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Anti-smokers hate the people who smoke, not smoking. Review with images

AdvantagesSmokers bring in big tax

DisadvantagesAlcohol is far worse

"...that's the case. In fact should we be advertising cigarettes that way at all on ciao? An investigation on the BBC, headed by that bloke from Dragons Den, found sales of cigarettes to under-age kids has increased an incredible 50% here. The tobacco companies are not going down without a fight it seems. One retailer in five was found to be breaking the law in an underground operation run by Trading Standards, which if we are honest is nothing new, ..." Read review
25.08.2010

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Community Level 6kelr101

kelr101

Freedom of choice

AdvantagesSocial Pleasures, Relaxing Aid

DisadvantagesHealth Risks - Cancer, Stale Smoke Stinks

"Should smoking be banned in public places? *Argument for a total ban* In November 2004, The Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health (SCOTH) reported that exposure to second hand smoke (or passive smoking - Passive smoking is defined as breathing in other people’s smoke) was a serious risk to non-smokers. They report indicated that the chances of a non-smoker contracting lung and heart disease were increased by about 24%. This estimate was ..." Read review
24.03.2005

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Protect the innocent

AdvantagesA lot of people would be a lot healthier

DisadvantagesHow difficult would it be to enforce?

"...that, but children, who really should have the right to clean fresh air. Smokers however do have an inalienable right (unfortunately) to smoke in public, and I find this hypocritical also, I mean, drinking alcohol, though socially acceptable, is banned on our streets, so why not smoking? I'm not entirely sure of the facts, but I believe no one ever died of passive drinking did they? I'm not going to get all evangelical about it (like most newly ..." Read review
25.09.2004

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Smoke gets in your eyes...

AdvantagesWill lead to less people smoking , will protect workers

DisadvantagesLoss of freedom of choice

"...have to be protected, people should have a right to choose to do what they want even if this is to some extent dangerous to their own health. I'm not just talking about smoking specifically but other 'dangerous' activities like mountaineering, paragliding or horse riding (statistically is the most dangerous participation sport accounting for many deaths every year). The point is that just because some activity is or could be detrimental to a person's ..." Read review
07.11.2006

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Community Level 5sheri3004

sheri3004

An important step forward for Scotland

AdvantagesA reduction in death and ill-health associated with passive smoking

DisadvantagesEnforcement may prove difficult

"...for why I think smoking should be banned in public places. I live in Scotland, where a smoking ban has already been agreed and will be implemented on March 26 2006, under the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005. I'm delighted that this legislation has been passed and feel that it does reflect a progressive approach to the issue and a genuine concern for public health on the part of the Scottish Executive. Why is a ban necessary? ..." Read review
15.11.2005

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Community Level 5robert_par...

robert_parnham

Is there always fire when there’s smoke?

AdvantagesNone (see review)

DisadvantagesLimits your freedom (see review)

"...straight to the point. Should smoking be banned I all public places? No, absolutely not. FREEDOM OF CHOICE For now, I want to leave aside all the stuff about whether smoking is right or wrong. For me, this is an issue of freedom and freedom of choice. It’s about the freedom that individuals and businesses have in their decision making. In America, and especially in some states (such as California, New York and Florida) there’s a sort of ..." Read review
22.12.2003

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Community Level 5rabbiter

rabbiter

Is it worth it?

AdvantagesWe can breathe more easily?

DisadvantagesPeople would like to smoke... why shouldn't they?

"...support the smoking ban, smoking should be banned in all public places (if only that included the street!!), there are many health benefits to this, we can now go into so many buildings which were once full of smoke and breathe easily which is good for all of us. Because I am a non-smoker I do believe that non-smokers should have the ultimate right, we have decided not to smoke so why should we be exposed to smoke? We were not born designed to smoke, ..." Read review
01.09.2007

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Community Level 2CFG1985

CFG1985

From a smoker's point of view

AdvantagesPublic health, blah blah blah

DisadvantagesDiscrimination? Danger? Possibly...

"Yes, I am a smoker. This means that my argument against the public smoking ban will probably be considered invalid, because I am obviously one of the evil, uncaring purveyors of the passive smoke that the government is trying to eliminate. I'll try not to get too bogged down in the health issue, as it would be hypocritical of me to type with one hand about my personal opinions on public health while I'm smoking a fag with the other. Nor am I going ..." Read review
02.04.2006

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Community Level 3Chimkuyu

Chimkuyu

People deserve choice

AdvantagesHealthier environment for all

DisadvantagesBlanket bans are flawed

"...new regulations and behaviour - people should be able to make choices for themselves Now when can we move on to fining people for littering? ..." Read review
08.11.2004

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Ban Nicotine?

AdvantagesPeople who don’t smoke will come home from the pub feeling fresh, clean and healthy

DisadvantagesPeople who do smoke won’t want to go out and will feel even more isolated.

"...anyway!) I think that we should think far more carefully before putting out a blanket rule that will affect everyone. The non-smokers groups have already got their no smoking in the workplace, now they are trying to effect leisure time as well, for Gods sake, has no one got any freedom anymore. You may feel that you are helping these people to quit, let just burst this bubble for you, you’re no. What you are doing is making people feel resentment ..." Read review
27.05.2004

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Community Level 4carolburns

carolburns

HOW DO YOU DECIDE?

Advantagescleaner air

Disadvantagesnot many people would stick to it

"...But surely pure common sense should be brought into this - Things work so much better if you think them through and be sensible in your choices than just rush in with the first thing that comes to mind. If they decide to ban smoking in the street I will go along with that (no difference to me now anyway) but the problems will be in the difference between public and private . You may hear my name mentioned many a time until it is totally clear where ..." Read review
26.09.2005

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To smoke or not to smoke

AdvantagesEveryone would be healthier

DisadvantagesIt goes against freedom of choice

"...flatmate smokes but I don't. Should she therefore, refrain from smoking in the house? Some people may say 'well let her smoke in her bedroom', but the problem with that is that doors are no barrier to smoke, it will inevitably find its way under and around the door and maybe even seep through the wood itself. I personally hate the stink of cigarette smoke. When I get on the tube in the morning and a smoker gets on, I can immediately smell the stench ..." Read review
22.11.2004

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tolerance, what tolerance?

Advantagesmmmmmmm - can't think of any really

Disadvantagesa tendency to alienate 50% of the population

"First off I admit I used to smoke at one stage in my life...not in a committed 40 a day way, but as a social prop. About ten years ago I decided buying 10, smoking two and giving the rest away was a bit of a naff thing to do, so gave up. I mean, smoking two a week is really pushing things a bit, isn't it? Let me say that I know many people have smoked all their lives and are never ill. My husband died of cancer, but he hadn't smoked for 15 years ..." Read review
28.09.2003

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Community Level 4steffee

steffee

Should we ban smoking?

AdvantagesCleaner atmosphere, might convince last few smokers to quit

DisadvantagesDoesn't help the smokers

"...no, in my opinion, smoking should not be banned in public. Oh dear, I need to use a minimum of 120 words so I guess I will have to elaborate a bit. A bit. Ha ha, ask me to talk about smoking just a little. Well, ok I'll try. ☼ Here comes the 'About Me' or 'Background' or 'My story' Section (you get the picture...) ☼ I don't smoke. I haven't smoked for a few months... well ok, if you must know, 5 months, 3 weeks, 2 days, 1 hour ..." Read review
14.02.2005

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Community Level 3Trixie_Fir...

Trixie_Firecracker

Can't please everybody at the same time...

AdvantagesLess passive smoking, less smell, no more irritated throats.

DisadvantagesHard for the addicted smokers.

"...it comes to whether smoking should be banned in public places...I'm in two minds. The non-smoking part of me shouts out 'Yes! Finally I can sit in a bar or a pub at night and not go home with stinking clothes and a sore, irritated throat that persists for days' - I mean, we all know the dangers of passive smoking, the link was recently proved, we've got the statistics...fair enough smoking is not illegal and it's someone's choice whether they smoke ..." Read review
17.05.2005

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