jaroslav123 saidThe thing is smokers are lazy and do not properly dispose the cigarette. They also smoke within 20ft of a building/overhang, which is not allowed. Also it is your health that is at risk. Second hand smoke reaches beyond the smoke, it can include what they touch.
Life2Short saidAs of August of this gear the University of New Orleans FINALLY joined the 21st century and banned smoking on campus altogether. Who else is ready for Clean Air? The city of New Orleans only has a partial Clean Air Act covering hotels and restaurants and if you've ever been here you know its something people take full advantage of by filling the bars, clubs and casinos with more smoke than a chimney.
Utterly ludicrous. People get pissed on campus as well. As long as people do it outside and dispose of cigarettes in a bin, then I see no bother.
The second hand smoke theory has been disproven on countless occasions. It is pure logic that breathing in a section of smoke is not dangerous (because you're not using a cigarette or cigarettes ).
Personally, I find it hilarious that on the second-hand smoke argument - nobody seems to bother to mention cars and how they pollute the environment and perhaps infect our lungs also.
I can only talk from experience, and state that all the people I know who smoke aren't lazy and do dispose of their cigarettes. We should treat them as addicts and help them not ostracise them as disgusting freaks.
Banning smoking in a certain area won't stop people from smoking and it certainly won't stop other people from breathing in second-hand smoke. It's a pseudo-intellectual method of attempting to solve a deeply complicated issue.
For the most part the problem of "oh no it affects me as a non-smoker" is resolved by smoking outside: the wind blows the smoke away so you don't necessarily have to breathe in large portions of it, as opposed to if somebody was smoking inside. There should be a campaign instead to make people put cigarettes in bins.
The whole shooing away smokers thing honestly won't resolve the issue and it is quite simply a case of being utterly petty and feeling that somehow breathing in second-hand smoke makes you oppressed. Smokers are doing far more damage to themselves than they are to you, I can firmly assure you of that.
The whole situation was actually sorted out by a smoker/non-smoker apartheid...The Smoking Room stopped the whole second-hand smoke issue - but then of course the UK labour government did a stupid move (which also wasted loads of money) in scrapping the smoking room as a whole.