The Smoking : The Ban Of Smoking Essay

925 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
The Smoking Gun: The Ban of Smoking in Public
In a country as great and free as the United States of America, rights are an important piece of the country’s foundation. When it comes to smoking in public, one must ponder, who is more deserving of the right? Is it the citizen who is for smoking in public or is for the citizen who is against it? While many people are convinced that it should be the right of a legal age smoker to smoke wherever they wish, smoking in public should be banned due to the fact secondhand and thirdhand smoke are just as dangerous as first hand smoking. In fact, secondhand and thirdhand smoke can be associated with numerous cardiovascular health risks, such as, lung cancer and acute myocardial infraction (AMI). Such risks can drastically be reduced if smoking in work areas and public places are prohibited (Meyers, Neuberher, and He).
Attitudes towards smoking in general have changed drastically over the last fifty years, however, the battle to segregate smokers from nonsmokers is relatively new. The history of banning smoking in public areas can be traced to the great state of California twenty-one years ago. The golden state was the first to implement smoking bans in bars and restaurants in 1994. According to the American Nonsmokers’ rights Foundation, as of July 2013, thirty-three states in the U.S. have restricted smoking in restaurants. Indiana is the most recent state to adopt the ban of public smoking. The Hoosier state made the…

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