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King Of Pain (kingofpain) wrote,
@ 2006-11-13 17:00:00
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    Smoking cigarettes is not just harmful to people who smoke them, but also harmful for anyone who is around them. Breathing in smoke from other people’s cigarettes is considered as a major health risk all over the world, and causes more deaths every year than many major diseases. Children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke are estimated to be about 1.4 times more likely to suffer from asthma symptoms than children who are not exposed.
    The problem is that people who smoke are considered to be a danger to society because their smoking causes harm to others, even if they are not aware. There is evidence that has been proven that smoking harms both those who smoke and those who are exposed to second hand smoke. Today smokers are everywhere. Do you remember the last time you went out and did not see a smoker nearby? Therefore the overall fact is that smoking is not healthy.
    Secondhand smoke is when smoke from a burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe is inhaled by non-smokers. Non-smokers who inhale second hand smoke are at risk of eye, nose, and throat irritation along with headaches, lung cancer, and it’s possible that the smoke may contribute to heart disease. Those children who are exposed to second hand smoke have an increased risk of getting bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, build-up of fluid in the middle ear, asthma symptoms, and a decrease in the lungs functioning correctly. Also smoke makes some people dizzy or light headed, and sick to their stomachs.
    My proposal is that I believe smoking should be banned from public places in Columbia, Missouri. Smoking is a dangerous habit that not only affects the smoker, but those around him or her. Banning smoking in public places will keep non-smokers safe. Is there a reason why they should be forced around second hand smoke? Furthermore, there are many states that have already banned smoking in public places. Now, all we need to do is convince each states government that hasn’t banned smoking in their state to do so. The reason why, is because smoking is dangerous to anyone who comes in contact whether it’s voluntary or involuntary. Therefore, by banning smoking in public places, health risks relating to smoke will decrease for those who choose not to smoke and will be exposed to clean air when indoor at a public place.
    To justify this situation, why should innocent people have to suffer through any serious side effects and uncomfortable circumstances that have to deal with second hand smoke? This is a free country where people can do what they want in out country regulations. People get upset when their rights are taken away. So, should nonsmokers have the right to enjoy clean air as much as smokers have the right to smoke? There should be laws to ban smoking in public places everywhere. These innocent people need to be protected. Those who are exposed to second hand smoke are breathing in about 4000 chemicals that contain arsenic, cyanide, carbon monoxide, methane, and sixty-three other chemicals which cause cancer. The tobacco industry has gone as far as trying to convince public places that they should use good ventilation systems to make the workplace healthier for everyone. But healthier for who? The tobacco company’s only concern is to sell their product which they make billions of dollars off of every year. But the fact is, ventilation systems cannot remove all toxins and cancer causing chemicals from the air. Only smoke free places protect people from the health dangers of secondhand smoke. Tobacco company’s make these myths about ventilation systems to keep the money flowing not from the clean air, but into their pockets. They know if people can’t smoke or work in a public place that will mean that is less money spent on cigarettes.
    In conclusion, studies have been shown that smoking and secondhand smoke will harm the health of people can cause death to those exposed to it. To permit smoking in public places may help people stay away from smoking. There may be people who will say they will lose business if this law is passed in their city or state. A ban could actually increase people going out because non smoking would be more comfortable. Also with the states taking a stand, it may cause people to take another look at the deadly factors of cancer sticks, also known as cigarettes.
    I believe that banning smoking in public places will benefit everyone. Nonsmokers will benefit because they are not exposed to unwanted smoke from other peoples cigarettes. Nonsmokers will be able to go in public places and not have the smell of tobacco stench on their clothes. In my experience when I go to a concert, I always come out smelling as if I were smoking all night. But in reality, I’m not a smoker so therefore, I don’t desire the smells of cigarettes like some people do. I also believe that those who do smoke will respect those who wish to stay away from cigarettes smokes and other tobacco related products. This law may even help smokers reduce the amount of cigarettes they smoke every day by not allowing it in public places. Therefore, to ban smoking in public places can be beneficial to anyone.

    If you’re smoking at a public place, and you throw a cigarette butt on the ground, you could possibly get in trouble for leaving. Also, if you don’t smoke, and you leave a public place that allows smoking, there is always a possibility that you could be stereotyped as being a smoker. With the recent issue of smoking within Columbia itself, such as the recent election where voters had to vote on raising the tax of cigarettes by 470%, or the fact that as of January 9, 2006, smoking will no longer be allowed in public places in Columbia. The Blue Note, a local concert venue which has been a place to smoke for avid concert goers for years, has already enforced this law as becoming a smoke-free venue, and it’s still November! In Omaha, Nebraska, if you even see someone smoking, whether it is indoors or outside, you are supposed to call 911 and report the person. The movie “Thank You For Smoking” even depicts the main character, who is a cigarette lobbyist, to convince people that smoking is not as bad for you as it sounds.

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