The places where people can smoke might become are becoming more and more limited by the minute.

New York City has been making a headway in curbing second-hand smoking. On Wednesday, Mayor Michale Bloomberg announced that there are plans in the work to expand smoking bans outdoors because of the impact of second hand smoking.

“The science is clear: prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke – whether you’re indoors or out – hurts your health.  Today, we’re doing something about it,” the mayor said in a  statement .

In fact, second hand smoke in the United States has actually been citied as a ‘striking’ issue. According to a report released in September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of U.S. children between ages 3 and 11 show signs in their blood of exposure to secondhand smoke. Children that have been in the midst of smokers are more prone to bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, and decreased lung function. The report also showed that 40 percent of non-smoking adults have cotinine in their own blood, a chemical that indicates exposure to second hand smoke.

“When people visit parks and beaches, they expect to get some fresh air, not inhale deadly carcinogens,” Bloomberg said. “Studies have shown that outdoor tobacco smoke levels can be as high as secondhand smoke levels indoors and there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

Nearly 90 million Americans are exposed to second-hand smoke in the United States and Bloomberg’s imitative for New York makes the city amongst the first regions to push for bans on outdoor smoking. California attempted to pass a similar measure that would have banned smoking in state beaches and parks, but the bill failed after it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an avid cigar smoker himself.  In the past, government’s wrestled with the idea of smoker’s sections in restaurants and indoor spaces, which have been cited as risky places for second-hand smoking. Each individual has their own right to choose whether or not they want to smoke—but what happens when there is no place left for smokers to go? Can health risks be a reason to push out a certain group of people from public spaces like parks and beaches?

Do you believe that outdoor smoking bans are fair? Is it necessary to end second-hand smoking?

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  • Junican

    A couple of mothers have commented that they would go crazy if a person who enjoys tobacco approached their babies. They have a right to do so. But is there not a danger that these mothers will not see the wood for the trees? Billions of mothers and fathers have smoked in the presence of their children and no adverse consequence has ensued. Is it not dangerous that mothers might be so consumed in their minds about avoiding smokers that they do not see the signs of meningitis, for example, which might afflict their children? After all, if a mother has avoided smokers, of what importance are a few red spots of the baby’s body?

    Therein lies the importance of disbelieving propaganda.

    We are assaulted on all sides by propaganda, non more so than by the anti-tobacco Establishment. May I quote the following FACTS, taken from the Office of National Statistics for England and Wales for 2009:

    The statistics below are ’causes of death from various cancers’ and apportioned by age:

    Age……….Lung………..Breast
    To 34………20……………50
    35-44……..220…………..540
    45-54……..1250…………1190
    55-64……..5070…………1960
    65-74……..9100…………2040
    75-84……..10140……….2510
    85 +……….4220…………2150

    Age……….Colon……….Skin
    To 34………40……………50
    35-44……..100…………..110
    45-54……..350…………..200
    55-64……..1070…………340
    65-74……..1970…………470
    75-84……..3020…………430
    85 +……….2180…………250

    To put these figures into context, 500 000 people die in England and Wales every year. There are 96 causes of death listed, and, within those causes of death, there are multiple variations which are not listed (for example, as regards lung cancer, there are several different types of lung cancer).

    I have not ‘cherry picked’ the above figures – the age related ’cause’ of cancer deaths is universal.

    I am not sure that I should go any further – but I will take one more step.

    One can see from the simple but true and certain figures above that breast cancer deaths occur earlier than do lung cancer deaths (remember that only females, apart from a minuscule number of men (66 in 2009, to be precise) are involved). Breast cancer is a far greater cause of death than is lung cancer in early and middle age. And look at colon cancer deaths!

    And here is the most important thing. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT CAUSES BREAST CANCER OR COLON CANCER. ‘Exposure to the Sun’ has been hypothesised as ‘the cause’ of skin cancer (melanoma), just as ‘exposure to tobacco smoke’ has been hypothesised as the ’cause’ of lung cancer.

    Finally, in view of the above, I really do not understand how the Anti-Tobacco Establishment have got away with it.

    Why is it that politicians are so ignorant of the facts?

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