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Smoking in Public Places and Why it Makes me so Mad

Smoking in Public Places and Why it Makes me so Mad

As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I’m a non-smoker, as are all of my immediate family. I do think smoking is a dirty habit and I do get annoyed when people think it’s OK to smoke around myself and my children. I do understand that smoking is an addiction. I’m aware that once you’ve started, it must be terribly hard to stop. However, I also think that just because you have an issue that you can label as an ‘addiction’, it doesn’t automatically give you the right to make other people suffer along with you. Especially when they don’t consent.

My inspiration for this post came from a recent visit to a children’s play area with both of my girls. On one the hottest days of the year, we donned our hats and sun cream and headed to the park. The perfect Sunday morning jaunt. After we’d been there a little while, we were joined by a toddler and her grandmother. The issue was though, that the grandmother thought it was entirely acceptable to smoke on the playground. She showed absolutely no concern for the health of anyone else’s children, never mind that of her own granddaughter.

Smoking and health –

This blatant act, of what I believe to be anti-social behaviour, made me so angry. If she really couldn’t wait until she was in the privacy of her own home to smoke, the least she could have done was taken herself away from the children’s play area. I will never think it’s acceptable to smoke around other people and their children, public area or not.

It’s a well know fact that smoking is a contributing factor to many serious health concerns. According to the NHS, smoking is responsible for a whopping 90% of lung cancers, as well cancers of the mouth and oesophagus. Smoking can also cause significant damage to the heart and blood circulation, increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Not to mention an array of respiratory diseases.

What about our children though? What are the effects of passive smoking? Well, children that are exposed to cigarette smoke are at far greater risk of developing health problems than those that don’t. Illnesses such as meningitis, persistent coughs and an increased risk of cot death are all associated with second-hand cigarette smoke. Asthma can also become worse if sufferers are exposed to smoke.

No excuses –

The thing is, in this day and age we have been so well-educated on the risks of smoking. Steps have been taken to protect the public to a certain extent, there really are no excuses for smoking. There are NO benefits to such a destructive habit. I’m absolutely sure that some people will disagree with my opinion, I’m sure there are people who believe that they can do as they please. To me this just shows ignorance, a lack of education and a lack of empathy.

 

How do you feel about smoking in public areas? 

 

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24 Replies to “Smoking in Public Places and Why it Makes me so Mad”

  1. I really hate smoking in public areas. There’s quite a few parents who smoke outside the gates of my sons school so we often have to walk through the smoke to get inside. I don’t understand why they don’t just move along a bit. I think it annoys me so much because it’s inflicting passive smoking on my kids. There’s a alley way that runs along the back of our house and there’s people that smoke weed there, and I’ve had to move the kids out of the garden and close all of our windows so they don’t inhale it. Not great when it’s 30 degrees outside!

  2. I hate it!!! I cant believe smoking has been banned completely! My neighbours smoke outside and it comes into our garden, really annoys me.

  3. I agree, I hate the smell of cigarette smoke. My husband smokes but he makes it a point not to smoke at home, he only does it at work. However I wish he’d stop because of all the health related issues with smoking. I think that you can politely ask someone not to smoke around a playground but until laws change, they still can legally do it. Here in Southern California there are cities where you can’t smoke in public anymore. Some may see it as imposing on someone’s right to smoke however at the same time, the smoker is imposing on your right to breath clean air because second-hand smoke is worse than smoking. #Blogstravaganza

  4. Hi Zoe, I am totoally with you on this! I think it’s a disgusting habit but it’s an individual choice. However, I draw the line when it comes to passive smoking – and worse still, around children!

  5. I agree wholeheartedly with you! It drives me nuts! You can do whatever you want. Destroy your body and your home and your loved ones who agree to be around you, but don’t force me and my family. My aunt died due to health problems caused by her husband’s smoking. That wasn’t enough to make him quit. I will never understand why people pick up the habit, but I always hope that if you do pick it up, you keep it to yourself.
    #Blogstrvaganza

  6. As a parent I try to protect my children from harm. I lost my husband to cancer, so I’m very conscious about the risks of smoking. He was a social smoker. His cancer wasn’t smoking related, although you always wonder. #Blogstravaganza

  7. This really gets me too. I don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke at all (also being a non-smoker) but if you have to do it then do it away from other people, especially children!! Thank you for sharing lovely #Blogstravaganza host. I hope this will encourage smokers to think twice about when and where they light up xx

  8. I gave up smoking over three years ago now. When I use to smoke I would get annoyed if people moaned about me smoking outside as I felt that being outside was not hurting anyone else, however, now that I have not smoked for so long I can see how it does actually effect those around you. Maybe she does not realise either. #Blogstravaganza

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