Should smoking in public places be banned? | The Tylt
Should smoking in public places be banned?
Technically smoking outdoors can be a health risk to non smokers, but the risk is pretty negligible and easy to compensate for.
The more open the space and the farther away you are, the lower your smoke exposure. To get the kind of exposure you'd suffer indoors, you have to stand within two feet of the smoker. Move seven feet away, and you're "close to background," i.e., breathing normal air. I recommend greater distance than that, just to be safe. But you don't need to ban smoking throughout Central Park.
There may be benefits to a public smoking ban beyond a person's immediate health.
There is, however, an important public health benefit from such bans. “They make it more difficult for smokers to smoke,” Bayer told us, “and contribute in an important way to the ‘denormalization’ of smoking.”
A lot of people think they should be allowed to smoke outside. Many smokers already move away from nonsmokers and besides, it's a personal choice to smoke and people shouldn't be regulated out of making personal choices.