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There are a number of reasons for banning smoking in public places. First, such smoking endangers non – smokers, by exposing them to side stream or second hand smoke. Such smoke has been seen to cause dangerous ailments to the person who inhales it. Second, an undesirable example is set for the suggestible children, when smoking is permitted in public. Third, such prohibition enables smokers to discontinue smoking, thereby enabling them to lead a much healthier life (Khilawala).
Fourth, banning smoking had legal and moral basis, which has proved to be successful in preventing young adults from falling prey to this deadly habit. Fifth, the proscription of smoking in public places has made it much more attractive to visit a discotheque or bar. Finally, the forbidding of such smoking has significantly reduced the number of individuals with cardiac complaints (Khilawala).
There is consensus amongst the scientific community that smoking is extremely hazardous. It has now been confirmed that tobacco smoke results in cancer, cardiac ailments and strokes. However, it is essential to recognize that smoking harms the non – smoker, who happens to be in the vicinity of an individual who is smoking, to a much greater extent. Such passive smokers are at a considerably greater risk of contracting deadly disease (PROS vs. CONS).
Furthermore, the non – smoker is forcibly exposed to smoke; and therein lies the iniquity and inequity of this untenable situation. Therefore, there is every justification to call for and impose a total ban on smoking in public. This is essential, if passive smoking is to be prevented.
A recent report was categorical in declaring that approximately 440,000 denizens of the US die every year, due to the ill effects of smoking. Male smokers reduce their longevity, on an average, by 13.2 years; whereas, their female counterparts achieve a reduction of 14.5 years. The data on smoking reveals
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The paper opens the main reasons why people smoke and how it influence on the people around. After the growing popularity of smoking, increasing medical reports emerged as to the cancerous risks associated with smoking. Further evidence emerged that attested to even the dangers of second-hand smoke to have detrimental health affects.
However, there have been concerns on public smoking and its effects on other members of the public who do not smoke creating the need to understand both sides of the concerns. Background of the public smoking concern, as mentioned earlier, goes back to as early as documented 1590 when the then pope cracked down on the use of tobacco.
However, the carrying of any tobacco product may also come under legislation against use of tobacco. Research shows that second-hand smoking causes the same health problems as first-hand smoking; diseases such as lung cancer, bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, and cardiovascular diseases plague both first-hand and second-hand smokers (SHEU, 2003).
It helps people relax, provides income for governments through taxes that contribute in many ways to the public purse". Introduction In the United States alone, it is estimated that almost 45 million people- or 21% of the adult population, smokes on a regular basis.
One in five of all deaths every year in the United States have been credited to smoking, killing more than AIDS, suicide, alcohol, car accidents, homicide, and illegal drugs combined (American Cancer Society, 2004). Bishop and Yoo (1985) declared that a surgeon's general report in 1964, regarding the knowledge of severe health affect of smoking, showed a diminution in cigarette sales.
To protect environment and nonsmokers, many state, county, and municipal governments have imposed clean indoor air laws that prohibit smoking in the majority indoor public spaces. In restaurants, long considered a support of resistance to voluntary restrictions, recent news accounts suggest significant changes.
According to the paper a smoking ban in all public places is a good method for both preventing new smokers from starting and helping existing smokers quit. This ban is necessary due to the health risks associated with smoking, the negative social aspects of smoking and the efficient administration of the law at the state or federal level. The health risks associated with smoking have bee known for many years but have only been widely accepted for the past few decades.
It is intended for health and medical practitioners and scholars, but may as well be used for general information. The article is a scientific paper that investigates the effects of public smoke bans on Canada and seeks to shed light on the much debated
That is why there are smoking bans in public places and smoke-free policies in workplaces. However, though these bans lessen the exposure of people to unhealthy smoke and at the same time lessen the amount of cigarettes a