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stsf | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 6, 2011 at 1:59 PM via web

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SHOULD SMOKING BE BANNED IN PUBLIC PLACES?

Give your opinions to either support or go against the issue.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:18 PM (Answer #2)

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I certainly like the fact that smoking is banned in pretty much all enclosed public places.  It is very nice not to have to endanger my health when I go into a public building.  I think that it is justifiable to do this because it is not simply a matter of preference, but one of health.  Since Person A's smoke can harm Person B's health, A should not have the right to smoke in public.

I am less sure about banning smoking in open air settings, especially those where people are moving (as opposed to at a sports event where people are sitting in one place and can't get away from the smoke).

So, I approve of bans for the health of people who don't smoke. Public places where nonsmokers would be exposed to smoke for significant amounts of time should be smoke free.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM (Answer #3)

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Open spaces such as parks are fine and smoking shouldn't be banned in those places. But in enclosed, smaller, indoor spaces smoking should be banned or either in its own separate section. Second hand smoke is very dangerous. And now studies show that 3rd hand smoke (residue left on the clothes of someone who was around smokers) is also dangerous especially to babies.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM (Answer #4)

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It is a difficult thing to say that just because it is dangerous to others we should ban it.  We don't ban driving even though it is incredibly dangerous to other people.


But I agree with a lot of what has been voiced here, indoors it ought to be banned and even at outdoor stadiums, etc. where people are packed in close together it should be banned.  But in a public park or something like that?  I find it hard to say that we should go that far.

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kristy5138 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 8, 2011 at 2:00 AM (Answer #5)

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The negative effects of second-hand smoke are more than enough to ban smoking in public. According to the National Cancer Institute, secondhand smoke carries at least 69 harmful chemicals related to cancer, and has been associated with various heart diseases, sudden infant death syndrome, ear infections, and asthma attacks in children. Most importantly, there is no such thing as a “safe level of exposure” to secondhand smoke. But to infringe upon an individual’s right to choose what he or she wants to do? That could bring up some serious issues. But overall, considering the fact that smoking rates are leveling off or declining in most nations, (although rates continue to rise in developing nations) the government should work to promote the banning of smoking in public.

 

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Posted April 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM (Answer #6)

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fally | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM (Answer #7)

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i believe that smoking should be banned in public places because why should non smokers be harmed by the people who are SMOKING????????????

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 29, 2011 at 4:31 PM (Answer #8)

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The argument above about driving being dangerous is poor logic. Smoking affect not only those who smoke, but it also affects those who have to deal with second hand smoke. Smokers choose to harm their health with smoking, but they do not have a right to allow their choice to harm my health. Yes! Public smoking should be banned.

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ziva-eva | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 29, 2011 at 7:15 AM (Answer #9)

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I am in favor that smoking be banned in public places as well, due to the fact that smoker stand right in front of the entrance of the location blocking the pass to those that going into the building...

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 10, 2011 at 1:29 PM (Answer #10)

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Yes, smoking should be banned in public places. It should also be banned in apartments and rental homes. Some people, such as the elderly and children, can become very sick when inhaling secondhand smoke. It seeps into carpeting, furniture and draperies. The smell and residue is very difficult to remove.
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StephanieRR | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM (Answer #11)

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I do think smoking should be banned in public places where there will be non-smokers mixed in. While it would be nice to just kick the activity of smoking out all together, I would be very surprised if anyone could convince people to pass a law banning smoking in apartments and the like, because while problems might occur after that smoker has moved out, that individual is responsible for his or her domain while living there, and so we move into the whole "personal rights" thing, which tends to tick off a lot of people. That's probably why people have only gone as far as compromises, like having rooms that are strictly for smokers or strictly for non-smokers. Referring back to public places, interestingly enough there are some laws in place in various regions that deal with smoking in public areas. Unfortunately, the big problem with these laws is they are never enforced. For example, in Washington state, the Smoking in Public Places law "prohibits smoking within twenty-five feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited." This is all well and good, but no one actually cares about this rule. People smoke directly outside of doorways and windows all the time, and there are conveniently placed ash trays right in front of many doors, like an open invitation to stop and smoke there. There is also a rule that if you smoke at a bus stop, you can't smoke inside the bus kiosks, yet I have sometimes been driven from my bench by people smoking inside or just next to it. You can call for laws until the cows come home, but if people don't report violations, or cops aren't around/decide there are more pressing matters to consider, it won't matter. It's a shame, because I would love to be able to walk outside of a building and not be assaulted by smoke.

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