smoking

Smoking in public places should be illegal, and today, we the affirmative
team, will give

you many reasons to prove why.

People have been smoking cigarettes for hundreds of years, but it wasn\'t
until

recently that people started to realize exactly how bad cigarette smoking is.
It can have a

number of negative effects on the smoker, such as - Lung Cancer, Emphysema,
Heart

Disease etc…Not only can it have these effects on the smoker, but a person
who is simply

being exposed to the smoke can contract the same illnesses, which hardly
seems fair.

Smoking in public places is actually endangering people\'s lives.

Secondhand smoking is proven to cause lung cancer. Many reputable groups that

have inspected the evidence have reached the same conclusion, such as the US
Surgeon

general\'s office, National Research Council, National institute of
occupational safety and

health, international agency for research on cancer, and the US occupational
safety and

health administration. Studies conducted show that people who breathe
secondhand

smoke are 150% more likely to get lung cancer later. Exposure to second hand
smoke

causes about 47,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,000 lung cancer deaths,
making

Secondhand Smoke the third leading cause of preventable death in the country.
Not only

that, but Secondhand smoke causes up to 300,000 cases of lower respiratory
tract

infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia in infants and young children.
These children

and adults are totally innocent, and have made the choice to keep their
bodies healthy by

NOT smoking, yet their results are just as bad, if not worse, then the
smokers! Americans

should have the right to be healthy if they so choose, and to do that, we
need to create a

smoke-free environment in all public places.

Cigarette smoke contains about 300 dangerous chemicals. In order to contain

these chemicals to just the smoking sections, ventilation rates would have to
be increased

more than a thousand-fold to reduce cancer risk. Even if we had the money to
do that, it

would be impractical, because it would crease a virtual windstorm!

Many places in the US already do ban smoking and the results have all been

positive. 85% of the nations shopping malls are now smoke free. Princeton
borough and

township are doing things that hopefully many other towns and cities will
follow--they are

the first localities in the New York metropolitan region to outlaw smoking in
almost all

public places, including bars and restaurants. The Law states that smoking
should be

allowed only in private homes, outdoors and in the borough\'s single smoke
shop. This is

exactly the kind of law we need throughout the United States.

Many restaurants across the Nation have banned smoking and it has not hurt

business at all. Even smoke-free ordinances in North Carolina, the number one
tobacco-

producing state in the US, have brought on a positive effect. The vast
majority of studies

shown have proved the same thing. Studies in California and Arizona had
similar results.

Massachusetts\'s smoke free restaurants increased sales by 4%. In New York
City, eating

out has increased since the city\'s clean indoor air law took effect. The year
2000 the

target date to make all enclosed public areas smoke free. New York started by
limiting

the smoking sections in existing restaurants and making all new restaurants
completely

smoke-free. In all my research, I only found one article on how clean indoor
air

regulations had a negative effect, and it turned out those places were
getting paid off by

the tobacco company!

Not only does the new law not affect the restaurants and other public places,
but it

doesn\'t affect the people negatively either! In a recent pole, 2.8 million of
the 46 million

smokers said they\'d quit if there were a national ban. Fifty thousand others
would decide

not to start each year the law is in effect! This may not sound like a lot,
but it is.

Cigarette consumption would decline at least 10%, which is about 2.5 million
packs a

year! Before, about one half of the non-smokers were avoiding certain
restaurants b/c of

the smoke. Now, 17% of non-smokers eat out more, and are making up greatly
for the

33% of smokers who refuse to eat in these restaurants. This may seem like a
lot, but in

fact, it isn\'t! Only 30% of Americans smoke, so actually only 10% aren\'t
eating out b/c of

the law, while about 30% more people are! In total, 86% of the American
population is

not only fine with the Clean Indoor Air Act, but actually like it.

Smoking kills people; it\'s a fact. But the people who choose to smoke already

know that. They make the choice to risk their lives because they choose to
smoke

cigarettes. There is nothing we can do about that, it\'s their life, and it\'s
their right.

However, nonsmokers have rights too. They have the right to not