Cloud of Smoke

Cloud of Smoke
How many people have been walking around in a public place, and been bombarded with a thick cloud of smoke surrounding them? The truth is, many of us have been in this situation. Rather or not if we like or dislike the fact, it happens. There is a way to prevent such an annoying and disruptive act. In light of this, cigarette smoking should be banned from all public places, such as restaurants, bars, clubs and even parks.
Smoking is one of the worst human habits that a person can pick up. Still, it is the choice of that individual, whether or not he or she smokes cigarettes. There is freedom of choice. As far as public places go, some do have an option of smoking or non-smoking sections. Yet, this might not be enough for some. These places do very little to separate the smoking and the non-smoking sections. There is usually only one room and the sections are divided by a small partition, sometimes none at all. This would be fine if smoke did not have a tendency to rise and float right over the low rise partition. So it is pointless to allow people to smoke in one part of a restaurant and not to allow it in another when eventually the nonsmoking section breathes in the smoke. Even though the choice is there, non smokers find it very difficult to avoid the smoke.

Secondly, smoking causes health issues. This is quite possibly the biggest concern of all in being around these smoke filled public places. Not only is it disruptive to the smoker themselves, but to the passive smoker, also known as second hand smoke. Studies conducted at the University Of California, Berkeley, School Of Public Health shows that spending just two hours in a smoke filled bar is equivalent to smoking four cigarettes. Two hours in a restaurant equals one and a half. Eight hours in the work place or office that allows smoking is equivalent to six cigarettes and living with a pack-a-day smoker in the home is equal to you smoking 3 cigarettes. Passive smoke is just as harmful to the body as first hand smoking.

It is not just nicotine that the cigarette gives out, but there are approximately 4000 chemical poisons such as benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide along with over 40 known cancer causing agents that passive smokers are exposed to ( 4). Cigarette smoke not only causes cancer but increases the risk of severe respiratory infections. This leads to the number one disease caused by cigarette smoke, lung cancer. The risk of getting lung cancer is ten times grater for people who smoke ( 3). If lung cancer is one of the largest killers in the Western world, then why is smoking allowed is such public places?

Smoking can also lead to several other health problems, even death. These problems include: throat cancer, risk of heart attack, liver and kidney cancer, as well as cancer of the stomach ( 4). Second hand smoke is linked to the deaths of at least 53,000 non-smokers each year ( Also it has harmful effects on that of a pregnant women?s baby ( Why should a smoke filled room at a restaurant or club be a leading cause in such horrible side effects? Those people that do not smoke should have a choice to breathe fresh air in their favorite public places.

Aside from the harmful physical consequences of second hand smoke, is the sheer discomfort that it brings. The men and women who visit these public places deal with the trouble of breathing in a cloud of smoke. Cigarette smoke is the leading source of indoor air pollution ( Also they endure red, itchy eyes. Sometimes their eyes even begin to burn. It becomes hard to breathe which can lead to coughing or even chronic coughing. Not to mention the smell that sticks onto your clothing and in your hair, it is not the most pleasant thing in the world.

Safety is a word that comes to mind when smoking is brought up. There are all sorts of hazards that come with cigarette smoking. Smoking is not only bad for your health. It?s also a fire hazard. Fires started by cigarettes cause one out of every five fire fatalities ( In fact, a report from researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical School says that smoking caused fires kills more young children than all other unintentional injuries combined. Almost every day, someone in America dies from a fire caused by a cigarette, and many of these deaths are toddlers, infants or the elderly. Smoking involves fire! That?s how the smoking process begins, each and every time. So there is a clear, obvious, direct, and precise correlation, between fires and smoking. So reducing the number of places that cigarettes can be smoked will indefinitely increase the number of lives saved.

There are many great effects of having smoke free public places. Mainly, this entails the people who work in these facilities. Smoke-free workplaces not only protect non-smokers, but they also create an environment that encourages smokers to cut back or even quit ( Smokers that face this banning in their place of work consume eleven percent to fifteen percent less cigarettes that average and quit at a rate that is eighty-four percent higher than average ( The biggest positive effect of the smoke-free public places is the health of the customers and workers. They will walk away a day healthier.

A big concern about banning smoking in public places is jobs, or lack there of. In the United States, smokers and hospitality businesses initially argued that they would suffer disastrously form smoking bans, with many of them going broke. However, the experiences of Delaware, New York, California, and Florida have shown that many such businesses do survive ( 2). Some also argue that there would be loss in profits because of loss in customers. The simple solvent to this dilemma is that in lack of customers who do smoke, new customers that enjoy the smoke-free environment will arise. Also a majority of the customers that do smoke are not likely to leave these places for good. There are several places such as airplanes or high end work facilities that do not allow smoking. These customers still take trips, travel and go to work regardless of the no smoking restrictions. Customers most certainly spend less time in one of these public places than they would say, at the airport and on a plane.

Another big concern takes us back to the early 1900?s, when such anti-alcohol laws were around. There became widespread drug trafficking which generated crime. People are afraid that these smoking bans will eventually lead to the banning of cigarettes all together, much like alcohol prohibition. This would be a lesser problem in today?s society. We have far better advancements in law enforcement, and well trained officers. Smoking bans would certainly not cause a problem today.

One of the major functions of our country?s legislation is to protect all Americans from being injured or killed as a result of the irresponsible and illegal behavior of others. There are specific laws in place to protect us from someone who drives recklessly or under the influence of alcohol and there are laws designed to shield us from those who may wish to harm us with violence. So there should be restrictions to ban smoking in public places such as restaurants, bars, clubs and parks. It is essential to the health and well being of mankind and everyone will breathe easier because of it. Life will go on, undoubtedly.

Cloud of Smoke 8.4 of 10 on the basis of 1939 Review.