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No Smoking! Who's Banning Butts?

No Smoking! Who's Banning Butts?

While smoking bans are not universal, cities, states, and other countries are increasingly enacting laws extinguishing smoking in public places. The harmful effects of second-hand smoke are sparking these laws.

California, a leader in the anti-smoking crusade, is continuing to pass more restrictions. As of January 1st, motorists face a $100 fine for lighting up in their own cars, even parked in their driveway, if there's a kid present (watch out Britney). While it is important to protect children, does this law go too far? What about the dangerous effects of fast food? Should a parent face a fine for feeding their children
trans fats?

France, a country whose image is tied up with the cigarette is one of the latest countries to ban smoking in bars, cafes and restaurants. I was just in France for the holidays and as I fanned away tons of disco smoke, I wondered how the government would enforce the law in a country where so many of the citizens light up. Many of the French are eager for an excuse to quit, while others resent the dictatorship of health saying, "vive la liberté of smoking!"

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spazzydana spazzydana 8 years
I dont know, the trans fats things are still throwing me off. i know it causes obesity any blah blah blah, but thats only excessive trans fats. . Trans fats every once and a while are definetly not as harmful as smoking, and its hard to make a comparison because they're just so complicated and there are so many ways you could argue (trans fats in moderation, smoking in moderation) while theyre both very harmful, they shouldnt be compared like this.
Mrs_Groban Mrs_Groban 8 years
I don't smoke and I think it is a nasty habit. That said, it is LEGAL to smoke in the US, so banning smoking in private places such as restaurants or outside is absolutely wrong. Our freedoms are being taken away. Why shouldn't a private restauranteer have the right to allow smoking in his private restaurant? It boggles the mind. If you don't want to go to a restaurant where there is smoking, then don't go to restaurants where this is smoking. If people voluntarily stopped going to places where smoking was allowed then more restaurants would stop allowing it. The government has no business telling private businesses they can't allow smoking. What's next? No eating anything fried? Oh, wait, they're already telling us we can't serve things like that either. Wrong!
jlr32phl jlr32phl 8 years
the smoking ban in philadelphia actually led to me quitting last year. i always smoked the most when i was out drinking on the weekends and not wanting to go outside and freeze everytime i wanted to smoke helped me cut down A LOT. eventually, after cutting back so much it just made sense to stop. i was angry about the ban at first but now i'm glad it was put in place!
Advah Advah 8 years
I am French and wondering exactly the same thing, LibertyS. I never smoked and won't tell you about the number of times close friends actually yelled at me when I asked them (and I didn't do that often, and I was always nice about it) not please not smoke next to me when I was eating. Most of my classmates when I was in prep school used to smoke 2 inches away from the classroom with the door open, because they were too lazy to go outside. Way too many people out there consider smoking part of the "cool" thing.I've been living in the UK for two years now, and about 3 months after I arrived Scotland had their smoking ban. It was like coming back to life, and actually enjoying going out! I really got used to not having smokers aroud, and it's a real pain everytime I go back home to see my family. Want to meet your friends for a drink? It's gonna stink! Want to have a coffee? Someone's smoking next to you! Blech..
Advah Advah 8 years
I am French and wondering exactly the same thing, LibertyS. I never smoked and won't tell you about the number of times close friends actually yelled at me when I asked them (and I didn't do that often, and I was always nice about it) not please not smoke next to me when I was eating. Most of my classmates when I was in prep school used to smoke 2 inches away from the classroom with the door open, because they were too lazy to go outside. Way too many people out there consider smoking part of the "cool" thing. I've been living in the UK for two years now, and about 3 months after I arrived Scotland had their smoking ban. It was like coming back to life, and actually enjoying going out! I really got used to not having smokers aroud, and it's a real pain everytime I go back home to see my family. Want to meet your friends for a drink? It's gonna stink! Want to have a coffee? Someone's smoking next to you! Blech..
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
In florida we have the Ban, and No businesses in my area have hurt from it. I thank god i dont have to smell smoke from the "smoking area" that was blocked off by Ferns.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
Just another instance of the government trying to legislate common sense. If people are too stupid to not quit smoking, wear their seatbelts or have a carbon monoxide detector, it is still NOT the government's job to punish them for it. And I think its crazy that cigarettes are becoming so restricted and yet are still a legal substance that does not impair you. Instead of expecting the government to be our mommy, it would be nice if the citizens themselves made it known that it is not acceptable to smoke in public- each city or township should make up their own minds.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
Just another instance of the government trying to legislate common sense. If people are too stupid to not quit smoking, wear their seatbelts or have a carbon monoxide detector, it is still NOT the government's job to punish them for it. And I think its crazy that cigarettes are becoming so restricted and yet are still a legal substance that does not impair you.Instead of expecting the government to be our mommy, it would be nice if the citizens themselves made it known that it is not acceptable to smoke in public- each city or township should make up their own minds.
saranightly saranightly 8 years
I met she quit while she was pregnant with me, then started again when I was born. Whoops, that was confusing, sorry.
saranightly saranightly 8 years
I personally think it's a great idea - both of my parents were smokers and although my mom quit while she was pregnant with me, I had so many health problems as a child, all the ones proven to be tied to growing up around a lot of second hand smoke. The worst was the car because as a kid, you can't go anywhere. I would ask my mom to open the windows and she would say that if I didn't like it, I could walk. At least in the house, I could move to a different room. Anyway, Wegmans (a grocery store chain for those not in the NE) has annouced that they are going to stop selling any tobacco products starting in February, once their current inventory runs down. I think that sends a great message that they don't want their customers and employees killing themselves on their products. (I know, I know, alcohol is still going to be sold, blah blah blah)
saranightly saranightly 8 years
I personally think it's a great idea - both of my parents were smokers and although my mom quit while she was pregnant with me, I had so many health problems as a child, all the ones proven to be tied to growing up around a lot of second hand smoke. The worst was the car because as a kid, you can't go anywhere. I would ask my mom to open the windows and she would say that if I didn't like it, I could walk. At least in the house, I could move to a different room. Anyway, Wegmans (a grocery store chain for those not in the NE) has annouced that they are going to stop selling any tobacco products starting in February, once their current inventory runs down. I think that sends a great message that they don't want their customers and employees killing themselves on their products. (I know, I know, alcohol is still going to be sold, blah blah blah)
littlemissme littlemissme 8 years
We have smoking bans in restaurants, clubs, bars etc, here in Sweden, it's great! The only downside is that the smoke is not there, at clubs, to take away that nasty sweat smell, ugh!Otherwise yay for smoking bans :WOOHOO:The not smoking in cars thing is taking it too far though I think...Although it's probably not the best to smoke while driving, you should be able to "lighted up" while parked.
littlemissme littlemissme 8 years
We have smoking bans in restaurants, clubs, bars etc, here in Sweden, it's great! The only downside is that the smoke is not there, at clubs, to take away that nasty sweat smell, ugh! Otherwise yay for smoking bans :WOOHOO: The not smoking in cars thing is taking it too far though I think...Although it's probably not the best to smoke while driving, you should be able to "lighted up" while parked.
ellipsery ellipsery 8 years
"And what you feed your child is different than allowing them to inhale cancerous fumes."Explain to me how that's any different. Feeding your child trans fats is incredibly dangerous. Obesity has just beat out smoking as the number one preventable cause of death in this country. Not only do trans fats contribute to the obesity epidemic, but they also cause a whole host of other health problems. I fail to see how allowing children to eat trans fats and allowing them to inhale second-hand smoke in your car are not comparable. In both cases you're allowing your child to take in unnatural substances and chemicals, and it's dangerous in both cases.
ellipsery ellipsery 8 years
"And what you feed your child is different than allowing them to inhale cancerous fumes." Explain to me how that's any different. Feeding your child trans fats is incredibly dangerous. Obesity has just beat out smoking as the number one preventable cause of death in this country. Not only do trans fats contribute to the obesity epidemic, but they also cause a whole host of other health problems. I fail to see how allowing children to eat trans fats and allowing them to inhale second-hand smoke in your car are not comparable. In both cases you're allowing your child to take in unnatural substances and chemicals, and it's dangerous in both cases.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I am happy for the smoking bans in public places, I absolutely can't stand going out to a bar and my clothes and hair reek like an ashtray or like I been chain smoking. I also think it's great for people who work in public places that serve individuals that smoke that their health is not in jeopardy due to them working a job. However, the car ban is a little extreme but then I wonder why are parents are smoking in the car with young children. I guess it's their choice how they want to raise their children with black lungs, asthma, and developing allergies but hey it's their decision.
gdomdo01 gdomdo01 8 years
love it when it happened in new york, and when i travel to other cities, i sometimes forget that i have to say that i want to sit in a non-smoking section.agree with the car and kids, disagree with just one person in the car. it's their sole decision to smoke by themselves and affects only them, but it's not their child's decision to smoke too.i hate smelling like smoke. the worst is when your hair reeks of it, so of course i love the ban in bars and restaurants.
gdomdo01 gdomdo01 8 years
love it when it happened in new york, and when i travel to other cities, i sometimes forget that i have to say that i want to sit in a non-smoking section. agree with the car and kids, disagree with just one person in the car. it's their sole decision to smoke by themselves and affects only them, but it's not their child's decision to smoke too. i hate smelling like smoke. the worst is when your hair reeks of it, so of course i love the ban in bars and restaurants.
spazzydana spazzydana 8 years
omg , feeding your kids food that has trans fats is illegal??? how invasive is that!?!?!?
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Loving the fresh air. If I even walk by someone smoking my hair smells all night.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
While I agree with banning smoking in public areas, get fined in your own car is insane. I don't agree with smoking however the bans get a bit crazy. I understand if their are kids right next to you then you should get fined.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
In California, it's GREAT not to have smoking in public indoor places. It's so normal to me that when I go to other states and see people smoke everywhere, I find that absurd.
juju4 juju4 8 years
I have a friend whose mother just recently died of lung cancer, and I feel awful that my friend may meet the same fate after living with second hand smoke in her home for almost two decades. I am all for the ban on smoking in a car with children. The child has the right to breathe clean air. And I think these bans really have to do with drawing the limit line for where the rights of the smoker and the rights of the non-smoker overlap. Here in LA, there are still tons of people that smoke even though you can't smoke in bars or restaurants. They just smoke in designated areas. So, I don't see that the laws are taking away a person's right to smoke....it's just asking that you do it in a location away from children and/or adults that choose not to inhale smoke.
juju4 juju4 8 years
I have a friend whose mother just recently died of lung cancer, and I feel awful that my friend may meet the same fate after living with second hand smoke in her home for almost two decades. I am all for the ban on smoking in a car with children. The child has the right to breathe clean air.And I think these bans really have to do with drawing the limit line for where the rights of the smoker and the rights of the non-smoker overlap. Here in LA, there are still tons of people that smoke even though you can't smoke in bars or restaurants. They just smoke in designated areas. So, I don't see that the laws are taking away a person's right to smoke....it's just asking that you do it in a location away from children and/or adults that choose not to inhale smoke.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
As a former high roller in Las Vegas I got a call from a casino I used to go to - Why haven't you come back?"I will when you guys ban smoking or really have TRUE no smoking sections and enforce no smoking in those sections. I personally love visting but I don't like have to be in the hospital for a week to two weeks after my trip there."Now I hear that some casino like Wynn are seriously considering going totally smoke-free.I am highly allergic to cigarette smoke, for a good friend I try to tolerate it but I always pay the price they don't. I always am the one with the bloody nose (instantly), deep sinus infection, no voice, Bronchitis, then pneumonia (yeah Vegas trips!). Yeah, I smoked as a kid (10 to 12) but darn I could make it through PE class and my hair always stunk so I gave it.
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