'Smoking to be banned in public places' is a much contentious topic these days, with almost no conclusions coming at the end. While the smokers continue to smoke in public places, the non-smoker continue to show their disgust and revulsion. Though everyone has a right to live freely in this world, he/she is not permitted to cause harm to other people. It has become practically impossible to refrain oneself from getting a second hand exposure to the smoke stench. Right from the bars and discos to simply walking on the road, everywhere a non-smoker is exposed to smoking.
It is very annoying to be surrounded by the smoke smell. It has been noted that passive smoking is much more dangerous than active smoking, because in the former case, you inhale the smoke emitted out by a smoker. Designated areas, allotted for the smoker to go and smoke, in a public place would be advantageous for both the smoker as well as the non smoker. While a smoker can freely smoke at the smoking zone, the non smoker will be able to relax, without worrying about the stench, smoke or harmful side effects.
It is pretty disgusting for a non smoker to move out of a pub, bar or disco or even a restaurant with his/her clothes stinking from the smoke stench. Second hand smoke enhances the risk of heart disease and heart attacks, by increasing the person’s risk of developing blood clots. Passive smoking also increases the chances of bronchitis and asthma to lung cancer and heart disease and even SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). While the smokers definitely affect their health, they also make the innocent people becoming a victim.
A ban would not only improve the lives of non-smokers but would encourage those causing the problem to help themselves. Till the time the ban is not in effect, the non-smokers can encourage smokers to walk outside to smoke. Along with that, they should insist on keeping the windows open, to keep the room ventilated and minimize the consumption of second hand smoke. Still, the most effective way to negate the effects of second hand smoke is to insist on a smoke-free environment, whenever possible.