In June 19, 1986, anti-smoking activists were trying to pass a bill in New York that would restrict smoking in restaurants and other public areas, the first major action ever taken by New York to prohibit smoking in some way. The New York Times reported that the proposal was asking all New York restaurants, convention halls, and sports arenas to have designated non-smoking sections. In addition to that, smoking in retail stores, theaters, taxis, etc. would be banned (Prial). The public was pretty skeptical about the bill. About one half of New York didn't think the bill will go through.
Fred Sampson, president of the New York State Restaurant Association, opposed the bill. He told the people, “We encourage people to install nonsmoking areas; we think that's the way it should be handled”. Former City Council president Paul R. Screvane also opposed the ban saying that he was opposed to putting a law in the books that couldn't be enforced (Prial). While restaurant owners opposed the bill, doctors openly supported it. Dr. William G. Cahan, a surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center along with Dr. Harold Freeman, chief surgeon at Harlem Hospital came out supporting the legislation over the recent death of a friend who died from lung cancer (Prial).
That all happened in 1986. Smoking has been around for generations, in fact, for centuries. So why ban smoking in public places? The public's view on smoking has changed...
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... grew even more in the year 2002; the year that scientists came to the conclusion that secondhand smoke was the cause of lung cancer in the majority of non-smokers.
Since April 2004, smoking is prohibited in restaurants, bars, etc. The United States is not the only one imposing strict regulations on this habit. In Australia, any form of tobacco advertising is illegal. Cigarette packs in Canada have warning labels such as "SMOKING KILLS", some cigarettes cartons also have pictures showing the lung of a smoker. There has even been a growing desire in the US to ban the sale of tobacco related products. With all these recent law suits, bills against smoking, health classes educating kids about the dangers of smoking, and advertising to prevent smoking that is currently happening, the future of these multi-billion dollar industries doesn't seem to be looking too good.
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