The Need to Ban Smoking in Public Places: A Persuasive Essay

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Introduction The debate regarding whether or not to ban smoking in public places has been ongoing for quite a long period of time. While there are those who are opposed to the banning of smoking in public places, quite a number of studies conducted in the past have clearly demonstrated that second-hand smoke has serious health implications for nonsmokers. In this text, I concern myself with the need to ban smoking in public places. Smoking in Public Places In the past, there was a widely held assumption that cigarette smoking only harmed smokers. However, new research has indicated that those in danger also include individuals exposed to secondhand smoke. According to Hales, "even a little secondhand smoke is dangerous" (359). Thus in this case, the rationale for banning smoking in public places is largely founded on the need to protect nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke. As Medifocus notes, "each year, 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 62,000 deaths from coronary artery disease occur in nonsmokers and are attributable to environmental (secondhand) tobacco smoke exposure" (16). In such a case, nonsmokers should be protected from the adverse effects of secondhand smoke by banning smoking in public places. Secondly, allowing smoking in public places can be viewed as a violation of the rights of nonsmokers to fresh air. This is more so the case for asthmatic individuals. According to Adams, "environmental tobacco smoke is one of the most frequent triggers of

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