For a long time now many people have different views about smoking in public places. Smokers feel it is their right to smoke where and when they want. On the other hand non-smokers feel smokers violate their rights and endanger there life. Smoking causes heart disease, lung cancer and other serious illnesses. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer.
A substantial number of lung cancers that occur in non-smokers can be attributed to involuntary smoking. While some people feel that smoking in public places should remain since it is their right, smoking in public places should be banned because second-hand smoke will endanger non-smokers health and it pollutes the environment.
Smokers feel they have had the right to smoke in a public place for so long that it should not be taken away. Restaurants and businesses should be allowed to set their own smoking rules, based on demands of the customers.
Also business may decrease if they do not allow smokers the right to smoke, especially bars and restaurants. The work place is another problem for smokers, now they have to go outside even in the winter to have a cigarette, even though they used to be able to smoke inside.
However, smoking in public places is a danger to non-smokers health for the reason of passive or second-hand smoke. The public does not realize the significant hazards of passive smoking. The simple separation of smokers within the same air space may reduce, but does not eliminate exposure to passive smoke. In Arizona five thousand and six hundred Americans died in 1989 due to passive smoke.
By putting a smoke free policy into effect, it will send a strong message about protecting health. Even though designated areas are set-aside for smokers this does not really protect a non- smoker. The heating and air conditions do not filter out carcinogens well enough and the smoke drifts onto non- designated areas. Smoking in a public place is an air pollutant and it can damage health in a number of ways.
The four major health hazards fall into air, water, and noise pollution. Air pollution can lead to various forms of respiratory disease. The main problem of smoking in a public place is indoor air pollution. Some of these problems that result indoor air pollution is building ventilation that has been reduced to conserve energy, with the result that ventilation is simply inadequate.
Combustion by products from smoking tobacco have produced substances, smoke included, that contaminate indoor air. The problem affecting a person who is in a contaminated environment may result in coughing, whizzing, chest tightness, muscular aches, chills, headaches, fever and fatigue. To solve this we have to have extra ventilation and keep designated areas in the public places if there are any.
Sensing the above-mentioned danger Indian parliament illegalised Cigarettes smoking at public places. Cigarettes are the most deadly habit, affecting the greatest number of people in the world today. A ban on public smoking would create a healthier country.