I support smoking bans. I am so happy a lot of countries are banning smoking in public places. I don"t smoke cigarettes but I grew up in a house of cigarette smokers. I am proud to say that tobacco smoking is one habit I did not pick up. I"m sure everyone has smelled that unpleasant odor of a cigarette, whether you are a smoker or not. The smoke you are inhaling is considered secondhand smoke, which is not good for you. "Exposure to secondhand smoke remains an alarming public health hazard" (Msn.com). I don"t understand how something that is well known to kill people is legal. Smoking has bad effects. Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause an individual to have an asthma attack. Preschool aged children are also at risk for new cases of asthma. Although smoking is a person"s right, it is also an inconvenience to us non " smokers being exposed to the dangerous risks of our health and our children"s health. Some smokers have no respect for non-smokers. Cigarette smoke is a well- known air pollutant. Secondhand smoke is when a nonsmoker involuntarily inhales cigarette smoke. Second hand smoke is just as bad as actually smoking a cigarette. Secondhand smoke can be very hazardous to a non-smokers health. "Secondhand smoke can cause harm in many ways. Each year in the United States alone, it is responsible for an estimated 46,000 deaths from heart disease in people who are current non-smokers, about 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non- smoking adults, worse asthma and asthma"related problems in up to 1 million asthmatic children, between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections (lung and bronchus) in children under 18 months of age, with 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations each year, and in the United States, the cost of extra medical care, illness, and deaths caused by secondhand smoke are over $10 billion per year" (Cancer.com). Some advantages of banning smoking in public places protect adults that do not smoke and/or their children.
I'm not going to attempt to argue against cigarettes being terrible for people. I too wish they were gone. However, I have a two prong argument: 1. As much as we all want to see people stop killing themselves, individual liberty it paramount. Government intrusion is already beyond words. They are involved in every aspect of our lives now. With the Government being just a little out of control at the moment, because it is ran by a bunch of sorority girls with no life experience, handing them anymore power is a bad idea. Not too mention,
2: If the Government bans something, all we effectively did is create a criminal enterprise. There is now a black market for cigarettes. Can you imagine that impact? The amount of people that smoke in this country? What would be the penalty? Your going to have 16, 17 year old kids with records because of cigarettes. You are going to tie down Police even more than they are with this ridiculous drug war we've been fighting for years.
Oh I forgot to mention even after all of that, people will still be smoking.
I can get behind the idea of non smoking areas in public places. But remember how much that would cost Nation wide. Who would pick up the bill? You better believe at. Payers will. I wouldn't be opposed to some sort of legislation that you can't smoke in certain areas or around children. But an outright ban would prove to be more harmful than anything.
i suppose you are right just as you probably have more knowledge then me for debating for i am just beginning but i don't even get why cigarettes are made. They harm/ kill people and sometimes the people who are addicted to them get aggressive or rude when they haven't had a smoke for a while. i myself have been a victim of the aggression and my mom would hurt me if she hadn't smoked for a while.