What Is The Smoking Ban?
All about the
smoking ban and its progression, along with information relating to second hand
The effect of second hand smoke have lead many cities and states to ban smoking in certain
areas and establishments. Although many smokers fear an all out smoking ban,
the laws were put in place to ban smoking in public places. Anti smoking advocates merely worry about the
health of people who don't smoke, but are subject to second hand smoke in
public and at work.
Prior to the
smoking ban, when you would go out to eat you were offered the option of
sitting in either a smoking or non-smoking section. When this system was set up it was designed
to give smokers the option to light up at their table, rather than having to go
outside. It also gave the patrons who were not smoking the option to eat in an
area of the restaurant where they wouldn't be subjected to smell of someone
else's cigarette smoke. Later it was discovered that the smoke merely
circulates the building through the ventilation system and subjects everyone in
the building to the effects of the second hand smoke. This became particularly
concerning for workers in food service, bars and casinos. Many of these workers
supported and campaigned for the smoking ban.
Most cities in
the United States currently do not allow smoking in public places, like stores,
malls and restaurants. Bar owners felt that the smoking ban would impact their
business in a negative way and protested the smoking ban. Many cities made certain
provisions within the law that would allow for patrons to still smoke in bars.
Casino owners felt similar to bar owners about the smoking ban negatively
impacting their business. In many states
provisions were made to allow smoking areas to remain in casinos. This left
many casino workers unhappy and many of them protested the decision. The battle
over smoking in casinos still wages on in many states.
The Effects of
Second Hand Smoke
There was a time
when everyone lit up in public and nobody thought twice about it. Now when a
smoker lights up it sends many people running for the door. The reason for this
drastic change in culture, was the evidence scientist discovered about the
health effects of second hand smoke. The
health effects of quitting smoking don't just benefit the smoker, they benefit
the smoker's entire family. Although second hand smoke is particularly harmful
to young children and workers exposed to smoke on a regular basis, it is
hazardous to everyone. Second hand smoke does cause cancer in individuals that
don't smoke. Thousands of lung cancer deaths annually are caused second hand
smoke and second hand smoke can also cause heart disease. It can also cause fluid in the ear, upper
respiratory infections and it can aggravate the symptoms of an individual with
The smoking ban
was not put in place to ban smoking altogether. It was merely designed to
reduce the exposure of second hand smoke for innocent bystanders. The smoking
ban continues to evolve each year in cities around America.