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smoking should be banned Smoking shouldnt be banned
Debate Score:17
Arguments:12
Total Votes:17
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 smoking should be banned (10)
 
 Smoking shouldnt be banned (2)

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Should smoking be banned in public places

Many countries today have laws that prohibit smoking in public places because it affects non smokers as well.This damages their health against their will and could cause them lung cancer.But also it seems as though this law protects only one side and public places(which should be available to everyone for all purposes)meet only the needs of non-smokers,tobacco causes addiction and active smokers cannot spend a long time without lighting a cigarette which automatically makes public places and many other facilities unsuitable for them and their needs.Also this is bad for tourism in some parts,caterers are financially damaged by these new laws that suggest them to provide services to only one part of both residents and tourists.Is this law actually going to protect non-smokers or simply affect smokers?
Is this a noble deed or a true act of discrimination?

smoking should be banned

Side Score: 15
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Smoking shouldnt be banned

Side Score: 2

A smoking section in a restaurant is kind of like a peeing section in a pool.

Side: smoking should be banned
2 points

One ought to have the right to threaten or damage their own health, but when one's actions begin to affect the health of others that right should end.

Side: smoking should be banned
2 points

Smoking should be banned in public places because of other people. Not everyone wants to breathe smoke into their lugs.

Side: smoking should be banned
1 point

Smoking should defiantly be banned in public places. The places they do allow smoking might lose a bit of money, but it will also help with the health problems that occur. Most people believe that someone who is not in the smoking area of the public place will not be affected by the smoke, but smoke is able to spread in a room and affect the people around. Smoking causes alot of problems not only for the smoker, but for the people around. If someone were to put together a protest for those to stop smoking in public, I bet that every non- smoker would say they should.

I doubt that the bars are shutting down JUST BECAUSE smokers choose not to go. Oh and by your logic, if someone is a pyromaniac and always has the need to light fires that its OK for them to run around in public with fire, the non pyromaniacs just need to avoid the fire. No big deal right?

Side: smoking should be banned

Of course smoking should be banned in public areas. Not only does it affect the smoker, it can also hurt other people. People will breathe it in and then it's in their lungs. That is especially bad for people with asthma or something else with their lungs. A lot of people have died for second hand smoking. It's a problem that needs to be stopped.

Side: smoking should be banned
1 point

People can ignorantly make the argument that smokers can do what they want - it is their choice to smoke, and their choice to harm themselves.

This is naive. Smoke from cigarettes doesn't just get breathed into one persons lungs and, when breathed out, become safe. That smoke travels all around the space you're in, and everyone around you will be breathing it in, and be effected by it.

Passive smoking is a real problem - the components of cigarette smoke will harm individuals apart from the actual smoker. The gaseous tar will be breathed in, restricting the air ways and clogging the lungs. The carbon monoxide gas will reduce the carrying capacity of others red blood cells, leading to increased blood pressure. The nicotine, in high enough volumes is likely to cause passive smokers to become addicted, without ever smoking a cigarette.

Everyone around you. Everyone in your vicinity. Will be effected by the smoke from your burning cigarette.

You don't get to choose the lifetime of others. Keep your smoke to your homes, or just give up, and prolong your own life - this is one time where you can be selfless, and still help yourself.

Side: smoking should be banned
1 point

Yes.

Smoking is noxious not only to the smoker but the people around him also.

Side: smoking should be banned
1 point

I agree that it is the individuals choice whether they decide to affect their health or not, but when it begins to have an impact on others' health I must draw the line. Inhaling second hand smoke is just as bad as smoking a cigarette. Some young children may be unaware of the health risks that come with smoking, but when witnessing another person smoke, they may find it 'a cool thing to do'. They may then go on to start smoking themselves in order to look good, little do they know that they will most probably get addicted and make themselves very ill in the future. If people chose to smoke then I understand, but do not influence others or have an impact on their health in public - keep it to yourself.

Side: smoking should be banned
1 point

I think non-smokers' right to get a clean air is more important.

Smokers have agreed to get their lungs sick, but others haven't.

Side: smoking should be banned
1 point

smoking is up to the individual not others if people don't like smoke avoid the people who are smoking. I would not say that smoking should be banned, but I do not think it is necessary that people should go as far to have to avoid another person purely for them being a smoker. What I think they should do is just go back to a smoking section with air vents leading upwards and away from people in the smoking section, making it less likely that if a door is opened to the smoking section, that smoke will go out. Also, businesses are not losing a little bit of money, there are bars that have been there for years all around me that are being completely shut down. All because people will not go there because they cannot smoke.

Side: Smoking shouldnt be banned

There can be partitioned areas in public places, then, both sides can be compromised.

Side: Smoking shouldnt be banned
MyThoughts67(4) Disputed
1 point

There shouldn't be partitioned areas in public places because we shouldn't be smoking in the first place. If smokers are able to smoke in public places your just encouraging people to smoke.

Side: smoking should be banned