Cigarette Smoking

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For a long time now many people have different views about smoking inpublic places. Smokers feel it is their right to smoke where and when theywant. On the other hand non-smokers feel smokers violate their rights and endanger there life. Smoking causes heart disease, lung cancer and otherserious illnesses. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lungcancer. A substantial number of lung cancers that occur in non-smokers canbe attributed to involuntary smoking. There are some parts in the UnitedStates where you can smoke in public places, on the other hand in New Yorkthere are designated areas. While some people feel that smoking in publicplaces should remain since it is their right, smoking in public placesshould be banned because second-hand smoke will endanger non-smokers healthand it pollutes the environment . Smokers feel they have had the right to smoke in a public place for solong that it should not be taken away. Resturants and businesses should beallowed to set their own smoking rules, based on demands of the customers.Also business may decrease if they do not allow smokers the right to smoke,ecspecially bars and restaurants. The work place is another problem forsmokers, now they have to go outside even in the winter to have acigarette, even though they used to be able to smoke inside.A strongsupporter on smokers rights is Democratic Assemblyman Dick Floyd, whowanted to vote for a controversial smokers right bill. He feels it is not a smoking bill, it merely protects the people who use legal substances suchas tobacco and alcohol in their homes from job discrimination. However, smoking in public places is a danger to non-smokers healthfor the reason of passive or second-hand smoke. The public does not realizethe significant hazards of passive smoking. A U.S environmental protectionagency stated second-hand smoke is the third major cause of lung cancer inthe United States. The simple separation of smokers within the same airspace may reduce, but does...
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