"Smoking in definition is the burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco." New York recently enacted legislation banning smoking in all public areas. This smoking ban benefits all members of our society, and should be passed throughout all fifty states. Not only is smoking harmful to the environment, it is also detrimental to the quality of human life. With this law being passed it will help protect citizens all over the Untied States of cancer, heart disease, and other respiratory health problems.
The New York State smoking ban restricts smoking in all public areas, which include: places of employment, bars, food service establishments, this includes enclosed indoor areas open to the public containing a swimming pool, public means of mass transportation, including subways, taxi cabs, and all public and private colleges, universities and other educational and vocational institutions. Smoking is permitted in but not limited to: private homes, private residences, hotels, and outdoor dining areas of food service establishments with no roof or other ceiling enclosure (___).
In the United States most recently an increasing number of states have banned smoking in common areas such as hotels, and bars. With eleven of these bans being in January of 2006, the United States is headed in the right direction if planning to make smoking in public areas illegal throughout the nation.
"California is at the moment the strictest of all states when it comes to this law. California prohibits smoking within 20 feet of any door or window of any government building within the state, including buildings owned or occupied by any government entity, including public universities, or public buildings leased to private firms" (___).
California has taken the smoking ban to a new level. The areas where you can smoke are extremely limited, which is causing much controversy.
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