Smoking Bans Should Be Banned

2047 Words Dec 11th, 2014 9 Pages
If all smokers in the United States stopped smoking in 2006, 2.8 million premature deaths would be prevented between then and 2025 (Kliff). Also, the money spent on health would decrease by $211 billion in that same time period (Kliff). The health benefits of smoking bans are unquestionable, but the other aspects of it are arguable. A popular belief is that restaurants who ban smoking will receive a considerably lesser amount of money than restaurants that do not ban smoking because smokers will not go to restaurants that refuse to accommodate their customers. “The results of our naive specifications indicate that smoking bans have a large negative effect on restaurant revenues” (Fleck and Hanssen 61). Another argument that opposes smoking bans is that anybody is free to smoke anywhere and anytime they please, and that the practice of smoking bans will take away a person’s rights. These people believe that if a person smokes, it is their decision and right to do so, regardless of the health consequences (“In Defense of Smokers” 4).
Contrary to popular beliefs, it is statistically proven that smoking bans do not hurt or damage restaurants’ revenue; instead, they either neutrally affect a restaurant’s income or they actually boost it (Dai et al. 1-2). And although the arguments supporting the rights to smoke anywhere and anytime are irrefutable, the consequences that result from the decision to smoke in a public area are as convincing, if not more so. The environmental…

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