Every year many people have smoking-related deaths in the United States. A large percentage of these are due to lung cancer. Which is a big cause from smoking. However, not every one of these deaths are smokers themselves. Anyone in the vicinity can fall victim to second hand smoke. These people, through no action of their own, can have their lives threatened.
This problem should take action on a local scale to help protect the health of the public. The City Council should being the process of debating a city ordinance which would ban smoking in all public places, with the exception of those designated as "smoking areas". A public place shall be defined for smokers to use.
Several other methods for solving the problem of second-hand smoke have been suggested in the past. One method is to use air purifiers to clean the air.(Second) While this can remove some smoke particles from the air, even the most expensive air filtration system cannot remove all of the poisons and toxins put into the air by second hand smoke. Another solution would be to have separate rooms in which smoking is allowed, such as a lounge or parlor. This idea would not work because, the rooms for smoking would require entirely separate ventilation systems to accomplish the objective of protecting others.
The need for this legislation is made obvious by statistics, as well as by example situations. As the Saskatchewan Institute on Prevention of Handicaps states on their web page about second hand some, people who are regularly exposed to second hand smoke are 50% more likely to develop lung cancer. These people never smoke themselves, but they are still put at risk by others. The Saskatchewan webpage states that half of all children exposed to second-hand smoke are exposed at home. While this is an important fact, its importance lies in opposite, half are exposed in places other than at home. In America 25,000 people are killed every year in car accidents, while 53,000 die...