If you smoke, I smoke.

4 Aug


ONE OF the best decisions our government has made, in recent years, was to ban smoking in all enclosed public places, but I for one think they need to take it one step further.

The legislation, that came into effect on the 1 July 2007, made smoking in public or at the work place illegal, ensuring non-smokers can enjoy a second-hand-smoke free lifestyle.

Choosing to smoke is an individual’s personal decision, and one I don’t begrudge them for, however, taking away other’s right to a smoke-free environment is what really yanks my chain.

The legislation has done wonders in ensuring pubs, clubs, football stadiums, even bus-stops, are smoke-free at large. As a sufferer of asthma, albeit very mild, I don’t appreciate walking down the high street and inhaling someone elses cloud of toxins.

I personally feel that smoking should be an activity that is undertaken in one place, and one place only, at home.

Since the 2007 ban was brought into place, England has seen the largest ever fall in smoking rates.

In the first year of the ban, about 400,000 people quit smoking and scientists have estimated that the new laws will prevent about 40,000 deaths from smoking-related diseases over the next decade.

We are constantly shown statistics showing how smoking causes consequences of unthinkable proportions, yet the slightest tweak in leglisation could potentially affect the decisions of millions.

21 percent of the population of Great Britain choose to smoke; but 66% of those who do, claim they want to give up.

Being unable to smoke legally outside their own homes, would aid the 66% who feel smoking is a luxury they can afford to drop.

Smoking is the cause of one-in-three of all cancers, and 87% of lung cancer cases, and every year 120,000 die because of their habit, but the figures do not stop there.

Second-hand smoke increases a non-smokers risk of getting lung cancer by a quarter, and it kills around 11,000 innocent people in U.K. every year, in the form of lung cancer, heart disease and strokes.

Research has shown that even 30 minutes of exposure to second-hand smoke can reduces blood flow in a non-smokers heart.

There are two types of tobacco smoke; mainstream smoke and sidestream smoke. Second-hand smoke consists mainly of sidestream smoke, which comes from the burning tip of cigarettes.

Should members of the public be forced to inhale this deadly cocktail of poisonous gases?

Sidestream smoke is four-times more toxic than mainstream smoke, so whilst smokers inhale their puff of tobacco, non-smokers are subjected to the poison-filled, cancer-causing toxic cloud.

In sidestream smoke, there is three times more highly toxic carbon monoxide and up to 70 times more ammonia, than in mainstream smoke.

For me there’s two options, smoke at home, or don’t smoke at all.

Is the health of the nation worth risking just so smokers can get their nicotine as and when they wish?

I think not.

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3 Responses to “If you smoke, I smoke.”

  1. Squire August 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    It's a view I share.For three years, I worked at least 25 hours a week in the Union bar – two of those years while the smoking ban was not in place. I have never smoked and certainly don't intend to start, but I imagine that I must have inhaled the equivalent of many hundreds of cigarettes.The legislation has done its job to protect workers and those who cannot rely on good ventilation to remove toxins, and as you point out, the next step is arguably to ban it from all public places. Let's start with walkways and festivals.

  2. Eve Janine August 5, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    This is amazing Andy, and very scary 😦 I kid myself that because I only smoke when I have a drink that it's not as bad but it just well is like.I want to quit! Now! 🙂

  3. Karen August 7, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Perhaps this is the answer? Or not…(Since I can't post links, just search for the headline "Boy forced to chain-smoke 42 cigarettes")

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