Public Smoking Laws and The Political Debate

Public Smoking Laws

Public smoking laws have become an essential part of public health laws. There are probably hundreds of studies stating and proving that tobacco smoke is injurious to human health and causes disease such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and many lung diseases. There is no debate over presence of carcinogens such as nicotine; a study suggests presence of as much as 69 biochemicals, all of which are cancer causing. Public smoking laws are intended to discourage smoking in general and protect non smokers from passive smoking. They have been very successful in their purpose. Along with education against smoking and social discouragement public smoking laws have created smoke free environments in many states.

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Public Smoking Laws – Political debate

However, despite all the negative effects of smoking some states do not have public smoking laws that can ensure safety from secondhand smoke. There is political debate amongst state legislatures whether public smoking laws should be strict or not. One side argues on the basis of scientific results that smoking is nothing but a social evil and that it should be eliminated by gradually increasing discouragement. Others argue that smoking is dangerous to health nonetheless it is a matter of personal choice and the case of smoking in public is a case of lack of moral values and only education is the best cure, and that severe public smoking laws are not a humane solution this problem.

Due to this political debate, some states have chosen a path which is somewhat in between these two. In states where public smoking laws strictly prohibits smoking indoors, there is still occasional protest by smokers against tight legislative actions. They claim law should focus its attention at more sever crimes like robbery and murder etc rather than just picking up smokers at public places. Then there are those states which only ban smoking at crowded public places but allow in indoors where the rest of the incumbents have no problem with it like in bars and hotels. Everyone concerned should be aware of details of public smoking laws of his state and also of the land to which she/he visits frequently.

Smoking is completely banned in airport and any place there is a danger of fire. In most states public places like town centers, universities, hospitals, schools, colleges and places of religious gatherings are required to display No Smoking signs. This is also a requirement posed by public smoking laws. In some states restaurants are also places which public smoking laws and regulations require to be non-smoking zone. This difference in public smoking laws can very confusing for somebody who travels across states often, such a person should ask law enforcement officers for guidance.

It is duty of every member of a society to respect others lives as much as he does his own. No matter will be the result (if there will be any at all) of this political debate, we should be morally strong enough to not to smoke where secondhand smoke will endanger someone else’s life. No matter how strictly public smoking laws are enforced, we should be smart enough to not to endanger our own lives and also others.

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Wyoming Smoking Laws

Wyoming smoking laws are pretty much non-existent on a statewide level.  Smoking is prohibited government buildings, in state prisons, etc. There is currently no statewide legislation for adopting a statewide smoking ban.  It may be because the population is so widespread in Wyoming and being out-of-doors is such a way of life. Wyoming Smoking Laws- … Continue reading

Wisconsin Smoking Laws

Wisconsin smoking laws are in place thanks to Wisconsin’s Smokefree Workplace law, which was implemented in 2010 to promote healthier, safer air for the public.  By reducing the amount of secondhand smoke in public places and workplaces, the public would be healthier.  Public places and workplaces where smoking is prohibited by Wisconsin smoking laws include … Continue reading

West Virginia Smoking Laws

West Virginia smoking laws are pretty much non-existent, statewide.  People are allowed to smoke in most public places. However there are some small regulations in place to protect the public. These protections are primarily physical however as West Virginia is home to many mines and factories which employ explosives and flammable products. West Virginia is … Continue reading

Washington State Smoking Ban

Washington implemented initiative 901 in 2005 which prohibits smoking in all restaurants and bars, creating an effective Washington state smoking ban. This initiative was an amendment to the 1985 Clean Indoor Air Act which was implemented to help reduce the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on the public. Public places where smoking is prohibited include … Continue reading

Virginia Smoking Laws

The Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act was the first of Virginia smoking laws to pass.  It was originally implemented in 1990 and has seen amendments since then to continue the fight against the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on the public. In 2009 the smoking ban became effective for all restaurants and bars in Virginia, … Continue reading

Vermont Smoking Laws

Vermont smoking laws were first implemented in 2005 as the  Clean Indoor Air Act and has undergone amendment to include more areas that should be smoke free to protect the public. In 2009 these amendments went into effect with the addition of all non-hospitality workplaces being required to be smoke free. Vermont smoking laws prohibit … Continue reading

Utah Smoking Laws

Utah smoking laws are present in the form of  The Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, which was implemented to protect Utah’s citizens from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. The law prohibits smoking in all public places and workplaces. Public places where smoking is prohibited include office buildings, restaurants, retail and grocery stores, malls, bars … Continue reading

Texas Smoking Laws

Texas smoking laws are non-existent statewide.  Texas currently does not have a statewide smoking ban. The state does allow municipalities to adopt their own local policies regarding smoking however, and several cities have done just that. No Texas Smoking Laws? Well, that’s not totally true.  In 2009, 12 municipalities became either smoke free or partially … Continue reading

Tennessee Smoking Laws

Tennessee Smoking laws were implemented in 2007 in an effort to protect the public from the dangerous side effects of being exposed to secondhand smoke.  Under this law, smoking is prohibited in all public places and workplaces. Workplaces where smoking is prohibited include all enclosed areas controlled by private or public employers such as office … Continue reading