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For The Sake Of Others Essay

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) second hand smoke causes an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths among U.S. nonsmokers each year. This fact is accurate because nonsmokers surrounded by smokers take in the same toxins and poisons as smokers do. When families go out to eat together they do not think about the air they breathe, but others are looking out for them. Officials have banned smoking in places throughout many cities across the United States. These laws have been successful in protecting nonsmokers, while there are still many cities that have not banned smoking in public, leaving themselves at risk. Smoking in all public places should be banned.
Although most people believe that it is safe to be in restaurants with smokers because there is ventilation and separation between smokers, but that is not always true. Air cleaning systems used by in most places only removes the larger particles, releasing all the other particles into the air. Air conditioners, heaters, and ventilation systems are not as much help as most people would think, they actually just spread the smoke throughout the building, creating a larger problem. At this point there are still not any accurate ways to put an end to second
hand smoke affecting non smokers, a credible idea at this point would be to eliminate smoking for good in public places.
Smokers not only put themselves in danger but also those around them, when non smokers breathe in the second hand smoke it had adverse effects on their blood vessels and hearts, which increases the risk for a heart attack. In older children second hand smoke can cause them to get sick more often weakening their immune systems, it can also trigger asthma early on in a child’s life. It is bad enough that second hand smoke has effects on adults and children, but infants who are exposed to second hand smoke have a higher risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death) which happens to otherwise healthy babies in the first year of their lives. Although that is not the only cause for a higher risk of SIDS in infants, it is something that can be monitored(CDC). Parents and children alike can be affected by second hand smoke, there are no true methods up to date to completely eliminate these issues(statistics).
On the other side if this issue smokers believe that to have public bans against smoking is infringing on their rights as citizens and that there are more harmful things that need to be banned. These things include human trafficking and alcohol, they could both be banned and it would benefit society. These people also believe that it is an inconvenience for them to have to go outside to smoke a little cigarette, after all what are they to do if it is pouring rain outside with no cover? Another concern with smoking bans is that they can hurt business at local restaurants and businesses that people will protest and not come to businesses and restaurants that are smoke free hurting their community.
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