The Argument for Smoking Bans for Public Places

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“Sally died last night” were the words that awoken a local doctor in the middle of the night. Sally was a young woman who was a physical education teacher who was devoted to her students and also worked at a local bar at night. At both jobs Sally was praised for her hard work and kindness. She loved everything about both her jobs except the smokers at the bar. For a very long time Sally had begged the smoking customers at the bar to smoke outside but they did not listen. One night while Sally was really choked up she decided to leave early from work. The next morning after never showing up to school police and paramedics went into her locked apartment to look for her. They found Sally lying there, dead, she had completely choked up and stopped breathing. After never smoking a cigarette, Sally had died with the same conditions an avid smoker would have. (secondhand 1) Smoking in public places has become a heated topic in which everyone has an opinion on. In 1969 cigarettes have had a health warning label on the package, in 1972, a general surgeon published, The Health Consequences of Smoking, discussed the potential adverse effects of secondhand-tobacco smoke, now to date many states have banned many smoking in public restaurants and bars. Many feel that smoking in public places has a negative effect on everyone around; even those who do not smoke. Banning smoking will save the lives of smokers as well as non smokers and the government should continue to ban smoking in public places. Smoking has been banned in many public places. Minnesota was the first state that banned public smoking by enacting the Minnesota Clean indoor act in 1975. Under this act resturants were required to have nonsmoking sections and exempted bars. The nex... ... middle of paper ... ...Smoking bans in public places can save the lives of smokers and non- smokers. Works Cited ProQuest Staff. "At Issue: Smoking Bans." ProQuest LLC. 2013: n.pag. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 07 Jan. 2014. Stobbe, Mike. "Anti-Smoking Battle Moves Outdoors; Bans Increase." Augusta Chronicle. 08 Aug. 2013: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 08 Jan. 2014. Szabo, Liz. "Smoking Bans Cut Number of Heart Attacks, Strokes." USA TODAY. 30 Oct. 2012: A.4. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 08 Jan. 2014 "Study: Bans on Smoking Cut Preemie Births." Chicago Tribune. 17 Feb. 2013: 28. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 08 Jan. 2014. Kim, Mi Won. "Up in Smoke." Scholastic News 1. Nov. 18 1994: 1-2. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 08 Jan. 2014. Alcindor, Yamiche. "E-Cigarette Bans Considered Across the Country." Gannett News Service. 20 Dec. 2013: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Jan. 2014

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