Cigarette Smoking Essay

697 Words Sep 26th, 1999 3 Pages
For a long time now many people have different views about smoking inpublic places. Smokers feel it is their right to smoke where and when theywant. On the other hand non-smokers feel smokers violate their rights and endanger there life. Smoking causes heart disease, lung cancer and otherserious illnesses. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lungcancer. A substantial number of lung cancers that occur in non-smokers canbe attributed to involuntary smoking. There are some parts in the UnitedStates where you can smoke in public places, on the other hand in New Yorkthere are designated areas. While some people feel that smoking in publicplaces should remain since it is their right, smoking in public placesshould be banned because …show more content…
A recent federal Environmental protection agency reported on thedangers of second hand smoke. They found this kills fifty-three thousand non smokers a year. By putting a smoke free policy into effect, it willsend a strong message about protecting health. Even though designated areasare set aside for smokers this does not really protect a non-smoker. Theheating and air conditions does not filter out carcinogens well enough andthe smoke drifts onto non-designated areas. Finally, if public smoking is kept legalized we will have majorproblems facing the environment. One problem is a lot of people are irritated by tobacco smoke. A man named General C.Everett Knoop released areport saying that passive smoking, when a non-smokers breathe smoke in anenclosed area, it causes as many as five deaths a year. Smoking in a publicplace is an air pollutant and it can damage health in a number of ways. Thefour major health hazards fall into air, water, and noise pollution. Airpollution can lead to various forms of respiratory disease. The mainproblem of smoking in a public place is indoor air pollution. Some of theseproblems that result indoor air pollution is building ventilation that hasbeen reduced to conserve energy, with the result that ventiliation issimply inadequate. Combustion by products from smoking tobacco haveproduced substances, smoke included, that contaminate indoor air. Theproblem effecting a person who is in a contaminated environment may resultin

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