Smoking: Something that Shouldn't be Legal in Restaurants and Bars

Essay by mimmiLUniversity, Bachelor'sA, March 2007

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On June 1st 2005, the air became fresher than ever in Swedish restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. Many countries, just like Sweden, make attempts to fight tobacco usage by banning smoking in public areas such as restaurants, bars, and even outdoors.

Ever since I started going out to clubs and restaurants, I've been getting used to coming home late at night smelling like an ashtray, even when I haven't even been smoking! I am tired of that. Even though there might have been no-smoking areas, these areas don't keep the smoke away. I hope that, with a ban, less people will have to experience this in the future. Smokers put themselves at risk, but why should people who don't smoke have to inhale smokers' dirty habits?You've probably noticed that smoking is one of the most popular habits in today's society. From all the information and warnings we hear about tobacco, there is no doubt that smoking is harmful, and still, people around us smoke every day.

Although research done by Dr. Mendez and Dr. Warner (2004), supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, concluded that tobacco usage among adults has steadily declined from 1995, when the observations started, until 2002 (p. 251), the World Health Organization [WHO] (2006a), reported that all around the world there are an alarming 1.3 billion smokers. Half of them, 650 million people, will die an early death because "of a tobacco-related disease"(para. 3). What we also know is that we can be affected by secondhand smoke around us, even if we've never smoked a cigarette in our lives. According to University of California medical researchers Dr. Stanton Glantz and Dr. William W. Parmley, "passive smoking . . . kills 53 000 people each year in the United States and puts thousands more at risk" (as...