Arguments against passive smoking - A Guide to Stop Smoking

Opponents of passive smoking argue that there isn’t a clear link between this and diseases such as heart disease and cancer. They go on to say that any evidence about this is flimsy at best and has been distorted to suit the needs of the smoking ban lobby.

In their eyes this is an unacceptable reason for removing what is a basic human right for many people. In other words, people must be allowed to decide for themselves if they want to smoke or not and it is not up to others to dictate to them.

More information about this can be found on the Forest (Freedom organisation for the right to enjoy smoking tobacco) website.

Another source of opposition is the Tobacco Industry who argue that there is insufficient evidence to support passive smoking.

So what can you do about this?

If you have children then avoid smoking near them or go outside for a cigarette. And ask any visitors to do the same. Ensure that you and your family visit places which don’t allow smoking as this will reduce the risks to them and the temptation to have a smoke for you.

If you can’t avoid a place which allows smoking then sit as far away as you can from smoking areas.

Educate them about the dangers of smoking. Children or teenagers are often tempted to smoke as they see it as a cool, grown up activity but persuade them not to.

Passive smoking is a problem at work but many workplaces have banned smoking on their premises, especially since the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007. This combined with the fact that smoking is far less acceptable has resulted in smokers often feeling like pariahs; forced to huddle in small groups outside their offices in order to have a cigarette.

Learn more about this in our Smoking Ban section.

The arguments will continue but whatever your feelings on this the best form of action is to stop smoking. This will prevent any further risk to you or your family as well as improving your overall quality of life.

It is easier said than done but there is help available to you. The NHS and other organisations offer help and advice on stopping smoking and don’t forget about your GP. He or she will be able to advise you about the wide range of treatment options that are designed to help you quit smoking.

If you want to know more then visit our Stopping Smoking section.

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