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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?

Smoking is a bad habbit to start, luckly I've never smoked and I don't wish too, it ruins your health, makes you smell and costs.

I wish I never started smoking. It's such a disgusting habit. I hate knowing that I smell like a cigarette and other people can smell it on me, especially none smokers. I've tried to quit a few times, I hope to one day be successful in quitting. I would like to be a none smoker by the time I have children. I feel it's unfair to children to have to be around smoke and it's not safe to smoke whole pregnant. I also want to be a none smoker before my wedding.Smoking is just a waste. Has ruined my breathing. Big regret.

joyed 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.

My, oh my, we sure do like to tell other people what they should or should not do. Last I knew, smoking was legal. I don't smoke, but I recognize that people do have that choice since it is a legal activity. If I don't like the smoke, I can move as easily as they can. Somebody else's drinking is much more dangerous to my well-being than their smoking.

Yes, second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer. However, if you don't smoke, you are much more likely to develop lung cancer from industrial pollution than from second-hand smoke.

i feel like smoking used to be more popular a decade back, i remember seeing many hs students smoking on the corner of the street as well as in bars.

I am glad i didnt get into smoking in highschool, its just way to costly with to many health hazards, if u smoke an avg of 1 pack a day for the rest of your life it will cost you over 80,000$!

That is a lot of money to be blowing it up into thin air of smoke. I am also glad that I didn't follow the high school crowd of smokers. Patting myself on the back now:)

I have no idea why people smoke. It's disgusting. It is a habit abhorrent to the nose, harmful for the lungs, and dangerous for the brain.

I don't get it either it smells and it burns the throat. Most people that smoke though started when they were young to fit in with peers. Then they just got addicted to it and once you are addicted it is vry hard to stop.

You can kill yourself by smoking also it can cause cancer which also can kill you, dont do it kids stay off smoking

My mother in law died of lung cancer. She was only 56 years old. She also had heart attack 3 years before she died and had quit smoking but by that time it was already too late.

i smoke but when i do i usually go the balcony or if im with friends who don't smoke i walk behind them so i can smoke and it wont blow on them, i just feel like its common respect for non smokers

Smoking is bad for health. I do not know why a lot of people do smoke. They know what is gonna happen to them. That is their choice and have to pay for the consequences.

There is nothing worse that smokers who quit because they think that just because they quit everyone else can quit. I do not smoke and never did however I think harping on people to quit many times makes it worse for this person and is not helpful. Just because one person was able to quit does not mean that another one has less will power or less self discipline, People in our society have been trying to make people feel guilty like this for ages and I think it backfires in helping people. It is not a matter of coddling someone but it is a matter of respecting that everyone has different capabilities and what one make think is easy is difficult for another. Willpower is not something you can touch, buy or wish for more of , it is very elusive and to start judging people on whether they smoke or not is just totally absurd, People who quit smoking are not somehow better than those who have not, nor do they have any more willpower.

Well said!
And there are some people that just don't want to quit! It doesn't make them selfish! It's a choice that they have made.
It's funny that everyone thinks it is ok to tell a smoker that they need to quit. However you never hear of anyone telling an overweight person to put the french fries back.

I know that I will probably be one of those that carry a personal fan around with me. I am still trying to quit. Some days are better than others But I can see it in me when I go any length of time without smoking. I really hope that I am not rude to others when I do quit.

Considering that smoking violates the physical body boundaries of other people, I think the idea of rudeness to a smoker is irrelevant. "Unncessary force" makes more sense. Do some people worry about seeming rude to muggers? What about rapists?

I am sorry, but smoking a cigarette and raping someone is totally different.
To try and compare the two is absolutely absurd.

Hm, I don't necessarily think smoking should be banned... but I know I don't like the smell of it clinging to my clothes. Also sometimes the smell is overpowering it actually makes my throat tighten up.

I don't like being near the smokers because i end up caughing abnormally.It really bothers me a lot.My mum used to smoke and i barely persuaded her to stop.I don't think banning it would be muhc effective.I think people should have free will to decide whether they'll use it or not.If they decide not to use t, that is great achievemnet.

Sometimes I think why people invent things and do it for a long time if that is hazardous. Like smoking and drinking alcohol, so many people were and are still doing those activities. That many people are wrong?

There's something to be said for total bans, just because if it's that bad for you, then maybe it should be least in theory. But total bans are rarely effective. Look at how many people are addicted to illegal drugs. But strict regulations are probably still a good thing.

I was raised in a house/family full of smokers. Anyone I came in contact with smoked. Growing up I had little to no taste buds, and almost no sense of smell. My mom smoked the whole time she was pregnant with me too. Since I have been married for 3 years, which is also the length of time I have spent away from my family, I have been able to taste and smell more than ever. I believe that the weakness of my senses was due to all that smoke. I mean, now a days when someone lights up, my nose burns like crazy and I can actually smell it. I am not a smoker thank the Lord neither is my husband or his family.

I used to be a smoker but I was careful with my smoke. Unlike other smokers who don't care, I care for people's right to clean air so I avoid smoking in front of them.

There are people in my family who are upset because I dont bring my kids around them....I've told them when they quit smoking I will. Reason being, they dont care that the smoke blows in the kids faces...One even tried to hold my son with a cigarette in their mouth. If you want to smoke fine, but not so close to my kids faces, please.

I started smoking through peer pressure, i think it should be illegal, it's incredibly difficult to quit and i feel sorry for those like me who want to but struggle!

This reminds me of my younger years. I was taught to smoke by my friends. Not really peer pressure but a matter of choice. I want to be like them. And the vice stuck. I am fortunate to be able to quit in 2007.

Alexander good for you quitting smoking. Although your peers may have never said anything to you about smoking they were exerting implicit peer pressure to smoke, The need to be like our peers is a very strong force that has made us all do things we wish we never have.

I would appreciate bans on smoking anything in any place where other people have to breathe it. I don't think tobacco is in any way better than marijuana or should be treated differently.

There's already a ban of smoking in public places here. Most buildings prohibit smoking not only inside the building but inside the compound. In a big city called Quezon City, smoking is soon to be banned in public places.

Good for Quezon City! Some U.S. cities and neighborhoods also ban smoking in public places. (For example, the official ban extends 25 feet around the doors of this computer center. Has anyone mentioned yet that smoke destroys computers?

All of this hating on smokers is too much. You want to say ban it or its a bad habit well so is that big mac you just ate, or driving 5 miles over the sped limit could kill someone, or whatever els you want to come up with. How about we sue McD's and jack up their taxes too?!

I'm all in favor of...well, everybody watching "Super Size Me" and making their own decision about McDonalds. However, if I overeat when I'm standing next to you, the fat doesn't go into your body. If I smoke when I'm standing next to you, the smoke *does* go into your body. You have a right to be angry about that. Your body is your own; you don't have to accept its being violated.

I think there is good reason to criticize smokers..and I feel like I am allowed to do so ..since I am an ex-smoker.
Sure it is hard to quit..I will be the first to admit it was agony at times..but it is possible and should be encouraged..
Smokers need to get off their high horse in claiming it's their body yada yada..well it's our air..

B Jeeze I am not for smoking myself but I agree with you we can not pick and choose what bad habits to ban. We need to find a better way of dealing with it, Just because some people are able to quit doesn't mean others are. It is recognized as a medical problem and we try to need to be a little more understanding and helpful in dealing with this, In my state you can get free nicotine patches in an effort to help people stop.

Coddling peple and saying they can't quit or it's too hard is not the answer in my opinion. The more you tell someone how hard it is and they can't the more they will excuse and justify bad behavior.

Nicorette gum, patches, even chewing tobacco can be used for the nicotine craving..the rest is purely mechanics and where there is a will there is a way. The problem is will...

I don't have anything against raising taxes in cigarettes. I also don't care if smoking is banned. What I care about is the rights of all. So smokers can smoke provided they don't spread their smoke to other people.

I agree with you B Jeeze! I would never tell an overweight person to drop the french fries! Why do they think it's ok to tell me to drop my cigarette?

Joan with all due respect, just because you are an ex-smoker does not justify you criticizing anyone.

Kelly V, with all due respect, if your cigarette is transmitting nicotine into other people's lungs, then they're being as polite as they need to be in telling you to put it out. They'd also be justified in using a fire extinguisher!

I have never seen anyone with a cigarette force someone to stand near them and inhale anything.
If you don't want to inhale it, then don't stand by someone with a lit cigarette.

I can't imagine anyone taking you a fire extinguisher to put out someone else cigarette, I Don't think this would go over very well.

Janet, Let's just say that if anyone took a fire extinguisher to me while I was smoking, they would have a lot more to deal with than just smoke! ;)

Kelly V at least I have you on my side! I am a smoker but I smoke away from others because I don't want to be rude. How about next time I am offended by your weight you eat your big mac somewhere else. I am very respectful when I smoke, I always smoke where there are no other people that are standing by. If you see me smoking and you don't like it walk the other way. Stop the hate people on us smokers and blame it on the people that made them in the first place. I might think that your nasty habit of picking your nose is unhealthy to me but I walk away from you. Lets get the government to tax you every time you pick your nose since that is a gross habit.

I could not agree with you more B Jeeze. I don't smoke or care or it myself but that does not mean I have the right to tell smokers what to do. And as you say if we start telling them what to do then all bad habits should be fair game.

Love it B Jeeze!
I don't walk around blowing my smoke in anyone's face! If they don't like it then move!
If I don't like the way someone smells, I stand away from them, nonsmokers can just stand away from me!

Smoking...uh. I will never smoke to be honest. I find smoking bad and it really affects your insides. Smoking is bad, very very bad

It is easy to say bad. But why bad? You should have pointed out the bad effects of smoking like staying slim, getting big muscles, not getting tired, etc.

Alexander Socorro, is that a joke or a typographical error? Smoking may help some people eat less, but some smokers take up more than one chair when they sit down. Most young men get big muscles if they exercise, and most women (and a few men) do not, regardless of whether they smoke. And even in his late sixties my blind, disabled father noticed that he had much more stamina after he finally managed to quit smoking...and could take deep breaths for the first time in thirty years.
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