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Cigarettes are a huge part of many people’s lives and a familiar sight in today’s world. The Mayan civilisation chewed tobacco leaves and smoked, but they also mixed the tobacco leaves with other plants and herbs to make medicines. Columbus was probably the first European to see tobacco leaves and the first one to introduce tax on tobacco was King James I of England. 

Even though tobacco was very much enjoyed in the ancient world, the first health warnings began in the 1950s. Today, the tobacco industry receives negative publicity and the people are informed about the addictive and deadly effects of smoking. In spite of all the warnings, a good cigarette is enjoyed by many around the world.

What do you believe, should Smoking be banned permanently?

Danielle Simms
I love to smoke as well. It is a nice way to unwind from a stressful day. I have been smoking for a long time and only gave it up when I was pregnant with my kids.
Tom Coder
I honestly love to smoke. The act is a ritual to me, and helps me to unwind and relax. But, at the same time I am not a heavy smoker, I only have around 5 cigarettes a day.
Chynne Dixon
Smoking is a very harmful and nasty habit. I don't feel as if it should be banned though, since so many people are use to doing it. It's crazy how even though people knows the end effect of smoking they continue to do it.
Nona Owens
Cigarette smoke makes me sick. When I have a patient come into my office with a heavy smell of smoke on their clothes my nose stops up and my chest hurts. I have had to decline treatment for a couple because of this.
Onnuri Kwak
Well, i never liked tobacco smoking in first place, on top of that, my father side people did not have healthy lung, so I try to steer clear.
Payton Aquino
Smoking is really disgusting to me in my own opinion. I feel smokers don't respect others when it comes to their health. All of those parents who smoke around children as well. It is not healthy at all!! I did read that it is against the law in another state I think Oklahoma? I don't know exactly where, but yeah
Elena Qian
My boyfriend smokes and I don't like it because I don't want him to get ill in any way but there's something about the smell I like. It's weird.
Arielle C.
I think smoking is a bad thing. First, it can cause so many terrible things to your body like lung cancer or gum cancer or giving you a bad cough every now and then. Second, it pollutes our planet's air,the air we all breathe. Third, it can get in the lungs of others or influence others to smoke. Dying at a young age because of smoking can affect the people you love most. Smoking should be banned permanetly.
Susan Turner
Smoking is some thing you should be able to do if you want to and they still sell the product. If they take tobacco off the market then you should be able to tell people they can't smoke ,but it is still legal so what right does some one have to tell you you can't smoke. And this has nothing to do with whether it is good or bad for you I am just saying it is legal.
Deborah Dillon
I do not support a ban on smoking. if we are a truly free democratic society, then we would not have bans. I am a non-smoker who has left lobe lung cancer. so. a ban on smoking does not keep you safe from cancer.
'Colleen Chickie
I do not support smoking. I think it is stupid to pay for something that will take my life away. Just imagine how much money I can save instead and put it towards something that can benefit me rather than possibly give me cancer and kill me.
Katharine Danae
I used to smoke cigarettes but I quit. I only started smoking when I had met my ex but now I don't really smoke except a cigar to relax sometimes.
Sylvia Frazier
eye smoke. do not have the urge to quit. eye enjoy smoking. and with all the roll-your-own equipment available currently you get to cut that bill in half, safely.
Kris P. Bacon
I live in a second-floor apartment and I have a shared landing that I share with my next door neighbor.

She smokes on the patio multiple times throughout each day. My bedroom window directly faces this area. So, in the summertime I either die from the heat, or open my window and get blasted with smoke every hour or two! It's terrible.
Sylvia Frazier
no, no, no kris. while i understand the discomfort that can be caused to non-smokers from smokers but all we can do is not blow it in someones face! i would say she is within considerable guidelines - she has no control over how the building was erected and in other instances such as wind directions. HOWEVER, if it is really a problem that you can't live with i would suggest a fan (blowing away from your window). perhaps, even approach the neighbor with a gift of a fan and so very nicely ask her to place it where it blows the smoke away (OR into the other neighbors window)
Kris P. Bacon
I'm not a smoker and I'd never start, but I'm almost (ALMOST) jealous of those who do, because it looks cool.
I mean, yeah in elementary school they try to make you think it doesn't look cool, but it does... It's hard to look as nonchalant and aloof as someone with a cigarette between their fingers.
But maybe I've just been brainwashed successfully by the ad campaigns, I don't know.
Amanda Grace
I am a smoker and need to quit. I can feel it getting to my breathing and I am only in my 30s. Need to stop before it is too late.
Debra Meilahn
I use to smoke and it was my decision to do so. I know a lot of people at work that are on a girl at work to quit because it is a nasty habit . yes I agree that it is and am glad that I don' t smoke anymore but if a person has never smoked before they do not have any idea how hard it is to quit. I will never jump her about it and I try to support her. I craved cigarets for 7 years after I quit but just never lit one up or I knew that I would have been hooked again. I look at it like any addiction if you keep telling some one to quit they are going to rebel. you have to be ready and make your mind up. and some of the meds that they have that you can take the side effects are so bad I would not take the stuff
Sylvia Frazier
say what?? ban smoking? unbelieveable. i just came off the topic of legalizing marijuana. i would completely dismiss this topic if it were not for - i believe anything can happen when certain people get behind an idea. PHOOEY
Kris P. Bacon
Nobody wants to ban people smoking on their own private property, just in public spaces.

If public alcohol intoxication is a crime, public smoking of any kind should be as well. If your behavior or smoke is going to be disruptive to others, just stay home.
Dawn Mcglothin
well after reading some comments on here i have to say i am a smoker and I do not understand some comments made are here for example smoking is stupid...well its a personal choice by each person.
Kris P. Bacon
Choices can be stupid. Sorry, but it's true.
It's like choosing to play the lottery, choosing to join a cult, or choosing to pet a wild wolf.
Sandra Lord
I tried smoking once, while in college. I had asthmatic bronchitis so badly, for two weeks, that i never did it again.
I am glad that i did not pick up the habit. I do know that some people do continue to smoke, despite asthma or other lung conditions.
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