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Most Public Places to Be Covered by Smoking Bans by 2020

US Restaurants, Bars, and Workplaces Could Be Smoke Free by 2020

smokingWith smoking-related deaths on the rise, US health officials are predicting that smoking bans will cover all US workplaces, bars, and restaurants by 2020. As of December 2010, the CDC reports that 26 US states had imposed comprehensive smoke-free laws and that nearly half of the country's residents were covered by some sort of state or local smoke-free laws. The laws have certainly come a long way baby, considering back in 2000 there weren't any indoor smoking bans. If trends continue, all 50 states should have implemented some form of protection for nonsmokers by the end of this decade.

But what's interesting to note here is that the perceived smoking capital of the world, France, adopted the nationwide ban on smoking in public places back in 2007. Is the US lagging behind in its smoking-ban laws? Is another nine years too long to wait for all of these laws to take effect? Please weigh in below!

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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
Man I love living in California. And the nightlife definitely hasn't suffered because of smoking bans in bars and clubs.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Thanks Charles. It's obvious that you understood what I said perfectly.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I find it funny that so many on here are ranting about how undemocratic the smoking bans are, when they are in fact the direct result of democracy. More people (who care enough to vote!) support smoking bans than don't- just because you're on the losing side of the polls doesn't mean there's some anti-private-ownership American Cancer Society sheeple propaganda Splenda conspiracy- whatever the hell all you anons think is going on. I proudly 100% support smoking bans AND tax hikes on tobacco products, and most people agree with me- thank you democracy for hearing our voices and cleaning up the air! If you'd rather live somewhere where the majority vote doesn't count, move to Iran.
Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 6 years
I live in San Francisco, and smoking is not allowed inside bars or restaurants. I have to admit that I love it. I no longer go home smelling like smoke, and, since I wear contacts, my eyes no longer get irritated when I am out. As far as I can tell, business is not hurting.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I am entertained ENTIRELY too easily by anonymous comments :)
noxcatt noxcatt 6 years
I live in Virginia, the capital of tobacco, and before the smoking ban. most bars were smoking bars here. Whos to say I cant go to the bars that i want to go to because I like the place, beer, food, whatever...but the smoking. I put up with it because at the time there weren't many other choices in that matter. And yes there were times i just didnt go out because i didnt feel like smelling like smoke but does that mean I need a shower NO. I am a very clean person, I like how thats how some of you guys choose to stick it to some of us, like some kid. What kind of sensible conversation is that. My only point is that since the smoking ban, it has made the bar experience better for most. After all the smoking ban is based on this: smoking is optional and breathing is not. Period. Why are so many people supporting something that kills so many people anyway? Seems retroactive.
noxcatt noxcatt 6 years
Where is my freedom to go and enjoy a drink at a bar without having to breathe in toxic, hazardous smoke and smelling f*cking awful at the end of the night? Finally I have the ability to do so and I am sorry but I just can't see anyone justifying smoking being allowed indoors because the bottomline is everyone DOES NOT smoke and it is so bad for everyone's health. It is an optional act that people choose to do part take in. End of story. And yes I understand it is people's freedom to smoke but it is a matter of public safety to not allow it in a enclosed space. Are people really that selfish that they refuse to understand that they are harming others as they smoke around them, regardless of the fact that they have accepted that they are destroying their own health and are fine with that? Thats just sad.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 6 years
I support banning smoking in indoor places, except for obviously cigar bars/ smoke shops. However, New York City has recently placed bans on smoking in parks- outdoor park space. I think that is over the top. For the record, I am a non-smoker. I have never smoked.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Gotta love lighthearded conversation turning into an "I AM RIGHT, YOU MUST DIE" contest. But hey, it IS the internet, lol.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I find it hilarious that everyone who is so against this is also afraid to show their real faces :)
amber512 amber512 6 years
Wow, a lot of people who work for cigarette companies are reading FitSugar. How interesting :) Sorry they won't be passing off their death sticks to me.
marbee marbee 6 years
Just because the public is invited in doesn't mean they get to dictate their preferences on an owner! A vegetarian doesn't go to eat at a steakhouse if that's all they serve up. These laws are begotten by nothing more than mob-rule influenced by fake studies and false science. The World Health Organization's study showing that SHS may even have a protective effect and not the least harmful was withheld because it didn't promote total control of the population. Need proof? LOOK at the funding of a study before you take it as fact!
amber512 amber512 6 years
youvebeenhad that makes no sense. Even if they are privately owned, when you go to a restaurant or bar you are out in public! It's a public area. And it's not because of the smell, it's because it's a health hazard. You want to harm your health? Fine, take it outside.
marbee marbee 6 years
Remember, first they came for the smokers! Bans have shut down bars and they are going after the rest of them. It's called Prohibition, Drip by Drip. The Sheeple of this country can't see the forest through the trees. And they're going after the food supply. Some areas are fighting to keep their food supply sovereign to their areas. WAKE UP SHEEPLE! Do we ban obnoxious dancing because we don't want kids watching you? You WILL lose things you like, and the smokers will be the ones laughing after they're all cried out. Idiot nannies.
youvebeenhad youvebeenhad 6 years
I know I may be a bit older than some of your here, but.... consider 4th or even 5th hand smoke. How gullible do you really want to be? Time to wake up.
youvebeenhad youvebeenhad 6 years
Just where is the protection for private property? Don't you understand that many bars and restaurants are privately owned? I can't begin to understand the mindset that would allow a mob to take away private property rights because of the smell. Forget the shs idea. That has been debunked time after time. Sorry your pants smell bad. I don't think that was caused by smoking.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Absolutely! I hate coming home smelling awful and having it affect my health. But thankfully bars and restaurants where I'm at are already smoke-free!
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