Should Cigarette Smoking Be Banned? Essay

1141 Words Apr 17th, 2013 5 Pages
Biology 101
Should Cigarette Smoking Be Banned?

Should there be a ban on cigarette smoking in the United States? Since cigarettes were introduced to Americans, questions have been raised concerning the legality of smoking and if it should be allowed everyone, in public places, or not at all. Recently, with the increase knowledge in cost and healthcare, the controversy with cigarette smoking has significantly risen. Across the country, states have banned smoking in public areas and inside buildings. Some citizens agree with the new laws, while others feel it is a violation of rights. Continuing to ban cigarettes in public areas and buildings, but allowing smoking in designated areas, such as personal vehicles and homes, is a
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(Nady el-Guebaly, Janice Cathcart, Shawn Currie, Diane Brown, & Susan Gloster, 2002) An analysis on public health and smoking bans performed tests in mental health institutions by completely and partially banning smoking in and outside facilities. (Nady el-Guebaly, Janice Cathcart, Shawn Currie, Diane Brown, & Susan Gloster, 2002) Behavioral responses were the most significant worry and outcome with the nicotine withdrawal in patients. (Nady el-Guebaly, Janice Cathcart, Shawn Currie, Diane Brown, & Susan Gloster, 2002) Some patients became aggressive towards staff and fellow residents while others spiraled back into depressive mindsets. (Nady el-Guebaly, Janice Cathcart, Shawn Currie, Diane Brown, & Susan Gloster, 2002) However, if residents were only permitted to smoke in designated areas, they did not go through nicotine withdrawal and other nonsmoking staff and residents were not exposed to the dangers or temptations of second-hand smoke. (Nady el-Guebaly, Janice Cathcart, Shawn Currie, Diane Brown, & Susan Gloster, 2002) Therefore, by allowing smoking in designated areas in society, current smokers still have their rights and privileges while nonsmoker do as well. The other side of the compromise plays a key role in the controversy of banning smoking, the nonsmokers. Commercials and antismoking advertisements show the consequences to the smokers themselves, but nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke are affected and in

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