Honestly, I don’t care if people are smoking as long as they keep the smoke to themselves. It’s your choice to smoke for whatever reason you choose. You may say to yourself smoking doesn’t really make you sick or we are all going to die anyway whether we smoke or not. It is your right to choose on how you want to treat your body or on how you want to die. But do you have to bring people to suffer sickness because of you or to die instead of you?
Please think, you flaunt your smoke, letting out the smoke in the air for everyone to breathe in. You think it’s your right. But your right is bordered by other people’s right also, the right to breathe in fresh air free from harmful substances in cigarette smoke. If you lock yourself in a room to smoke for yourself, nobody cares. But when you do it in public, forcing people to suffer the consequences of your action and choice, how does that make you any different than people who hurt other people physically?
I really hope people who smoke in public got arrested and put in jail. That smoking in public would be considered as physical assault and there’s legal consequences for it. So they would see the seriousness of this issue.
Someday, I will go live in a country where smoking in public is banned and people abide by the rule. Up until now here in Indonesia, it’s like almost every time I’m outside, there’s someone who smokes.
Na michigeol gat-a. Home is the only safe place away from smokes.
I treat people who smoke near me far worse than people with infectious diseases.
People who got infectious diseases don’t have a choice. But people who smoke made that choice and even willing to sacrifice other people’s health for their own, what? addiction.
It’s a common knowledge that passive smokers (people who breathe the secondhand smokes are more prone to health issues).
So, sorry not sorry!
Because I hate cigarette smokes for as long as I could remember. Since I was a child, my father is a heavy smoker and I am against his habit all the time.
Everytime someone smokes near me, I couldn’t stand it. I could smell the smokes even from a distance. Wearing a mask doesn’t help much. I feel suffocated and then my rage boils.
So it’s either I tell them off, glare at them, or run away from them, avoid them at all cost.
I wish I could destroy all cigarettes in the world.
I can smell cigarette smokes from far away.
In a country ruled by smokers, even when there’s a rule not to smoke in public, no implementation could be felt.
So for someone who really despise cigarette smokes (like me), it’s hard
to go with public transportation,
to eat outside,
to be in a confined place,
when it’s filled with smokers (even smokes from one is worst enough for me) who doesn’t understand:
that we, non-smokers, really crave to breathe in the air without being contaminated by your cigarette smokes.
If I were a president of this country, the first thing I would do is to ban smoking in public and to put a very strict rule in its implementation, everywhere.
In Netherlands, it was not allowed to smoke inside buildings. Any smokers would go outside to smoke, even in the freezing weather. So I was so relieved. I didn’t have to fight with the smoke and I can’t recall getting upset because of cigarette’s smell during that year.
“The picture shows Indonesia is in the yellow, where there is only Partial “smoke-free” restrictions, or patchy or INCONSISTENT law enforcement.
Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Cigarettes are smoked by over 1 billion people, which is nearly 20% of the world population. About 800 million of these smokers are men.
Nearly 80% of the world’s more than 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries. Only 20% smokers live in high income countries, and with US leading the numbers, so less smokers are found in other high income countries. This will make the proportion of smokers to non smokers in those countries is way lower than in low- and middle-income countries, for example Indonesia.
Indonesia already has the world’s highest smoking prevalence among males, as 67.4 percent of males over 15 years old smoke, meaning 2 out of 3 guys in Indonesia are smokers. Currently, the country ranks fourth on the list of countries with the most smokers, behind China, Russia and the US.”
Data & Picture sources: Wikipedia and others