The advert in questions depicts a room loaded with smoke, as if your home is on fire. Eventually, the advert is focused on a tiny child, and the advert informs us that 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible. The concept is even though it seems like the little one is just not passively breathing your tobacco smoke, they may the truth is be doing simply that.
Now in starting to write this short article it struck me that it would be hard to remain unbiased. Perhaps I shouldn’t be too bothered about being unbiased, all things considered I represent me and no one else. However I decided in this case I would try to be, as undoubtedly some smokers will read through this and I don’t prefer to offend. But bear in mind in reading this article, my dilemma is for the health of the public, and even more importantly, our little ones.
One important thing that also shocks, and angers me to some extent, is that Scotland was able to implement a smoking ban before England. Within the land of Haggis and also the Deep Fried Mars Bar, our cousins on the north implemented a law significantly conducive to your good health, before England. I wish we had done it sooner, as now as i take a night out I don’t awaken stinking of smoke. As I eat inside a restaurant, I don’t lose my appetite right after a lungful of carcinogenic smoke. Meals and nights out are now a far more pleasant experience to the change.
Yet, I can’t help but feel it has just moved the situation across the line instead of stamp the trouble out. Now rather than developing a side order of smoke with my salmon, (not the level of smoked salmon I would personally wish for in the restaurant) I become it as a an unwanted desert after i exit the restaurant, as being the poor, smoke deprived clientele rush to get their fix at the door. Exactly the same is more apparent now in every town shopping centre. While you exit the larger establishments you are required to travel through a haze of foul smelling smoke. Being somewhat angered through this, I can’t help thinking a day my exaggerated fake coughs can get me into some type of altercation or trouble!
The essential conundrum can be a tricky one though. Smokers would argue that it must be their ability to smoke if they would like to, and as the law allows, it is actually their right to smoke outdoors in public places areas. This much is technically true, and purely speaking in technicalities, you can’t really argue along with it. But surely, the rights of the wanting to breathe clean air should come as being a higher priority? And because the problem seems only to become a real issue in public areas, when will common sense prevail and find out a fairly comprehensive public smoking ban enforced? I only say relatively comprehensive, while we cannot expect smokers to visit cold turkey from nicotine when out contributing to. I would even suggest large bus-stop style smoking shelters in developed areas that allow public smoking but protect the lungs of people who don’t wish to be subjected to it.
This brings me on the most essential point though. Inside the thick of this, I must see the following 10 times whenever I go shopping within a town centre. Mum/dad using a cigarette in their hand, at waist level, mere inches from the infant child’s face. This is basically the section of the article where I need by far the most effort to restrain my anger. Everyone knows smoke rises….needless to say…however you are outdoors, there are actually breezes, drafts of air when people walk on your part inside a hundred different directions…your youngster is ingesting nicotine and smoke, and irrespective of the quantities, this is not fair around the child. How can it be once the child has no choice? Accomplishes this not constitute abuse in some degree? Coming full circle now…to that advert, using that knowledge now publicly available, I would personally implore people to rethink this, and prevent smoking now, a minimum of within the vicinity of non smokers, and more importantly, children. Just think, even if the research is poor, the statistic possibly inaccurate, why would you take the risk?