Speech on Tobacco Use

Speech on Tobacco Use
We all know that tobacco kills. In this speech, I want to tell everyone that tobacco kills non-smokers as well. Let us be clear about it. Second-hand smoke also kills. It is well documented through solid science that exposure to second-hand smoke causes cancer and contributes to various lung and heart diseases. It can cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses in children, and has been implicated in various other childhood diseases such as sudden infant death syndrome or middle-ear infections. Scientists agree that there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke. It should simply be avoided. Neither air conditioning nor separation of smoking areas completely clears the air.The best protection is not to be exposed to second-hand smoke at all, whether inside the home or outside. Reality however, is different. We are all exposed to second-hand smoke nearly everywhere we go; in cafes, in airports, in shopping centres, often in the workplace. In countries where there are no controls on smoking, people are exposed to it all day, every day. So are people who work in restaurants or bars. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 700 million, or almost half, of the world?s children are exposed to second-hand smoke. In spite of what science tells us, however, in many places it is considered so acceptable to smoke, and so rude and unaccommodating to protest, that we dare not speak out against second-hand smoke. The time has come for us to speak out. We have a right to breathe clean air. We have a right to good health and to protect our friends and family. We need to clear the air of second-hand smoke. Today, we are calling for a ban on smoking in public places. Such a ban offers a comprehensive solution to keeping the air clean and safe for all people, both smokers and non-smokers. It puts the emphasis on people?s right to health and helps to make smoking the exception rather than the norm. From Canada to Thailand, Australia to South Africaand Ireland, wherever smoking bans have been put into effect they have also been shown to help people quit smoking. The wider the bans on smoking in public places are, the greater is the social consensus that tobacco use is unacceptable. The tobacco industry knows this all too well and they have feared it for a long time. They are working hard to prevent us from taking the dangers of second-hand smoke seriously. The tobacco industry has spent millions of pounds trying to convince employers and governments that better ventilation or mere courtesy will solve the problem of passive smoke. They have done everything in their power to delay and defeat meaningful action on second-hand smoke. It is time that health wins the argument. We need to clear the air of misinformation about second-hand smoke. We must take back our right to health and to life. On this day onward, let us call on our parents, grandparents, friends and even our foes to ensure a smoke-free world. Let us pledge to protect ourselves, each other, our future children and our families from passive smoking.

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