I suppose what it all comes down to is opinion...and when something like this happens, it infringes on an individual's rights. Yes, I am a smoker and would like to quit, but..it is difficult to do so. Let me say, that I hope I am always a courteous smoker so that it never offends someone, unless of course, that someone is being annal, by walking by and simply being disguested by the smell of my cigerrette, to me...that person has a control problem, or the media and government and people have caused them so much duress and fear over somthing this is yes, bad for you, but not nearly as bad as the consuptions of others things which society ingests every single day. Chemicals to me, are the killer...drugs second nature, and drinking but the effects of all those nuclear tests back in the 40's are still present. Not one scientist can predict how long a chemical stays in the ground once it is there.
Do you own a deck? I suggest you think about the toxins in every piece of wood that holds your deck together...when it rains, those toxins are slowly washed into the ground waters, streams, rivers and oceans.
You have no idea...all over the poconos, everyone wants a crystal clear lake...they hire chemical companies to come in and treat those lakes....telling you, they are safe to swim in...and you cannot imagine the amount of fish floating dead on the surface after each treatment...SAFE? I think not...not to mention, this to, is washing into the ground waters...adding, the Poconos in PA is a very large parcel of land...there are no sewage treatment plants...and all that stuff is washing into the ground...you should see how close the septic tanks are to everyones drinking wells...it's absolutely a disgrace!
And so...you decide...which is worse...smoking is most certainly a contributor...but, it is used as a smoke screen and blamed for a large amount of deaths due to cancers...think about it for once, do you see a rise in cancerous brain tumors? How many of them smoke...believe me...there are less and less smokers every year..which is a good thing...but smokers are not the cause of all cancers and brain tumors, and somewhere along the way, someone better wake up...b/c we are ruining our home and natural resources. 2nd hand smoke??? Shhhheeessshhhh! This to me, is an insult to intellegence....