Designated Smoking Areas Essay

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Limiting smoking in public areas is necessary to prevent exposing others to smoke, however it is not worth restricting the freedom of people who want to smoke. Those that smoke should be free to enjoy the same rights as the rest of the human beings around them. Opponents of this topic would say it is difficult to avoid being exposed to smokers that are in doorways or in a main public area. They are under the impression that even if smokers smoke in a designated area that it still affects them and causes them harm. Their opinion is that it is unfair to expose anyone to this danger and should be banned no matter if it violates the smoker’s freedom to choose. However, by prohibiting smoking in public areas and restricting it only to a …show more content…
They would also argue that the ban would be very beneficial to people that do not smoke at all by limiting exposure to the harmful chemicals released by cigarette smoke. The ban would help limit exposure, however doing so in a manner that impedes the rights of others is not justifiably alone. Anything that is harmful to our bodies such as soda, fried foods, car exhaust, and alcohol should be banned as well. There are multifarious risks encountered in day to day lives that are deemed acceptable. Government should not have to intervene to make ban everything harmful to us that also have specific benefits.
Opponents would also argue that research has proven cigarettes to be a leading cause of health issues and contributing factor in many deaths. Research has been conducted to determine if chemicals in cigarette smoke are harmful to the body and it has been found that they are indeed a contributing factor to other diseases and causes of death. Research has determined that exposure up to or around 30 minutes could cause fatal results in someone already struggling with a heart condition however, this is not any more risk than a dangerously fatty meal (Robson, 2009, p. 35). How a person exposes themselves to dangerous materials and risk is really up to the individual. There are many risks that we have to be cautious of, but it should ultimately be our decision if we

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