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Up in Smoke - Sadre-Orafai Engl 1101-H3 Up in Smoke Fall...

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Sadre-Orafai Engl 1101-H3 Fall 2007 Up in Smoke A person can no longer walk through the doors of a retail store without having to hold his or her breath, and although signs say “non-smoking seating area,” diners still find that they are inundated with thick, hazy and smelly smoke. Non-smoking employees may decide to take lunch breaks behind the establishment where picnic tables are available, but they are immediately warded off by a familiar smell as they begin to wheeze. What is this unknown menace? It is none other than cigarette smoke, a chemical laden and disease causing gas. Millions of Americans are daily exposed to the literally thousands of chemicals in secondhand cigarette smoke. A solution to the overwhelming amount of cigarette smoke in the air and the resulting health problems that unwilling citizens endure is for the federal government to outlaw smoking in public places with a ban that covers any public establishment. Once observed as a healthy social pastime, smoking tobacco was prevalent in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries. Posters which depicted both women and men alike smoking a certain brand of cigarettes, usually Lucky Strike in the era of the World Wars, were plastered everywhere promoting this proclaimed healthy lifestyle. These posters produced an artful deception of non-harmful smoke, both first- and second-hand. Not
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