Smoking In Public: The Reasons Why Smoking In Public Should Be Banned Nina Marie Maldonado
Smoking In Public: The Reasons Why Smoking In Public Should Be Banned
There are many reasons why smoking in public should be banned. The three main reasons to ban smoking in public are because of the health risks, offensive smell, and environmental risks that are the cause of cigarette smoke. Secondhand smoke is smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe that is involuntarily inhaled, especially by non-smokers (The American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, n.d.). In many public places smoking is allowed and is not fair because non-smokers are exposed to chemicals that can harm them internally and externally. Children for example, are chronic victims of secondhand smoke. The inhalation of cigarette smoke that can harm people nearby is called passive smoking (Pros Vs. Cons, 2007, p.1). Also cigarette smoke can make non-smokers agitated by the smell of cigarette smoke, which is not very pleasant. Also the environment is tainted by the hazardous chemicals, which can cause permanent scars on the earth. For the most part, smoking in public should be banned to help decreases its negative affects. First, smoking should be banned in public because of the health risks caused by secondhand smoke. Smoking in public causes health risks for people who come in contact with cigarette smoke. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of deaths caused by lung cancer, which can be prevented. There is an estimated 3,000 deaths related to lung cancer in non-smokers due to secondhand smoke (Hahn, et al., 2014, p. 156). Through a subgroup analysis, adolescents and young adults were more vulnerable to the risks and effects of secondhand smoke and a contagious bacterial infection, which attacks the lungs known as Tuberculosis or TB. While more studies need to be performed and confirmed, the young population is still at risks and there is an ongoing global...