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In the late 1990s,several U.S cities voted to ban smoking in restaurants and bars. The main reason for doing this was public health. The action was controversial because smokers felt discriminated against. Some activists believe that barring smokers from these public establishments is not the only solution to the problem. In fact, they propose establishing separate areas for smokers and nonsmokers, installing advanced ventilation systems, and using other measures. However, the ruling to ban smoking in public places is now a law...
- 2 decades agoFavorite Answer
As a non-smoker, I obviously support such legislation banning smoking in restaurants and bars.
While restaurants have always had non-smoking and smoking sections, most restaurant-goers know that being in the non-smoking section does not mean that you're not susceptible to second-hand smoke. Whenever you go to a bar where people are allowed to smoke indoors, your body and clothes inevitably smell terribly after you leave. As a result, it is not difficult to understand why most non-smokers would be in favor of such smoking bans.
At the same time, smokers and some activists argue that smokers are being discriminated against; in colder cities, smokers resent having to stand outside in the freezing weather just to have a cigarette. However, most people are not sympathetic to the inconvenience that the smokers experience. First, since smoking is hazardous to our health, most would agree that it is better for everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike, that fewer people smoke. Second, non-smokers can easily make the counterargument that their rights of preserving their health are significantly more important than the smokers' desire to smoke indoors.
Several states that have passed the legislation so far also base their rationale on ensuring the healthy environment of work places. Since bars and restaurants are undoubtedly work places, proponents of the smoking ban argue that states certainly have the authority (and should) prohibit smoking in these places. A constitutional challenge on the authority of the states to pass such legislation would be futile. Courts have consistently given state broad policing powers, especially when relating to public health.
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- Anonymous2 decades ago
請問 寫出感想看法 是要用英文嗎?