Should smoking be banned Should smoking be banned?

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Smoking should be restricted in certain places so as not to harm others, and there has been significant progress in this regard, but banning smoking outright, especially when someone does it in private is not advisable. After all, we supposedly have freedoms in the United States and Canada, although they are eroding.

Do we ban everything that can possibly do harm? I find that watching CNN, with their biased reporting, is harmful to me; therefore I choose to avoid the channel, or take small does of it when I can tolerate their reporting. It's all about personal freedom and making wise choices. If I decided to start smoking I wouldn't smoke around those who would be adversely affected by it. I'd do it in private and would cherish the freedom to do so.

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I agree with pohnpei too, as  I usually do.

However, one positive effect of complelely outlawing smoking would be to get rid of the justification that folks use for legalizing dangerous drugs. As in, "Cigarettes are worse for you than marijuana (or some other drug of your choice), so why shouldn't marijuana be legal?" I don't agree with that argument, but I see it in a lot among students who want to be able to feel ok about using drugs.

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Yes. When looking at a family member who smoked all her life and now, can barely take one step and is out of breath, and is on oxygen for the past five years, I think it is a devasting drug! This family member also has inoperable bladder cancer which if you look up causes of bladder cancer, cigarette smoking is the main cause! Many people think of lung, mouth and throat cancer when they think of cigarettes, but, it also leads to many other cancers.Emphysema  and COPD are other diseases due to cigarette smoking. I can think of no good reason at all for people to smoke cigarettes. Plus, second hand smoke is even more harmful to the non-smokers who are around the smoker!

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Personally, I am not as interested in individual rights when it comes to smoking because smoking has such an impact on a person’s health and everyone around him or her.  Secondhand smoke is dangerous, especially to people with breathing problems.  I don’t think cigarette smoking should be legal.

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I have to agree with pohnpei397 that it's wrong to ban something completely because of the harm it causes an individual.  People know that smoking is harmful to their health.  They must choose if they will take that risk or not.  There are many things we choose to do each day that might be harmful to our health but they are not banned.  Smoking should only be banned so far as it is harmful to others who are not making the choice to smoke.  I agree with the ban in my state which does not allow smoking in restaurants and other public buildings.  It does still allow smoking in private clubs and private bars as long as they have a smoking room with separate ventilation from the non-smoking areas.  Many of the hospitals and doctor's offices take it one step further.  They have non-smoking campuses.  A person wanting to smoke must leave the property completely.  This is done to protect those who are ill or who may have a medical condition (like asthma) that could be harmed by the cigarette smoke.  People have the right to choose whether or not to smoke, but they must give the same right to others.  If someone is smoking in an enclosed space like a restaurant, they are not offering other patrons the right to choose.  I wish the ban extended to children in cars.  Some states have banned smoking in a car with a child because the child has the right to a healthy, clean air environment.  The confined space of the car compounds the second hand smoke and endangers the health of the child.

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I agree with you, but perhaps it could gradually be banned as it intoxicates others as well as the smokers themselves. Smoking would still be practised illegally but at least people will have less access to it and will be forced to stop. I think they should be more help for people to stop. People have to somehow make it less desirable. Many youngsters start smoking because they think it is "cool" and because of peer presure but then can never stop. It is true that money from cigaretts is a big part of the government's income and I can not argue with that. I think for now we should settle for a compromise like #2 said.

I don't think that you can use the harm smoking does to others as a way to ban it in private.  If a person chooses to smoke on their own, away from anyone else, no one else but the smoker is harmed.  As far as banning it for the person's own good, that really leads to a "slippery slope."  What else would we ban?  Eating too much?  That's just as bad for you as smoking...

 

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This question is one which affects so many people and their rights as citizens.  Smoking should be banned in any inside space where other people must breathe the fumes.  Research has shown that second hand smoke can be as deadly to a person's health as being the smoker.  Allergies and asthma are on the rise because of smoking and air-tight buildings.  I vote for people being allowed to smoke but outside where it doesn't affect me.  For my husband, he is so allergic to smoke that even walking by someone smoking causes his asthma to flare up which can be deadly.  Also, the smoking ban we have in Minnesota should be throughout the United States, not just in a patch work of states.

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