Smoking in Public Places Essay

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Why Smoking Should be Banned in Public Places.
His bald head rests on a pillow. His bones from his cheeks and shoulders protrude under his skin. His mouth is open, but he cannot respond to his mother, wife or three-year-old son anymore. Doctors say there is no hope for Bryan Lee Curtis, a lung cancer victim. He started smoking when he was 13 years old and he never imagined that 20 years later, smoking would take his life away, leaving his wife and child alone. ‘’I can’t fight anymore’’, Bryan said to his mother on that cold rainy afternoon when his life was taken. Five hours later, Bryan died diagnosed with lung cancer and cirrhosis. (Laundry. 2). Stories like Bryan’s are told every day because of this distasteful habit called
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The hazardous smoke that cigarettes produce affect children, elders, and young adults. These people, the ones who are around smokers, are called ‘’second-hand smokers’’ or ‘’passive smokers.’’ Some of the effects that the second-hand smoke produces are worse on passive smokers than on actual smokers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, ‘’ Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Some of the health conditions caused by secondhand smoke in adults include heart disease and lung cancer’’ (CDC Government). The National Research Council directed in the United States said that ‘’Passive smoke is considered a stronger pollutant than the direct smoke. Chemicals found in smoke such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon and 4-aminophenyl are much stronger when second hand smokers inhale them ‘’. (Fagerström 2.) Second-hand smoke is deadly and some regulations must take place in order to prevent diseases and save lives.
It is well known that smoking is bad for everybody, but is the government trying to find new solutions to this problem? Some smoking bans in several countries have been shown to have’’ an impact on smoking habits.’’ In Japan, for example, a plan named ‘’Healthy Japan 21’’ was presented in 2000 (Healthy