"Smoking in public places should be banned."

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Smoking in a public place results in the people in near proximity to the smoker to come in contact with the same polutants that the smoker is inhaling. The inhaling of someone else's exhausted cigarette smoke is second hand smoke, and is a health risk as well as a distasteful intrusion upon the non-smoker's rights…

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The common practice of smoking in buildings exposes non-smoking occupants to undesirable by-products under conditions where toxic contaminant removal is slow and unreliable. Over the past two decades, medical science has proven that non-smokers breathing second hand smoke are vulnerable to the same disease and illness that smokers suffer from.
The past two decades have been highlighted by repeated reports detailing that second hand environmental tobacco smoke is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and death. The reports further explain that deaths from second hand smoke are preventable and often urge the public to treat second hand smoke as an environmental toxin. The only reasonable course of action is to protect workers and the public from this health hazard.
The degree of risk from second hand smoke is not a new fad based on popular opinion. The dangers of second hand smoke have been verified for over a decade as workplaces have steadily become the first line of defence against second hand smoke. Employer awareness has placed increased pressure on banning smoking in the workplace. Passive smoke in the workplace increases the risk of developing cancer and it is incumbent upon employers to minimise exposure to second hand smoke. ...
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