Analysis of the Healthcare Bill 2012 As earlier mentioned, the Healthcare Bill 2012 is one of the newly introduced healthcare legislative bills in the United States. It creates the Mississippi Smoke free Air act of 2012 by restricting the smoking in public areas such as workplaces, restaurants, bar, and gaming sites. This is in the sense that the bill prohibits people to smoke in any enclosed public areas and places of employment. In addition, it also restricts smoking within twenty feet of building entrances and windows, public commuting areas, in arenas, stadiums, amphitheatres, amusement parks, zoos, playgrounds, and recreational parks (Abood, 2007). However, the bill acknowledges that smokers are citizens and deserve to be treated as such. Therefore, it allows for the set of designated areas in these above-mentioned public places where smokers are allowed to do whatever they wish. According to Wolf (2001), although there are designated smoking areas for smokers in public places, these regions must be designed in a way that they follow the rule of the law. This is in the sense that they are at least 20 feet away from people seating sites and areas for playing and sports. In further exploring the impact of healthcare bill 2012, Wolf (2001) observes that despite the fact that under this act smoking is prohibited in public areas. The bill is less concerned about smoking in private residences, private clubs, and private religious ceremonies. Nevertheless, the law could be enforced if at
these private places, the place is turned to a childcare or adult care centre, healthcare facility, and private club open to the public and private religious centre open to the public religion ceremonies. According to Abood (2007), if the healthcare legislative bill is enacted, the bill might be costly to the manufacturers of cigarettes countrywide. This is in the sense that the businesses might lose customers a good number of smokers that used to carry out their acts in public places without caution. However, these businesses might gain new more smokers who never used to smoke; as they have been designated private sites where they could freely smoke without restrictions. In support of these views, Wolf (2001) notes that the ban for smokers could reduce the profit of smoking manufacturers and dealers in the modern society. Additionally, people employed by business owners in bars and restaurants might lose employment. Further, small business owners might run out of business for the reduction of profit, lose of business and high cost of living in the modern times. The smoking ban lowers the market value of the hospitality and tourism industry. This is according to Abood (2007) who also notes that the smoking ban might lead to a transfer or complete loss of business for Mississippi. This is because not all states in the United States have enacted this law. In any case, smoking cessation aids results in the decrease in cigarette sells. Further, people who might engage in smoking might experience adverse health consequences for some patrons and employees. This is because cigarette smokers constitute about 18 percent of the U.S. population and the number is inclusive of infants and children. However, the former smokers who quit because of the law constitute of about 19 percent of the population.