Smoking Bans

1275 WordsOct 5, 20176 Pages
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 16.8% of the population were smokers in the United States down from 42.4% in 1965, the first year the CDC started tracking that figure (“Trends in Current Cigarette Smoking Among High School Students and Adults, United States, 1965–2014” cdc.gov). Smoking bans are partially to thank in addition to education efforts for the plummeting number of smokers in this country, however, smoking bans in public parks should have no part in the effort to end tobacco dependency. Smoking bans in US public parks should be illegal because it would be extremely difficult to enforce, it limits individual liberties and ostracizes people, and the negative health impact to others outdoors is…show more content…
Sampson tampabay.com). In Raytown, Missouri, officials are considering labeling Wal-Mart a “public nuisance” due to the high crime rate it poses while the city receives no money from Wal-Mart in the form of tax dollars (Ian Cummings kansascity.com). Departments are increasingly trying to come up with ways to bridge the gap between budgetary concerns and high-quality service. One way they are doing this is predictive policing or Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). DDACTS allow departments to use geomapping to assist officers in identifying “hotspots” in the cities where they work to identify times and areas where enforcement would be most beneficial (“Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety nij.gov). Similarly, DDACTS can assist with staffing and scheduling weeks in advance to deploy the most officers during certain shifts (Holcomb and Sharpe 51). With the issues of budgetary concerns, officer retention, and the example of existing resources being diverted to one business in a community, who will be responsible for effectively enforcing an outdoor smoking ban in our public parks? The next issue with these bans is the lack of autonomy that Americans have in their own lives. Does the government really need to be making choices in people’s personal lives about personal
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