Many people appreciate the health benefits of smoke-free air indoors, so it’s only normal that they want to experience those same benefits outside as well. It’s particularly true in circumstances where a large number of people work or congregate, resulting in high levels of exposure. Various states with smoke-free indoor air regulations have supplemented, extended, or are in the process of extending smoke-free safety laws in various outdoor public areas in light of new research knowledge and increased public demand (Wand, 230). This paper would suggest that smoking in public places is detrimental to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) because it is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. In addition, early childhood exposure to cigarette smoking increases the likelihood of developing lung cancer during adulthood. Public support and demand to work in outdoor places is also a reason why public smoking should be banned.
Pathos Supporting Points
Implementing bans on smoking in public places will enhance and promote healthier lifestyles for every person. Individuals will begin seeing it as a government endorsement towards embracing healthier lifestyles (merino, 30). This is due to the fact that the government will be sending a message that it cares about the health of its people by banning smoking in public places in addition that it is discouraging smoking lifestyles. Therefore, it will remind most people that health care is a critical issue by implementing bans in public places (Merino, 35). Regulatory laws on smoking will remind citizens that the state is seriously committed about the well-being of each and every individual (Merino, 35). Ultimately, they will be reminded about the health benefits of embracing healthy lifestyles.
Banning smoking in public places will ultimately safeguard not just the life of the smoker but also the public. Various research studies have established that second hand smoking results to many deaths annually (Joyner, 64). For instance, it results to sudden deaths among infants who acquire sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma attacks as well as respiratory infections. Besides, public smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer and heart diseases in both non-smoking and smoking adults (Joyner, 64).
Based on findings established by Centre for Disease Control (CDC), second hand smoking encompasses about 250 chemicals that are known toxics. Amongst the 250 toxins, 50 of these cause cancer (Wand, 28). Such studies have confirmed that second hand smoking is capable of causing cancer and that it has enormously negative health effects to non-smokers and smokers as well. According to statistics obtained from CDC, there is an estimated 22,700-69,600 deaths resulting from heart related illnesses and a further 3, 400 deaths from lung cancer annually among non-smoking adults in the United States (Wand, 40). In light of this, it is plausible to state that being near smokers in public places causes innocent people to die from diseases linked to send-hand smoking. This sad state of affairs violates the rights of non-smokers to be able to live a healthy lifestyle just by showing up in public places. When some individuals smoke in public places, innocent individuals are subjected to breathe toxic fumes (Wand, 40). As a result, against their will, the health of non-smokers who are innocent is jeopardized.
Logos Supporting Points
Individuals who smoke in public places portray negative or bad examples to children. Children are more vulnerable as they are easily influenced during their growing stages (Joyner, 67). They tend to imitate older people around them since they fail to differentiate between what is right and wrong. In this regard, they perceive the actions or behaviors around them as how things should be. In addition, young people especially teenagers who around smokers in public places take it as a precedent and begin smoking as well unaware of the health risks. It is only natural for most people to imitate the actions and behaviors of others as they see it during their lives. Most teenagers think that the act of smoking makes someone ‘cool’ (Joyner, 67). The ‘coolness of smoking’ belief is strengthened whenever they see adults smoke in the streets. Others have the assumption that smoking is like a mark of transition into maturity and adulthood. Therefore, many teenagers begin smoking as a result of the influence of seeing adults or other individuals smoke in public places.
Banning smoking in public places will discourage smokers to smoke and thus, they will smoke less (Merino, 74). Such stringent measures will force smokers to smoke only at their private residents or homes. This indicates that as long as smokers are out for work, movies, pubs, eat outs or at the parks, they cannot smoke. Consequently, they will be forced to wait until they reach their homes before engaging in smoking. This will mean that their smoking rates is going to reduce dramatically and that will result to health benefits, especially for individuals trying to quit smoking as they have more pressing reasons for not engaging in smoking.
Essentially, cigarette consumption is more likely to reduce because the law prohibits smokers from smoking in public places (Merino, 77). They will be forced to exert an extra quash towards the craving of smoking when confronted with the urge to smoke in public places. Additionally, there will be less temptation considering smokers who have made decisions to quit after the enforcement of the public smoking ban as they will not be offered any cigarettes by anyone. Therefore, such individuals will be forced to learn how to abstain from smoking as proven through England’s case where, there about 400,000 individuals who quit smoking after the introduction and enactment of public smoking ban (Merino, 79). There is more likelihood that public smoking ban will result to immense benefits towards smokers as it will not only reduce the amount but also the frequency of engaging in smoking activities. Moreover, such a ban could support them break any developed or developing additions to cigarettes. In the end, it will help them develop healthier lifestyles by quitting smoking.
Outdoor places such as restaurants, bars and patio are areas and workplaces where many people are closely congregated. These are avenues that should be addressed as smoke-free and smoking in these places should be banned. Individuals associating in outdoor areas are near secondhand smoke for longer or extended periods of time such as diners on patios or wait staff. Consequently, they can be exposed to levels exceeding the limit established by the EPA regarding the fine particular matter pollution.
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