Smoking in public transportation = silently killing the people

Indonesia
February 24, 2013 10:07am CST
I was on the way to my hometown by riding a bus. It was too late to get an executive bus in that time, so I decided to use an economic bus which had no AC and full of smoking people and also unfortunately I forgot to bring my mask to cover my nose. Oh God, I thought I was going to destruct my lung again..... I think all of the country in this world have some regulation that prohibit smoking in public place, including public transportation. But, even though in my country, Indonesia, already has that regulation, it's like just a wind because the regulation which is said "It's prohibited to smoke in public area" really means the public area is the place for smoking, you can smoking as you want, you can killing people by your carbon monoxide as you want too. When I try to tell those people "don't smoking, you can get cancer in your lung". they said that my word is bullsh*t, they've been smoking for 10 years and they're still healthy until today. Such a pity person who ask for an ill, not preventing it, ckckckck. In smoking habit, the real directly victim is the people near the smoker. Why don't they swallow their own smoke, not blowing it to everyone? Why are the so selfish?
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@Janurmas (645)
• Indonesia
24 Feb 13
I am a smoker, but I don't smoke in public places. It is a very annoying to others if a person some in public places. I n my country, there is the special places to smoke. But in public places such as public transportation will not allowed at all. I am a smoker but I don't like to see a person smoke in public places. It makes others smoking passively that would be very dangerous to health.
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@blackrusty (3530)
• Mexico
24 Feb 13
you should not be allowed to smoke in any building or in closed place or public used car or bus as of now you can smoke outside in open areas but i am sure at some point you won't even be able to do that
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Feb 13
MentariHandayani It is interesting for me to learn about your buses ...are there excutive busses which do not allow smoking. and other busses that allow it. That seems like a good idea to have. Are the executive busses very much more expensive than the other busses? From what you have said I don't think you have ever smoked and good for you because it is a bad habit and extremly hard to break. I am an ex-smoker and I really do wish I had never started. It was a very difficult habit to break. You will hardly ever get a good reaction from a smoker if you tell them how bad smoking is. They either know how bad it is or don't care or don't believe. Your telling them won't change their belief system nor will it cause anyone to quit imo. Reminding them will cause some to just become defensive and even nasty in answering you back. You might get a couple of smokers to say yes it is bad and I am trying to quit, but you will probably get more who will get angry at you. The second thing that surprised me was your statement you 'forgot' your mask. Is a mask something you often use and/or carry around with you?? Is it a small paper mask? TY for sharing..
• Indonesia
25 Feb 13
there are no clear rules regulating bus where smoking is allowed and which are not. But most people in economic bus, even the driver, does smoke, the reason is because they don't have AC. the executive bus' price is twice other's price. thanks for your advice, I realize that my action is too much, well, i won't do it anymore, ever. i mean the mask is a small paper mask which is usually used when we got flu
@Angelpink (4022)
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Hello there ! Some people are just born very irresponsible ! They knew smoking is very hazardous not only to them but to all of the people around the vicinity. They are very hard headed and have no care to anyone and to the environment . So sad for this people and to think that this kind of people are the ones who often complains about health and other issues .
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
24 Feb 13
Angelpink I am an ex-smoker. It is a very addictive habit in many ways and extremely hard to quit. I think some people can't admit they can't quit so they become defensive in saying it is their right to smoke and the second hand smoke idea is not true. Then there are those who look at people who smoke with no ill effects. My mother in law is 98..and still smokes and has absolutely no health isses..no lung breathing problems...but she is an exception I think..
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• United States
26 Feb 13
Everywhere I have lived, smoking has not been allowed on public transpo, in public buildings,hotels in some parks and you have to be past a certain point beyond a door on many buildings before you can light up. As an on again off again smoker, this has never been a problem for me, as the smell is not too nice and I have felt people should not be bothered by something like that. I am sorry that was your experience. I didn't know there were such places.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
24 Feb 13
Smokers do have the right to smoke. They should be more considerate of others in public. When smokers smoke in public transportation, they are not allowing non-smokers the freedom to get away from the smoker's habit. Smoking not only affects the smoker. It also affects those around them who are ot smoking. It would be more considerate for smokers to wait until they were not in public situations to continue their habit.
@magtibaygom (4864)
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
As my mother struggle against her goiter problem, we recalled it all started when she inhaled some second hand smoke coming from outside our house going in. It may not be the sole reason why she contracted that health problem, but may be compounded over the years.