about smoking in Smoking
in Public Places
(TOPICS, Issue #7). Read what our readers have to
What's do you think of
us your opinion.
my opinion,the smoking ban in public places is good
because nonsmokers shouldn't breathe the smoke of
smokers. It's unheathy for nonsmokers and smokers
too. For example, at the disco, smokers don't
respect nonsmokers and dance in smoke. It's
dangereous. For me, it is a good idea to ban
smoking in public places because smoking is
unhealthy for health. Kids have to be protected
from smokers and with a smoking ban, it's an
opportunity for smokers to stop smoking
Berthouloux from France
January 10, 2008
me, the smoking ban in public places is a very good
idea. Why? Firstly, when I go to restaurants, to
the disco, to pubs my clothes smell of cigarettes
and it is very unpleasant. Secondly, smoking is
dangerous for smokers' health and non-smokers'
health. Thirdly, the smoking ban is excellent
because a lot of people die of lung cancer. In
conclusion, I say the smoking ben will not be for
pubs' landlords because customers will always go to
pubs to have fun.
January 9, 2008
my view smoking should be banned in every pubic
my mind prohibiting smoking in every public place
will help smokers to stop and will be more bearable
love dancing, but I don't like to go to the pub and
to the disco because I don't want my clothes and my
hair to smell tobacco.
fell people go to the pub to have a drink so they
January 9, 2008
think smoking is harmful for your health. Many
smokers die because of cigarettes. Tobacco is a
drug for many people, they can't stop it. For me
smoking must be forbidden in public places. Smoking
is not pleasant for nonsmokers. For example in the
disco and at the pub there is smoke, and my
clothes, my hair smell tobacco. Smokers must
respect nonsmokers. I look for ward to banning
tobacco in public places. I feel owners of pubs
mustn't be afraid for their business because many
people like to have drinks in pub without
I can't say I hate people who smoke because it is
hard to stop. I have relatives who smoke and I tell
them it's bad, but they just ignore me so I am
trying to tell you lot out there: STOP before its
from the U.S.
an athlete. Growing up I was constantly around
cigarettes, so you guessed itI started
smoking too. But as a few years passed my sports
got more and more difficult. Although I didn't see
a change at the beginning I definitely did in the
long run. Now, years later I still have breathing
problems even though I quit. I understand that
everyone wants to experiment, but I can say to all
you athletes out there - don't make the mistake I
made. Smoking may not have cost me my life, but it
caused me to lose the chance at being a
professional athlete, which to me is the same
thing. Don't be stupid guys, you're better than
a smoker but a very caring person, I think it
should be restricted to a segregated area in the
pub, restaurant or wherever you may need a smoke.
You shouldn't put people through what they don't
want. I know though that when it is very cold I
love walking to a restaurant to have a cup of
coffee and a few smokes. So you can see my
dissatisfaction when I get there and can't
Schedlosky from Canada
don't smoke (of course). And my family doesn't have
smokers. So I hate smoking. Smoking is not good for
our bodies' health. So I won't smoke in my life. I
Yamada from Japan
have the right to smoke but, the NON-Smokers also
have the right to be in public places without being
disturbed by the smoker's fumes and tobacco
a real war between as if there could be another
between pro-boozers and teatotalers, but the war
that appeals to me most is that one between
non-smokers and compulsive smokers because, me, as
lots of people like me, who are not hooked on, are
getting sick of smokers' puffing out the smog we
detest, claiming that non-smokers are not tolerant
at all despite we are inhaling tobacco free, though
they do not care a shit if we fancy or not the
brand they use or the harm tobacco's causing on
can figure out how much more difficult it may be
for the hooked-on to give up, but as a heavy smoker
myself for over thirty years they might let me give
a piece of advice to those tobaccoholics who are
aware of health risks caused by tobacco addiction.
They should make up their minds and just give
Rico from Spain
think smoking is bad for u because u can get
Ai would like to say that i
have read most of the opinions on this website and
i totally agree with thoses who say smoking is a
bad and disgusting habit. it is no longer an
exceptable pastime where you would sit in a room
and talk and smoke at the same time we know that it
is bad and kill thousands everyday, but still we
have tens of thousands of people who smoke, why.
that is the question we should be asking our self
why would we smoke this little white stick that we
know will kill us its like putting a gun to our
heads but the death is a slow and painful
the tobaco smoke contain three principal dangerous
chemicals; i.e. tar,nicotine & CO. Tar badly
affects our lungs, nicotine affects our lungs,
nerves & cardiovascular system. All these
problems may lead to cancer. Smokers by kissing
cigarettes may get mental satisfaction, they may
get mental pleasure, but they simply burn their
smoking at public places they also create polluted
environments and the people who continued to live
in this environments are no less prone to these
health hazards. These are called passive
in my opinion smoking should be banned at public
places by creating self awarness. In a democratic
country like India consciousness rather than use of
force will be a effective weapon to tackle the
Kumar Panigrahi, India
say that smoking is bad, and I agree, even though I
do it. I started because I knew my mom would flip
out, and I also wanted to see what she would to,
since she allows my brother, 2 months older than
me, smoke. She wouldn't allow me. Everybody knows
smoking is bad, and it is ten times worse than pot.
Pot is safer, and in my opinion, healthier, than
cigarettes. I think they should legalize marijuana
if it isnt as harmful as cigarettes. Besides, its
not like you HAVE to do it.
some of the opinions here makes me wonder if these
people did get their entire train of thought from
public service announcements. Why is it that people
always mention peer pressure and a big reason for
people to start smoking? As though we are all a
bunch of sheep that just can't think for ourselves.
I started smoking to rebel against my parents.
Because of the simple fact that I wasn't suppose
agree with the general idea that tobacco companies
are money hungry and Joe Camel needed to go bye
bye. But how are they different from any other
company? They are selling a product and we are
buying it. Several opinions on this page are not
even based in reality. One person stated that
smoking was the number one casue of death therefore
it should be illegal.
car wrecks kill more people per year. So I guess we
should make driving illegal. The truth as I see it
is that we all need to stop screaming for
everything we disagree with to be illegal. I own my
body so I SHOULD have the right to do with it
whatever I see fit. This included "illicit" drugs.
Prohibition doesn't do anything positive. Education
is the only answer.
of us are aware that smoking is harmful to the
environment thus affecting our her health. No
matter what your reason for smoking is, you should
look ahead and see the facts. Now, some people
advance that smoking(and the whole tobacco thing)
is a sense of relaxation. Let me tell you one
thing, folks: I seriously think that the relaxation
some of you use as an excuse(for smoking) comes
from the respiratory movements performed by your
lungs, certainly not the tobacco! Just go out and
take a deep breath!!
hundred years ago, the American colonies began
exporting tobacco to the European nations and
subsequently got all of Western Europe addicted to
tobacco. As a result, the colonies could charge
exorbitant prices for tobacco and were able to
sustain the otherwise lagging economy of the
agricultural Southern U.S.
same story continues today, as nearly the entire
world is addicted to the tobacco drug. Likewise,
children and young adults start using this highly
addictive substance every day, despite the fact
that it is known to cause heart disease, lung
cancer, birth defects, and an array of other
life-threatening diseases. Besides, it is an
annoying habit for those around a smoker, and
smokers always feel free to litter their cigarette
butts on the ground wherever they are.
understand that tobacco is adictive and very
difficult to stop using later in life, but I will
stand by my statement that anybody who starts
smoking today and lives in the U.S. or another
developed country where the harmful effects are
clear has either lived under a rock his whole life
or is just plain stupid.
should have the right to pick if we want to smoke
or not, we are people to let us make are own
mistakes and let us learn for them and if that
means but us dieing than that is what it
smoking is pretty much the main cause of death, why
is it even legal? A lot of people don't even
realize how dangerous it is to their health and
most of all to others. I really think they should
think smoking should not be allowed in America or
anywhere else. People die every day because of this
and nobody seems to really care. My mother and
father smoke and I tell them all the time to quit
because they are killing us more then they are
killing themselves. They never listen. I told them
one day they will wake up and realize one of us is
gone and they should have thought twice about what
government should be putting there foot down and
stop the tobacco industries. They complain about
the deaths of people who smoke and yet the
industries are still running. The money shouldn't
matter. It's the lives of each and every one of us
in the U.S.
really think smoking is wrong. I mean most people
start smoking because of peer pressure, depression,
the need to lose weight, to relax, or to fit in.
Some people, especially youth, start to smoke to
feel better about their selves. They think it's the
only way to get through their problems.
Unfortunately, nearly 100% of youth will encounter
cigarettes. Some people take the good way out, like
refuse to smoke, but some choose to smoke.
causes lung cancer, bad breath, yellow teeth/nails,
bronchitis, and other diseases. But, mentally, if
someone's been smoking, they can encounter some
loss of concentration and/ or balance, and it
affects their social life and.
think that the tobacco companies should not sell
cigarettes, because smoking becomes very addictive,
and kills more people than car accidents,
marijuana, illicit drugs,suicide, murder and other
things all put together. It's a major problem in
the world, but tobacco companies make billions of
dollars each! year. I'm no expert........ I'm just
a 13 year old.
is a terrible habit! It will lead you to loving it,
to addictedness, and, then, to death! Every year,
so many people died of lung cancer, and some of
them were smoke addicts! Smoking will take away
people's lives and will take away people's money,
too. Suppose that a person who addicts to smoke
will spend 5 U.S dollars per day, and, then, he or
she will spend almost 2,000 U.S dollars in one
year. It equals to 64,000 NT dollars in Taiwan! If
his or her salary is 32,000 per month; then, he or
she must spend 2-month salary to support the
you think it an exaggerated example? Absolutely
Not! Take one friend of mine for example. He has
been smoking for near 10 years and he smokes two or
three packs a day. What a terrible habit! I don't
like the smell of tobacco. It makes me feel faint
and sick. According to one scientific statistics,
the pollution from smoking does much more harm to
people than from factories. On the other hand,
smoking will not! only damage the smokers, but also
the people around them. Is it really interesting to
smoke? No, I don't think so.
people start smoking at early ages, sometimes
between twelve and fourteen years old. In the last
ten years smokers have reached 50 % of the
population. I think that tobacco is a legal drug
which should be illegal because of the illnesses
that it can cause as cancer; problems in your skin,
teeth and mouth; etc.
thing which should be illegal are those
advertisements encouraging people to smoke. They
show themselves comfortable and relaxed after
having smoked a cigarette and, in this way, young
people are persuaded to do the same.
conclusion, I think that the community should make
an advertisement against cigarettes explaining all
the bad things that could happen to people when
they start smoking at such early ages and continue
all their lives.
is something that is right for some people, but is
not right for others. Many people all over the
world smoke a lot of cigarettes daily. It is
dangerous for them because it could cause dancer in
many parts of the body. And the people who are
around those that smoke are in danger too, because
they breath the smoke.
think we have to work a lot to try to stop smoking.
It could kill us at any moment, and we still have
much to do for this world. I say to the people who
read this, If you smoke, please for yourself
and for all of us, STOP smoking. It is killing you,
and you dont know it.
think teens should be taught more about the dangers
of smoking before they even start, and there should
be "special undercover agents" to keep an eye on
the types of stores that sell cigarettes and then
fine them severely. This is only my story and my
opinion, but I think a lot of people would agree
with me on this one.
a 14 year old who currently goes to a high school
in Toronto, Canada, and I see a lot of teens
smoking illegally around the school. All along the
street, the students are puffing and huffing those
cigarettes and it just makes me sick! Mentally and
I first stepped into a bakery across the street
from my school to buy lunch, the room was filled
with second hand smoke and teens smoking and
gambling. I couldn't keep myself from coughing and
gasping for air. The store owners don't say
anything about the actions and they actually
support it by selling the cigarettes to the teens
(underage) in secret. (Reaching under the counter
and pulling out singles, charging 25 cents each.) I
can't believe people could be so low that they'd
violate the law just to make money off of desperate
teenagers, addicted to the deadly.
think teens should be taught more about the dangers
of smoking before they even start, and have
"special undercover agents" keep an eye on these
types of stores and then fine them severely. This
is only my story and my opinion but I think a lot
of people would agree with me on this one.
is very bad for health. At the present time a lot
of people are dying because of smoking. In my
opinion, people must understand that "Smoking" is a
disease. When people accept this position they can
get better help. Nowadays, there are lot of places
that give help to people with this
think smoking is wrong no matter if you are in a
public place or in the please of your own home.
It's wrong. It kills billions every single day.
Billions get diagnosed every single day with some
sort of disease because of smoking. I think a law
should be made against smoking. Smoking should not
be allowed period.
think that smoking is not good at all, but I also
think that if someone wants to smoke that it is
I think that smoking is the rudest, most disgusting
habit a person could have. Not only is it gross
that smokers are destroying their health, and
basically everything about their appearance, they
are also putting non-smokers' health at risk. If I
really wanted to kill myself, I could do it without
the help of someone who is addicted to nicotine. I
am therefore, extremely happy that there are more
and more laws restricting smoking in public places.
To all of yousmokers outhere don't choke on a
glad you are educating people about smoking It's a
great thing you are doing
a non-smoker whose boyfriend is a heavy smoker.
Smoking is addictive. You cannot help but smoking
if you are once addicted to cigarettes. I think it
is the worst thing about smoking. Another problem
is that the tobacco industry is big money makers
not only in the U.S. but also in Japan. It consists
of tobacco farmers, manufacturers, and consumers. I
don't know how many people are killed by
cigarette-caused diseases, but quite a few people
have been killed. Tobacco War! This is the title of
the book which I read last year. How to solve this
for children and teenagers to teach why smoking
programs to smokers who want to quit
crops for the tobacco farmers
cigarette advertising and cigarette vending
machines by laws.
think that at first, most teenagers start to smoke
the cigarettes to imitate their parents or friends
who smoke. Particularly, parents influence their
kids as a role model. So, if the parents smoke,
their kids can accept smoking naturally. Parents
who smoke have to know that they can lead their
kids to have a bad habit. Also, smoking causes many
health problems. Because smoking affects not only
smokers but also non-smokers, the kids can have
health problems because of their parents. We have
to keep our kids from smoking
think that smoke can help them when they are
nervous, sad, or when they want to communicate.
They can smoke anywhere they want to smoke like in
restaurants and cafeterias. Some non-smokers say
that they never smoked before, but smokers have
smoked in front of them. Therefore, non-smokers
become second-hand smokers. Smokers don't care
about their health. Though they know that smoke is
harmful, they still continue to smoke, and
non-smokers are affected by them.
more and more smokers get lung cancer. Smokers
still smoke because smoking is a habit. Though they
want to quit, they can't. We are non-smokers. We
have to help them learn how to quit. In public
places, we should put sign plates to prohibit
smoking. That can help them stop
Thi (Annie) Ho, Vietnam
should be banned in public places. Smoking is an
annoying habit to non-smokers. The smoke could
cause someone to cough or feel uncomfortable.
addition, smoking could be the reason for many
deadly diseases. Many scientific studies show
smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease. This
reaction not only occurs in smokers, but
second-hand smokers will get those diseases, too.
research shows us second-hand smoking is worse than
first-hand. If someone smokes in a closed public
place, the circular air condition system will keep
that unfresh air in the building, so everyone will
breathe the smoke in the air.
Wong, Hong Kong
are some rules to live together as a society.
Everybody has to adapt to these because they are
for us. For example, it is your right to have a
pet, but you can't enter a government office with
your pet. By no means does that mean your freedom
as individual is restricted or prohibited. It is a
well-known fact that smoking can cause cancer. This
factor is proved by medicine. So, it is an
important subject for society. Health ministers
have to be careful about this fact.
strongly support the idea that smoking should be
prohibited in public. Smoking is harmful for
humans. For example, it causes lung cancer.
According to statistics, a high percentage of
patients in or out of hospital that have chronic
diseases are smokers.
in public affects others who don't smoke at all.
Second-hand smoking bothers non-smokers. They feel
ill, tired, fatigued, and cough when they are in
contact with second-hand smoking. Pregnant women
shouldn't smoke or be around second-hand smoke at
smoking or second hand smoking affect people's
health, smoking in public should be prohibited, or
at least, smoking and non-smoking areas should be
Yan Ma, China
is a bad habit, of course. But there is nothing we
can do about it. It is already there. We can not
deny or ignore it. On the one hand, the smokers
aren't guilty just being smokers. They have their
rights. On the other hand, the non smokers are
affected by the fumes and feel that smokers are
stepping on other people's rights. Allowing smoking
in certain public places is the only way to avoid
the conflict between the two kinds of people
without bothering each other.
is a person's addiction to nicotine. It's one of
the most harmful habits that human beings have ever
formed. Despite that, today people are accustomed
to it and most of us really don't care enough if we
see somebody smoking next to us.
being more and more aware of the effects of
inhaling fumes produced by smokers, health
associations are holding a war against
tobacco firms. Cut would we state firmly that
tobacco firms are responsible for everything? I
don't think so. Why? Because freedom is the most
important notion for humanity.
always have the right to smoke, and non-smokers
have the right not to smoke. We should be allowed
an equal opportunity to exercise our right.
Although, everywhere there is always smoker' lounge
and non smokers' section, the main problem is
smoking in public. Can we find a solution to
only 15 years old, and I live in California, where
smoking is illegal in public. I can't stand going
to Arizona or especially Las Vegas because smoking
in public is legal there. The people smoke in
elevators and I think it's rude. I don't mind if
people want to smoke. It's their choice, but my
grandfather just died of smoking related cancers,
so I don't agree with it.
in public places affects not only the smokers'
health, but also the health of nonsmokers. Some
people develop an allergy to smell or fumes, and
some people have an allergy to nicotine and tar.
There factors affect negatively the nonsmokers. In
my opinion, smoking should be allowed in special
places. These places have to isolate nonsmokers
from the smell or nicotine. It would be better if
people stopped arguing about smoking in public
more and more people are joining the large group of
smokers around the world. Smoking is considered a
bad habit, and it brings bad consequences. People
know about the bad consequences that smoking brings
to their health. It has been scientifically proven
that smoking causes serious diseases which attack
the respiratory system.
of the most dangerous illnesses that smoking causes
in lung cancer because of the components of the
cigarettes like nicotine and tar. Although a
package of cigarettes has a warning notice,
"Smoking could be dangerous," people don't care
about that and continue smoking.
my opinion, smoking is a bad habit which only
carries bad consequences for our health,
deteriorating and affecting our lives
my opinion, smoking is a bad habit, and sometimes
it can have very dangerous consequences. I don't
say smokers should quit smoking, but they should
stop bothering others. If smokers don't care about
their health, they should know that they don't have
the right to cause damage to others.
example, a pregnant woman who smokes and doesn't
think what kind of problem she is giving to her
baby. Or a person who smokes in a closed room and
there are children around him.
are some of many examples which smokers must take
into consideration because they are not just
damaging their health, but they're also harming
innocent human beings.
has been around for thousands of years. It has been
used for social activities; for example, Native
American Indians used it to get together in groups
and smoke peace pipes. In this century, smoking is
like a fashion for teenagers, and they're not being
educated about the danger of smoking.
those cigarette companies are making big profits
because of people's addiction to cigarettes. Now
lung cancer is linked to cigarettes, and cigarette
companies are being sued in court for millions of
dollars for all the heart problems they have
created. Now, there is a lot of educational
material, and there are programs that are educating
the public about the danger of smoking.
Tungo M., Zaire, Republic of Congo
has to know that every time he smokes he is causing
disease for himself step by step. Also, being a
smoker puts you in a bad position in the society.
of all, smoking is bad for your health. It is the
truth. Everybody knows that it is the main cause of
smoking in front of people bothers them and makes
them second hand smokers. Their health is affected
by smoking even though they don't smoke. In my
opinion, non smoker people have the right to keep
their pure health.
smokers spend a lot of money for cigarettes because
nowadays they are getting more and more expensive.
Moreover, smoking causes an unpleasant smell for
people who don't smoke. In my opinion, quitting
smoking is the best thing you can do.
a smoker, and I think that smoking is something bad
for our society and health, even though it is our
problem if we do smoke. In my opinion, we should
have the right to smoke unless we are bothering
somebody. I mean if we are close to somebody; for
example, I show respect to somebody who is sitting
right in front of me and doesn't like smoking. But
if I'm sitting or walking alone, I
places don't mean that we can do whatever we want,
but we should have the right to smoke. As for
myself, I do respect public places like
restaurants, airports, subways and cinemas, but if
I'm in the middle of a big street or square, I
of all, I would like to talk about the right to
smoke. Nobody wants to say if another person can
smoke or not. So far, and luckily, I am a
nonsmoker, but I could have become a smoker, and I
wouldn't have wanted to get a reaction from
have to learn that we need respect between us. If
we are in a car or public place with somebody who
smokes, we shouldn't have to remind him not to
smoke. He should do what is right because we keep
the respect between us. He can smoke, but he should
know how and where to smoke.
sometimes we need some rules like non-smoking and
smoking sections. Even though we have these good
rules, I don't know why people want to ignore them.
Maybe they are just trying to keep their rights. I
think, if the people just want to keep their
rights, they will cause stricter bans.
Ali Comert, Turkey
not a smoker, but I think everybody has the right
to do what he wants, if he shows a little respect
to the others. I think that smoking in buses,
cinemas, hospitals and restaurants is obviously a
bad habit because they are closed places. People
can smoke, but only in the smoking areas.
companies like Philip Morris which distributes
Marlboro cigarettes say. "Cigarettes are harmful to
your health," that is the most important reason to
believe that it is a bad habit.
the other hand, I think education is the most
important point. The government has to show the
population why smoking is a bad habit and has to
create new smoking places.
think that smoking is a habit like others that we
have, but unfortunately it is one of the bad habits
because it can cause many illnesses, even death for
smokers and non-smokers.
though I'm aware about what smoking can cause, I
don't agree that smoking in public places should be
banned because everybody has the right to smoke or
not smoke. In my opinion, the only thing we can do
for smokers is educate them in the best way, so
they respect non-smokers and know when or where
they can smoke.
P. Salmerón, El Salvador
think smoking is a very bad habit. Smokers don't
think that smoking can cause deadly diseases such
as lung cancer and heart problems. Smoking also
causes teeth problems and bad breath. When you are
next to a person who is smoking, it is dangerous
for you because inhaling the second-hand smoke has
the same effects on you as on the smoker. So I
don't think people should be allowed to smoke in
public places such as hospitals, schools, and
causes dangerous illnesses. It can cause lung
cancer, emphysema, and heart diseases. It should be
prohibited in public places like restaurants,
cinemas, and other public places. A smoker has the
right to smoke, but he has to think about the
privacy of non-smokers. Second-hand smokers are
affected more than first-hand smokers. We should
help smokers not to smoke by having them use
nicotine patches on their bodies.
K. Jewani, Pakistan
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