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Posted on August 20th, 2012, by

Smoking is extremely dangerous to human health. In this respect, it is important to lay emphasis on the fact that smoking is dangerous not only for smokers but also for non-smokers if they are exposed to the impact of smoke. It is not a secret that smoking can provoke the development of various diseases, including cancer, cardio-vascular diseases and many others. In such a situation, the public debate concerning the ban of smoking in public places arises while in many countries smoking in public places is banned. However, the ban of smoking in public places reveals the full controversy of smoking in public places: on the one hand, smoking is the manifestation of an individual liberty of actions, whereas, on the other hand, smoking exposes smoker and other people to a threat of the development of various diseases.

Naturally, in such a situation, the debate over the ban of smoking and the debate concerning smoking in public places evoke two controversial positions. On the one hand, there are smokers and their supporters who believe that they have the right to smoke in public places and they should not be limited in their rights and liberties in this regard. On the other hand, there opponents of smoking, who stand on the ground that smoking in public places should be totally banned to save health and life of all people, including non-smokers.

At first glance, smoking in public places is a natural right of each individual that cannot be limited. Smokers are accustomed to smoking and the limitation of their right to smoke in public places will create significant inconveniences for them. At this point, it is possible to speak about the discrimination of smokers on the ground of their habit to smoke. In fact, the ban of smoking in public places can lead to certain exclusion of smokers from the society because they will need to choose either to keep smoking and limit their attendance of public places or attend public places and give up smoking. In this regard, the free will of smokers is not taken into consideration and smokers perceive the ban of smoking as the violation of their rights and liberties.

On the other hand, smoking is extremely dangerous to human health and the limitation of smoking is essential not only for non-smokers who can be exposed to smoke in public places of smoking is allowed but also for smokers because the ban of smoking in public places forces them to decrease the amount of cigarettes they smoke daily. As a result, steadily they can give up smoking. In such a way, the ban of smoking in public places is essential in terms of protection of the public health. As a result, many countries have already banned smoking in public places to secure their citizens.

Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is possible to conclude that smoking in public places raises the heat debate between smokers and opponents of smoking. Nevertheless, it is obvious that considerations of the public health and health of smokers themselves outweigh considerations of smokers. Even though smokers can argue that they have the right to smoke in any place they want they cannot expose other people to the risk of development of various disease because of smoking in public places.

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