Should smoking be banned in public places?

@BethTN81 (564)
United States
July 31, 2007 11:41pm CST
As of October 1, 2007, there will no longer be smoking in public places in my state. Now, I do have a problem with this. Is smoking harmful? Yes, but it is our right to do what we want with our bodies is it not? When you go in a restaurant does the hostess ask you smoking or nonsmoking? If you dont want to smoke then you have the opportunity to not be around it. It's not like you walk in to a place and you are bombardrd with tar and nicotine everywhere you go. Why ban a personal choice? Would a person go in to a restaurant, sit in the smoking section and then complain about the smoke? If they have half a brain they would not. Non-smokers have the ability to not be around secondhand smoke, so why make a law about it? Is is just another way to control americans? Smoking is not illegal, so why make smoking in public illegal? What is the point in this stupid law? Can someone please tell me?
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• Switzerland
1 Aug 07
Yes. In fact, I think it should be banned completely. Just think of those who suffer from passive or second-hand smoking. Besides, smoking doesn't have any advantage, right? So why not stop it completely?
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@BethTN81 (564)
• United States
1 Aug 07
Yeah, stop it totally. What is the advantag of drinking? Let's top that too. There is no advantage to eating candy, its bad for ya....lets ban sweets, lets ban anything pleasurable to every american because it does not have any advantage.
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@Galena (9123)
1 Aug 07
having a smoking section in a restaraunt is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool. it spreads out. a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces has just come in in the UK, and I love it. I went out to a pub, and I didn't have to leave early with a headache and nausea. my hair and clothes didn't stink. I used to end up leaving most of the gigs I went to early, feeling sick and headachey, wasting the cost of my ticket, and the trip out. because people were so selfish that they were smoking in NON SMOKING music venues. but I was the one that suffered for it. no one bothered to enforce it. the rail networks, thankfully, have decided as a result to make covered and uncovered platforms non smoking. which means I no longer need to go and stand out in the rain when someone decides to light up in the shelter. a while ago, a really rude woman came and sat in the shelter it was raining. she started smoking, at which point I immediately went outside. she didn't even apologise. I hate walking down the street and getting a massive cloud of smoke billowing into my face. it makes my chest tight. unfortunately this is still allowed here. you can't always get past someone on the pavement. and what if someone goes out for an evening with smoking friends, and they insist on being in the smoking section. one way or the other, one groups choice is taken away. I think a non smoker choosing not to smoke needs to be put above a smoker choosing to smoke. now the smokers can pop outside for a few minutes when they want to smoke. which isn't such a great hardship. and much fairer than a non smoker having to pop outside whenever they don't want to be smoking.
@BethTN81 (564)
• United States
1 Aug 07
Ok, that is one thing i dont understand. people intentially go in to places that is filled with smoke and then fuss about it? Next time I go in to a bar, I am going to complain to the bar owner that there is too much drinking in there.
@Galena (9123)
1 Aug 07
thats why for quite some years, I've not really gone to pubs. and now I can. which is great. I'm really enjoying it, and it's a shame to have missed out for so long because of the smokiness ruining it. I've also over the past year or so hardly gone to see any bands because I've not been able to enjoy it as the venues are too smoky, even though they had a no smoking policy. and I love seeing bands, just not feeling so ill I had to leave. the point of going to a pub is to socialise and drink, not to smoke. the point of going to a gig is to see a band, not to smoke. I'm glad I can now enjoy these things.
@rajweb (5)
• India
1 Aug 07
It may be your right to do what you want with your body, but do it as long as it does not adversely affect others. Most restaurants have smoking sections marked out - not non-smoking sections. The rest is deemed non-smoking. If you want to smoke go to the smoking section. You sit in a park for fresh air - not to breathe someone else's second hand smoke ... I think its great that smoking is banned in public places in some areas. You want to smoke, do it in your own space not someone (the public) else's. There are a lot of other forms of air pollution too ... but why add to it if you can help it?
• India
1 Aug 07
Well - works both ways. What I would say is if you want to smoke, then fine, but don't sit next to someone not smoking. Or at least have the courtesy of asking if that person minds if you have a smoke. In a building specific smoking areas definitely makes more sense than specific non-smoking areas.
• United States
1 Aug 07
So much is unfair in life it is pitiful really. Most of these injustices I have noticed are brought on by bitter angry little trolls of people that will never be satisfied anyways. Trust me, I don't understand it either, but I spent quite a long time as a waitress, and I have seen people that sit in the smoking section, or even just end up close to there in and effort to be seated quickly, then whine and moan about the smoke and get moved across teh restaurant. Personally, I think it was a ploy to cut in line and avoid the wait by these jerks, but the point here being that they usually are less then friendly humans anyways. There is no point to this, just keeping the masses that whine and complain happy for a little while - until they find something else to cry about.
@BethTN81 (564)
• United States
1 Aug 07
The government tells you that you can't smoke. Yet they preach and defend women's rights. I don't get it.
@sandwedge (1341)
• Malaysia
2 Aug 07
smoking should be ban everywhere except the closet.
@clocks123 (1227)
• United States
1 Aug 07
for your health and the health of smokers and nonsmokers should it be banned yes not only in public places ----all places
@mojo07 (3)
• Australia
1 Aug 07
Hi Beth, this is mojo07 in Melbourne, Australia we have had gradual no smoking laws increasing here as well i tend to agree with you it is a personal choice and so what is the point of democracy please let commonsense prevail people tend to be going overboard in the way they think and want to create unwanted opinions on others. Just let things be and people in peace.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Aug 07
In my opinion I think smoking should be banned in restaurants. My husband smokes but he wont smoke when Im eating he must go outside to that. I dont want to breathe that dirty smelly air. I cant stand the smell of cigerates. YUK And people that smoke should be considerate of us.
@2wicelot (2945)
1 Aug 07
Here in the UK the smoking in public places ban took effect as from 1 July. As you said smoking is not illegal and we have the right to do whatever we want with our bodies and stuff. But the thing is there are other people who don't smoke that may be affected by some one else's smoke. There could be children and/or babies around who may get harmed as well. So I think they are trying to protect other members of the public.