The Smokers Have Rights Also
It is common knowledge now that smoking is bad, so we should not do it, right? Not necessarily, there are many things that are bad for us, but we still do them anyway such as eating fast food. Everyone knows anything that has been deep fried is horrible for your health, but we still do it because we like it, and the same goes for smoking. Like other things, smoking can be acceptable in moderation. But some may question this because smoking not only hurts the one smoking, but others around them. There are ways for nonsmokers to avoid smokers and there are ways for smokers to avoid nonsmokers. People just need to try and change things rather than sit around and complain about it. Why should something such as smoking, which is a personal choice, be banned just because someone else does not like it? Smoking should not be banned because smoking is a personal choice and everyone has the right to decide on one’s own health.
One may argue the main reason to ban cigarettes is not because it hurts the smoker, rather ban cigarettes due to secondhand smoke. Whenever one thinks of secondhand smoke, they think about the big cloud of smoke coming out of a smokers lungs, but this is not what they should be worried about. The smoke that has come out of the lungs has gone through the filter of the cigarette and been filtered through the lungs, the smoke coming from the lit end of the cigarette is what one should be worried about. This smoke is directly releasing the chemicals in the cigarette therefore not being filtered first which does make somewhat of a difference.
Secondhand smoke is a combination of smoke coming from the lit end of the cigarette and what the smoker exhales (Johnson). It is estimated that there are 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 lung cancer deaths cause by secondhand smoke each year (Johnson). There is also research that suggests breathing in secondhand smoke increases one’s risk for breast and nasal sinus cancer (Johnson). “A 2006 U.S. surgeon general's report noted that nonsmokers who live with smokers have a 20 percent to 30 percent greater chance of developing lung cancer” (Johnson). According to the National Cancer Institute, about 250 chemicals in secondhand smoke, of the 7,000, are known to be harmful and seventy of them can cause cancer (Johnson). “The study of 11 moderately dependent cigarette smokers and 13 nonsmokers found 1 hour of secondhand smoke in an enclosed space resulted in nicotine reaching the brain, in smokers and nonsmokers alike, to bind nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that are normally targeted by direct exposure to tobacco smoke. Secondhand smoke also evoked cravings among the smokers, suggesting that it may deliver a priming dose of nicotine to the brain that contributes to continued cigarette use in smokers” (Hampton). These are just some of the effects of secondhand smoke, the list goes on. It is made clear simply from the list I have compiled that secondhand smoke it...