I am a junior at SMCC and I am writing this letter to express my feelings about the recent elections that banned smoking in all public places. I am glad that smoking was banned in public restaurants and such because I cannot stand the smell of cigarette smoke. I can always tell if someone is around smoke or smokes themselves because I can smell it on their clothes. I will get headaches if I am around smoke for too long.
It has been said that second-hand smoke is the more dangerous kind of smoke. I don’t care if people want to endanger their own lives by smoking a cigarette, but when you endanger my life and those that do not smoke, there is a problem. I believe that I have a right to live. I wish that smoking could be banned all together, but I can see that will not happen for a while if it does occur.
An article from BBC News, “Smoking at Work ‘Kills hundreds’,” gives a statistic of how many people die from smoking or smoking related instances. “According to Professor Jamrozik’s calculations, approximately 700 people die from lung cancer, heart disease or stroke because of passive smoking at work. Another 3,600 people die as a result of second-hand smoke at home. He also estimated that passive smoking kills one person working in the hospitality industry every week.” Although this article was from 2004, this statistic shows a staggering amount of people who are being hurt or killed by cigarette smoke. This is why I think that the smoking ban was a good idea.