Should Smoking Be Banned Public Places?

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In America, there are many cities and states that have implemented a ban on smoking indoors in public areas because of the health effects caused for non-smokers. What isn’t considered, though, is that any amount of secondhand smoke is dangerous to a non-smoker, and not banning smoking outside public places can also be dangerous to non-smokers. Secondhand smoke can cause major cardiovascular problems including heart disease and heart attacks, it also has many negative side effects on children. Smoke free bans should be implemented in all public places, including sidewalks in populated areas to protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke, because secondhand smoke causes dangerous health problems in non-smokers that could possibly result in death. Smoking in outdoor public places should be banned to protect the safety and health of those who have chosen to stay healthy by not smoking themselves. Second hand smoke has been proven to cause a development of heart disease or lung cancer in non-smokers (“Conversation Begins on Smoking Bans in Campbell”). Even though most people believe that since they are outside it cannot harm another person, they are wrong. There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke for a non-smoker, the smallest amount could actually cause health problems (Cherney). A study showed in a community that had placed a ban on smoking not only in restaurants, but also in bars and workplaces, resulted in a 15% drop in heart attack hospitalizations (Szabo). There are many studies in different states showing this great of a result when a smoking ban was placed indoors. If public places, for example on college campuses, placed a ban on smoking outdoors in non-designated areas it could possibly result in a greater drop in heart a... ... middle of paper ... ...bans have proven to positively affect non-smokers and shouldn’t be seen as unconstitutional. The point of this isn’t to take away all smoking rights, just banning in it populated public places. Smokers should have a designated smoking area everywhere and not be allowed to smoke anywhere else outside of that area. K-12 school properties ban smoking from anywhere on the premises, yet college campuses are “free-game” for a smoker, when a majority of the students enrolled at most colleges are non-smokers. It is said to be unfair by non-smokers that smokers are allowed to smoke anywhere around them when they are outdoors. Smoke free bans should be implemented in all public places, including sidewalks in populated areas to protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke, because secondhand smoke causes dangerous health problems in non-smokers that could possibly result in death.
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