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Smoking not only affects the person doing it, but it affects everyone around them as well. When a smoker decides to smoke in a public place, he or she is not simply making a personal choice, that person is creating a public health threat and is essentially forcing his or her personal decision onto others (“Passive Smoking.”) One of the major and most debated effects of secondhand smoking is the negative health effects associated with it. Secondhand smoking occurs when the smoke from one person’s burning tobacco product (or the smoker’s exhalation) is inhaled by others (“Passive smoking.”) Restaurant and bar employees are exposed to secondhand smoke daily and many customers do not appreciate it either. Research has proven that long term exposure to secondhand smoke causes the same problems as direct smoking, including lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, bronchitis, and asthma. Since tobacco smoke is an allergen, allergy sufferers can
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Unformatted text preview: experience stuffy or runny noses, watery or burning eyes, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and other typical allergy symptoms within minutes of exposure. No one should be forced to breathe deadly smoke in a workplace. It is unfair to ask workers to choose between their health and their job, and practically every public establishment is also a workplace, including restaurants and bars. Bartenders and wait staff should not have to face the serious health threat posed by secondhand smoke exposure while on the job (“Passive smoking.”) In addition, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, secondhand smoke is the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Local government officials have the ability to protect the public from such a serious health hazard. Smoking bans can decrease the general public’s exposure to secondhand smoke, thus helping to prevent serious illness or even death (“Smoking Bans.”)...
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