Over the years, there has been much debate about the ethical concerns of second-hand smoke.

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Over the years, there has been much debate about the ethical concerns of second-hand smoke. Inhaling second hand smoke is an unavoidable consequence of being in the vicinity of smokers, exposing non-smokers to the same harmful chemicals as those who voluntarily engaged in it. While acknowledging the selfish nature of second hand smoking, governments in various countries like Singapore have put in place smoke-free laws that restricts smokers from smoking in certain public places ("Smoking prohibition," 2013). However, there are many outdoor areas, which the government cannot possibly ban as well, signalling that the ethical concerns of the smoke released from smoking cannot be eliminated. The introduction of e-cigarettes was intended to…show more content…
The duty ethics of government can be satisfied by being involve to support the safety and health of their community. As the FDA and other health organizations may recognize e-cigarettes as a cessation device in the future, it is necessary to implement measures that may be effective in addressing the possible ethical issues that accompanies the introduction of e-cigarettes in the market. Public restrictions Currently, many countries have smoke-free air laws that restrict smokers from smoking in most indoor and certain outdoor places. As e-cigarettes do not produce the carcinogenic toxins of secondhand smoke ("Secondhand vapor from," 2014), regulating agencies do not put such restrictions on e-cigarettes as well. This freedom of using e-cigarettes anywhere may give the public the impression that e-cigarettes are completely safe. In addition, allowing e-cigarettes users to engage in vaping openly might normalize smoking and is potentially capable of eliminating the existing stigma which society has on smoking. This may encourage nicotine addiction among non-smokers and even smokers that have
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