If we leave this problem as it is, we will be adding to death tolls, poverty and higher taxes.
It is a war between the people who care and the people who do not, which are cigarette companies, smokers and the business that profit from it.
Which side are you on and what are you willing to do about it?
Smoking should no longer be allowed in public places as they are for everyone to use and enjoy and everyone has a right to breathe clean, fresh air and have a lower risk of lung cancer.
Millions of nonsmokers all across the globe are in danger of serious health risks because of smoking, banning smoking in public places is the only rational way to avoid such risk.
Smoking is the number one leading cause of preventable death.
This killer is responsible for painfully taking the life of just under a half million people a year according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov; 2014) People that choose not to smoke have to bear significant health burdens by inhaling the toxic fumes of the smokers by sharing the airspace.
This airspace needs to be regulated and shared equally.
Smoking in public has many problems associated with it, ranging from health concerns, societal issues to even the illicit trade of un-taxed tobacco.
Secondhand smoke is a combination of sidestream smoke, which is smoke that comes from the burning end of cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, and mainstream smoke, which is the smoke exhaled from the smoker. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2014), there are over 7,000 chemicals in secondhand smoke and 70 of those are linked to cancer.
I agree that smoking should be banned in public areas because it should not be allowed at all.
It is an expensive drug that kills the user as well as innocent bystanders.
Despite having special places for smokers in some public places, the smoke cannot be divided by a four feet tall divider or a couple of feet in between smokers and non-smokers in a forty by forty square feet room with a ten feet high ceiling.
When people say yes to smoking in public places, they are saying yes to air pollution, higher poverty levels, higher medical expenses and most importantly, their own deaths.
We have banned drinking and driving because it affects us but we have not done anything about smoking.
In case no one noticed, lung cancer is one of the most prevalent causes of death in the world and while it can be caused by a number of different factors, it is mostly the effect of cigarette smoking that lines the lungs with tar and nicotine.
Second hand smokers are more affected because second hand smoke is fetal and hinders growth and development in children.
Many people are allergic to the smoke and are seriously bothered by the smell.
We complain about higher medical costs and taxes yet we do not see that children and asthmatics often need medical care more than they should because of smoking around them.
It is also expensive for the user as it is a costly habit which affects the family's budget.
People that live with smokers increase their chance of getting lung cancer from twenty percent to seventy percent.
Children are the ones most harmed by secondhand smoke.
For them the issues can start in the womb, they can develop a type of liver cancer during gestation.
Pregnancies are tougher when exposed to secondhand smoke, lower birth weights, premature deliveries, and even miscarriages can be a product of indirect contact. Everyone has been touched by secondhand in some fashion, nearly every adult has walked by a crowd of smokers and had to breathe in the contaminated air.
These are just a few of the ill health effects of being exposed to secondhand smoke, and how harmful it can be Anninos, H., & Manolis, A. Science and health professionals agree it is time for a change, the trick is how to make the change. They applied the Coase Theory to the subject of economic impact of smoking bans.
Smoker often wonder why they have to sign up for public assistance but if they count all the money that they could receive if they put all the money they spend on cigarettes in a savings account, they may turn out to be millionaires.
Also, businesses can get advantages if smoking is banned in public places as more people would come into the store and patronize.
The people who smoke are slowly killing themselves, and innocent bystanders.
We discourage people from jumping off buildings and from shooting themselves, yet we allow them to slowly kill themselves.
Do not forget that we also die as a side effect of second hand smoking.
Why do we not let people commit suicide when we allow others to slowly kill themselves and other innocent people?
Each one of us owns our bodies and has the choice to put what we choose into it but we do not have the right to poison others.
Most people also do not enjoy having their clothes or hair smell bad just because people smoked around them.