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 effort to reduce the risks of tuberculosis and control the use of tobacco products (Lin, et al., 2013, p. 3). The hazardous effects of smoking can cause more chances of Coronary heart disease in smokers and in non-smokers of all ages, which has been proved due to the findings of a public health study (Tolstrup, et al., 2013, p. 100). Through many studies, smoking in public can cause more than one type of health risks to people who do not even smoke. Also to ban smoking in public places will help smokers to either smoke less or perhaps even quit smoking (Pros Vs. Cons, p.1). In this case, the concept of banning smoking in public may help cut down the risks of disease or death in smokers as well. Coronary heart disease, lung cancer, and tuberculosis are just a few of the health risks secondhand smoke can cause and that is one reason why smoking in public should be banned The second reason that smoking in public should be banned is that many people who do not smoke do not like the disgusting odor that comes from cigarette smoke. Also the smell of smoke can cause a person who may have quit smoking to possible start smoking again. For some people it is hard to see or smell cigarette smoke even after years of quitting, however, some people find the smell to be repulsive. Some non-smokers experience an intense dislike from smelling other peoples' smoke and find it hard to believe that they could have ever found the idea of a lit cigarette to be appealing while others found it desirable to smell the smoke of a cigarette. Some found this tempting and for people who have previously smoked before this may cause them to relapse and smoke again while others found the smell offensive and not tempting at all (McRobbie, Hajek, & Locker, 2008, p. 1883). The smell of smoke can be quite offensive and if smoking were banned in public then non-smokers would not be forced to smell their smoke. Also a ban on smoking would reduce smoking activity at the workplace, therefore, if this occurs the...