For the last decade or so the campaigns against smoking have intensified more and more. From horrible pictures and messages on the packets of cigarettes to banning any kind of cigarette adverts the government of every country is doing its best to discourage smoking.
The smoking ban in 2007 started off from the notion of protecting the non-smokers. I completely agree; they shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of smoking if they are personally not fans of tobacco.
But this positive discrimination is going way too far. You’re trying to protect the health of half of the community but you endanger the health of the other half by making them stand outside in the rain just to have a cigarette.
At the end of the day we have the same rights and I don’t see why I should stay out in the rain and catch a cold just to be able to have a cigarette.The whole issue actually starts with the government and their worry about benefits and the NHS. Taking into account smokers are more prone to lung illnesses they consider this would put more of a pressure on the health system and would cost more money. So they just decided to ban smoking.
BUT why didn’t they take into account the fact that by forcing them to suffer the weather conditions they will just make them MORE prone to health problems, which would cost more money?? A lot of you might say that yeah the government isn’t forcing them to do it but at the same time let’s be honest any smoker will do it.
So WHY don’t us smokers have more rights?? Restaurants and clubs with smoking and non-smoking areas, smoking areas being mandatory for all venues… These are just but a few of the solutions that could be found.