once, please.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

no because

They should start off with the drinking and driving and not worrier about the smokers if the none smokers dont like well its to bad its not there life its our life its our health YOU SEE MORE PEOPLE KILLING OTHER PEOPLE BY DRINKING AND DRIVING AND JAY WALKING HOW ABOUT STARTING DRINKING IN THE PARKS AND ON THE ROAD WHERE THE SMOKERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE THERE BUT YET WE WILL GET FINED WHY DONT THEY WORRIER ABOUT CARS BUSES FIRETURCKS ITS ALL POLUTION THAT WHERE WE ALL GET SICK FROM IS THERE POLUTION ITS NOT THE SMOKERS AND DRINKING AND DRIVING CAUSE LIVER FAILER THE GOVERNMENT is total wrong about the smokers the GOVERNMENT SHOULD THINK ABOUT THE DRINKING AND DRIVING AND THEY USED TO SAY FREE CANADA WHERE BULLSHIT THE MOST NONE SMOKERS ARE VICTIMS OF ALCOHOALISIM ANYWAYS THEY SHOULD PUT THIS ON FACEBOOK AND SEE WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE SMOKER CAUSE THERE IS MORE SMOKERS THEN NONE SMOKERS

ALINE CHARBONNEAU

they are buses, cars, trucks, suttles, airplanes they should put a ban on those things stand out side in the moring take a good wiff that is killing us smoking is only 1 % of what is killing us

Yes because...

I would like to start this counter-debate by saying you see more drunk driving deaths than smoker deaths because news reporters report car accidents, not cancer victims.

Secondly, Please, do some research: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/

I would like to quote: "More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined"

Third, id like to inform you that your debate being typed in random caps is making me feel you don't really understand much of what you're talking about. Debating in a naive way only makes me feel as if your information is built on opinion alone. Well, maybe it's also your lack of periods and questions marks. You dont have any end to sentence and its difficult to follow.

None-the-less smoking is killing people, like it or not. Your free canada is the cleaner air. In regards to buses, cars, trucks and the sort, what has a better purpose? Cigarettes for cancer of vehicles for transportation? Not only that, but arguing the way you are could only result in the loss of something else thats great.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

SHS is a fraud!

The only people that concern themselves with other peoples smoking are either those that stand to make a buck from sales of snake oil or mindless automatons that believe what they are told. SHS does not cause cancer. It does not cause heart attacks. It does not cause asthma attacks. If you believe any of those, you are simply a useful idiot. EVEN IF IT DID...Lets suppose that one tenth of one percent of the population were actually vunerable. (In truth, the real truth, you are 4 times more likely to die from a meteor impact than SHS; but I digress) Should a business owner who has taken all the risk of opening a business that caters to the 99.9% be forced to cater to the 1/10%? The world is a rough place cupcake. I didn't cause your problem, so I am not obliged to bankrupt myself to cater to you. Don't like the smoking? Leave and good riddance!

Yes because...

Are you one of those people that are like "hmmm i don't believe this though they did a study and i didn't"? because thats what you're saying.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

No - it should not be banned in places people CHOOSE to go

If by public places you mean any place where people are obligated to go, I can see banning it for the comfort of all concerned. Such places would include any publicly funded building e.g. libraries, post offices, government offices etc... But in privately owned businesses where people CHOOSE to go like restaurants, bars, cinemas, malls etc... NO! Smoking or non-smoking should be no one else's choice but the owner's. Don't like the owner's choice, don't go.

Yes because...

Making the non-smokers struggle though their days just because a smoker can't put down their addiction for an hour or two only shows how weak cigs really make you, it proves the point that they should be banned from public places.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

I am from the south and i smoke 4 packs a day in public places no one cares so to all u people ill puff in ur face

It true

Yes because...

This is not an argument it is a statement of fact (or otherwise). In fact it is more of an argument for proposition as it shows that smokers do not care about the effect they are having on others and indeed wish to exacerbate the problem by 'puff[ing] in [yo]ur face'. If this is the case then legislation is necessary to prevent them being a public nuisance.

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

Because its a free country!!

Its our choice if we wanna harm ourselves not yours!

Yes because...

Only if you a, dont harm others by ever smoking near to them and exposing them to second hand smoke and b, pay for your own healthcare (or rather pay as much as you take out of the healthcare system).

Should smoking be banned in public places?
No because...

smoking don't necessarily have to be banned

there are areas where smokers can smoke , so they don't have to ban it. some people that smoke should know that if you see other people standing around then they must have respect and go and smoke somewhere else. Non-smokers should also have a brain and think that if you see some one smoking then walk away or ask them if they can stand and smoke some where else. but in-hailing other peoples smoke can be irritating.

Yes because...




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NotLikeYouCare

I think this debate is a very good one.
Personally, I am more towards the “smoking should be permitted” side. I don’t see any reason why a person can’t enjoy a smoke every now and again. Yes, yes, it’s bad for you. But so is McDonalds. ;) And yes, second-hand smoking is no joke. But are we in the United States going to take away yet another right of the American people? Does it make sense for our local governments to begin banning smoking tobacco and begin to permit marijuana possession?
I’ve never smoked in my life, and I got brochitis as a small child from second-hand smoking. Yet I still believe that the American people do have a say on whether or not they can smoke in a public place.

Raquel Lindo

Smoking should be prohibited in public areas for many reasons. 1) 53,800 people die of second hand smoke each year in the United States 2) Dangerous for the smoker and peoples around. The people around can get lung and heart disease and asthma and other health issues. 3) Influences young children who see people smoking. 4) Bad for the environment. We already have so much pollution in the air why should we add to it.

Solution:
The best solution to solve this problem is to never even start smoking no matter what your environment is. If you have already started try to quit ASAP! But if you just cannot quit try switching over to electronic cigs with the water vapor. The electronic cigarettes are sooooo much better for the smoker, people around, and the environment. Electronic cigarettes do have nicotine, which is what gets you addicted, and also has different flavors. I have heard that you can smoke the electronic cigarettes just about every where. In addition, you can lower the amount of nicotine as you progress, this is a good way to slowly quit smoking.

jenny

a) I imagine the 53,800 people you state who die of second-hand smoke each year are not dying from the highly diluted smoke they occasionaly inhale from outdoors smoking. They are probably living with smokers who smoke in their own house or car where the smoke is concentrated. So banning smoking outdoors is more of an “I don’t like the smell, so it should be illegal,” than a “I got a whif of cigarette smoke today and I will probably die from it! Ban smoking everywhere I may be or pass by.” b) Young children are indoctrinated in school that smoking is horrible. If they start smoking when they are older, it is more because they think it is a “tough” or “rebelliously cool” thing to do, NOT because they are ignorant of the health risks. And it is already illegal for minors to smoke. There are fewer and fewer smokers to over-tax these days, so it’s only a matter of time before that tax revenue source will be shifted to the growing overweight population who far outnumber smokers and over-tax the health care system more. With the national health plan going into effect, there is certain to be more and more finger pointing and regulation.

jenny

So is waddling into an Italian restaurant and consuming 3500 calories worth of refined carbohydrates and 3 days worth of saturated fat. But so far it isn’t against the law even though the resulting heart attacks and 50 percent increase in diabetes is a terrible thing. Your point is????

hamish

i agree but since when did that ever hurt anyone else…? besides the fact that waddling into an italian restuarant …; stimulates the economy.
if a ban on smoking is against the rights of a person to enjoy themselves, well second hand smoking is against the rights of all non-smokers because they cant enjoy themselves. sure they can go somewhere else but then they aren’t truly enjoying themselves because they are not in the place they wanted to be originally, eg if i was at my favourite bbq area and a smoker settled himself near to me; should i move…? or tell him to stop or smoke somewhere else? also my neighbour smokes often near our fence and playing games outside im often driven inside because of the cigarette smoke wafting over the fence. there should be a ban on smoking anywhere that others could be affected by it.

jenny

So should wearing perfume. It gives me a headache. So should yelling at your children. It makes me uncomfortable and stressed. So should recreational driving. It makes the air I breathe dirty. And did you know that eating beef contributes to air pollution more than anything else? Prohibit eating beef. Chickens are more efficient.

#ohiostatefan

I HATE THE PERFUME PEOPLE WEAR! It makes my nose hurt.

Eagletje

Prevent people from getting cancer, polluting the

atmosphere? I think you need to look at the

industry/factories, traffic etc for that, smoking isn’t

really the reason for the biggest pullution. Every single

one of us has a cancer cell and and in fact we don’t know

what activates it, it can be chemically treated food you

eat, it can be lemonades you drink, nailpolish or aftershave you use..so many things

including smoking yes but not as the only and biggest of

reasons. Some people get cancer and they have never been

anywhere close to cigarette smoke. This is against human

rights or there need to be arranged proper comfy places at

work for the smokers to have their pauses or have their

dinner or do their shopping in. Smokers have the same

rights with the same price for healthcare and education etc as non smokers do.

Anonymous

I’ve never seen such selfishness in my life. This solipsistic mindset is getting out of hand.

Is any of the “no” sayers aware of secondhand smoking ?

My throat has been aching for about 4 days. I keep discharging heavy amounts of yellow-dark green mucus and phlegm, because the debris from a cig I haven’t put in my damn mouth still haven’t left my lungs yet.

My voice is -temporarily- gone. I have to carry napkins around with me every time, I can’t sleep due to lungs constriction, my asthma is exacerbated etc.

All this for what ? I’m punished for something I’ve never done, and I’m told to put up with that because people can do whatever they want ?

Sure you can do whatever the hell you want. Want to kill yourself ? Ok. Want to harm yourself ? Ok. But do that in private or places with like-minded people.

I’m not going to stop going outside because my life is endangered every time someone takes a puff in public.

#ohiostatefan

I think that smoking should be banned because the non-smokers don’t have to suffer from smoke because of smokers.

John

Yes we deserve our rights of choice. But the people’s choices don’t just affect themselves. Far too many people are in financial crises. To plus to that smoking has an impact on people’s athletic ability and life threating cancers. Although smokers can smoke for 40 years, quit and have no affects, but far too many are killed from cancers. Around 5,300 deaths were contributed from smoking in NSW, Australia alone (2007). One quarter of NSW school students say they have smoked at least once, 17% say they have smoked in the last year, and 7% say in the last week. In my school I know 10 kids who smoke twice a week. As for second hand smoke more than 600,000 NON-SMOKERS die each year a third of which are children. In Australia alone 2.7 million people smoke. This may not seem like much and this is because people are starting to smarten up and do the research. Here is a small list of the cancers created from smoking; lung, larynx, mouth, throat, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix. Some people say that we don’t know what causes cancers but we know smoking contributes greatly. Along with this we have cardio diseases like hypertension (which is high blood pressure), congestive heart failure (weakened heart muscles), coronary heart disease (narrowed arteries), blocked blood vessels, and the one of the biggest killers, stroke. Smoking during a pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, asthma, premature birth, learning and behaviour problems, and difficulty maintaining pregnancy. Even though we have all these affects people are still smoking. In a cigarette there are more than 4,000 different chemicals some of which some people find addicting but think of the other 250 chemicals which harm people. Yes everyone has a right to make a choice, but every choice should be the right one. My generation needs to be shown the right choice to try to get this out of our society.

Diti

They should ban bars and pubs as well. Too many deaths are caused by alcohol. The entire idea about going to a bar is to smoke and drink. Drinking and smoking is a social thing. Remember the american way of life means spending more on tobacco and alcohol than for food.

Johnny Aitken

Yes am worried sick of losing my family through it , its already taken away my brother. Its a disease, its poison, get rid of it everywhere, smokers will thank us for it in the end, after all what good is it doing them? None but they can’t see it as its taken over them and controls them they know they cant give up and are kidding themselves on if they think they can. They should be forced to give it up for the good of everyone.

ANON

I’m sorry to say and I’m not trying to be offensive and I’m sorry for your loss but your family members chose that way to die. I used to smoke and I had absolutely no problems quiting on the spot for good. It’s all about self control and getting a grip. It’s as easy as drinking a cup of water if that’s what you REALLY want for yourself. Most people say they would like to quit and put no effort into their words. It’s all about the mind control your mind and you control your life don’t let your life control you.

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