The number of people who smoke has increased over the years. Although they are equipped with the knowledge of how unhealthy smoking can be, people still choose to smoke. It is a personal choice and a highly addictive habit, and it is not for the government or any third party to dictate whether or not a person should be allowed to smoke. However, smoking does not only affect the smoker, it also affects all the people around them. When people smoke in pubic the smoke travels everywhere through the air, and the negative effects of this smoke effects all living, breathing beings. Therefore smoking should be banned in all public places.
Smoking can be dangerous for those around the smoker. The social acceptance of smoking in public places demonstrates that many still do not consider secondhand smoke as dangerous to one's health as firsthand. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death, after active smoking and alcohol [Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1]. Also, secondhand smoke contains at least 250 chemicals known to be toxic, including more than 70 that can cause cancer (Boyle, 36). These studies have proven that second hand smoke can cause cancer, and is extremely bad for both the smokers and nonsmokers’ health. Secondhand smoke has been linked to heart and respiratory disease; lung, breast, cervical, and nasal sinus cancers; strokes and miscarriages. In addition, “The California Environmental Protection Agency estimates that secondhand smoke exposure causes approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths and 22,700–69,600 heart disease deaths annually among adult nonsmokers in the United States” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 442). In children, dangers include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), fetal growth impairment, middle-ear disease and respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia, and asthma attacks (Sims, 41). This means that just by being near people who are smoking, innocent people are dying of diseases that are...
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