This is a controversial article against smoking in public areas.
That may sound harsh, but if one takes a look at what smoking does to others who choose not to smoke, the smoker will soon learn how selfish they are to be smoking in any public area.
It is true that some may enjoy smoking and even if it cost more money to continue the habit some would rather pay for their habit then eat food. Some like to smoke and claim to enjoy it and then later die of Cancer or Emphysema . Both are horrible sicknesses and a horrific way to die. And all for what purpose? To have a few moments of enjoyment for yourself and at the expense of others who do not smoke. How sad, because their selfish desire to smoke not only hurts their health but the health of others. And what about the smokers responsibility towards the harm he brings to others, even young children and babies?
Health magazine states: “82.4 per cent of smokers that were questioned, began smoking before they were 19 years old. Another study from this same Health magazine stated that one third of regular smokers had started smoking before they were 9 years old.” To me that is so sad. These children later in their life would have loved to quit but could not, they were already hooked. They seem to have seen their adult parents smoke and wanted to appear grown up and started to desire to emulate the tough, sophisticated world of adults around them. So for those who feel their smoking is their own business, think again, your example affects others and even your children.
May lean toward the medical personnel for guidance on smoking. These medical professionals surly would tell us if smoking is bad for us. Yet if one is to go to New York City and go past the Sloan Catering Cancer Hospital, you will see all the Nurses and Doctors outside the front of the Hospital, smoking their cancer sticks and laughing and smiling as if every thing is just fine. What are the facts? Have hospitals banned smoking. Medical World News said: ” Out of 7,200 hospitals in the United States, only 472 had made non-smoking areas, and 491 had banned cigarette sales. In fact, one hospital had reversed their decision because when they banned the cigarette sales their hospital gift shop sales declined.” Sales I guess are more important then their patients health.
Many place today have already banned smoking in public places. Many smoker don’t like that their smoking is being restricted. They feel that their freedom is being taken away from them. But like anything else smoking is an addiction. Drugs are an addiction and not allowed to be used freely. Knowing that smoking is an addiction to the nicotine in the cigarette, is it really fair or can this prohibition be justified? I personally feel that due to my research on this matter, I have to say that no one should be allowed to smoke in any public area. It is justified to ban it.