How Far Should Smoking Bans Go?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

We all know cigarette smoke is bad. But we’re learning that public smoking bans may not be enough to prevent exposure to those toxic fumes. Trace explores how far public smoking bans would have to go to keep non-smokers smoke free.

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Many kids still exposed to secondhand smoke in cars

“A new government study reports that while fewer kids and teens are getting exposed to secondhand smoke while riding in the car, rates of exposure are still high enough to warrant concern.”

Smoke-Free Rules and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Homes and Vehicles Among US Adults

“An increasing number of US states and localities have implemented comprehensive policies prohibiting tobacco smoking in all indoor areas of public places and worksites.”

Secondhand Smoke Levels Higher in Cars than in Bars or Restaurants

“The concentrations of secondhand smoke are significantly higher in cars than concentrations generally measured in bars, restaurants and other public places that allow smoking, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”

Secondhand Smoke, Kids and Cars

“Recent action by several states and territories to prohibit smoking in privately owned vehicles while children are present has brought significant attention to the issue of the risks to children associated with exposure to secondhand smoke, particularly in vehicles.”

Large majority of adults have smoke-free rules in homes, vehicles

“Four out of five U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and three out of four report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles, according to a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

82 percent of adults support banning smoking when kids are in the car

“A new poll shows 82 percent of adults support banning smoking in cars when children under 13 are riding in the vehicle.”

Why is second-hand smoke more dangerous in cars?

“Breathing in second-hand smoke anywhere is harmful to anyone’s health. However, breathing in second-hand smoke inside a car is even more dangerous.”

Poll: U.S. Adults Support Smoking Ban in Cars With Kids

“Eighty-two percent of American adults support banning smoking in cars when children younger than 13 are in the vehicle, according to a new survey.”

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TylerTheWolfxc Gaming June 3, 2017 - 1:04 PM

all these butthurt non smokers yall need to quit bitching if you dont like the smell of smoke too damn bad deal with it there are plenty of bad things in the air that you breathe food that you eat and products that you use so again quit bitching

Andrew yung June 17, 2017 - 10:14 PM


jaden ippersiel July 2, 2017 - 10:57 PM

Banning smoking will just make it more dangerous think about it.

jaden ippersiel July 2, 2017 - 11:01 PM

Why does everyone in the comments have to be triggered about something someone else does. Like common

Butters July 31, 2017 - 10:07 AM

your vido is to vague,

Yuki Future diary August 22, 2017 - 4:39 AM

My family had died of smoking and there's even a question my grandpa when through 20 years of hell cuz of it hospitalized evry month for the last 2 years until his lungs finally stop it's fuckin discusting that it even happens and it should be illegals and punishable by jail time

Patrick Owens October 23, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Total ban on tobacco required someone should start a website where we can all register our name to say we will be boycotting shops that sell tobacco! If you have lost a relative to this crap it's a great way to get your revenge! If hopefully when banned the government can order the treasury to create the amount lost in taxation to balance the books then simply rite the money off at the end of the financial year!

Dead Bones Brook November 17, 2017 - 9:01 PM

The bar? Alcohol is bad too. Why do people do bad things to their body to feel good?

EXS November 24, 2017 - 4:47 AM

It Should be ILLEGAL. If you have a reason why this shouldnt, tell me.

If you can.

Biff Roberts December 20, 2017 - 5:11 AM

Funny he should mention not smoking in homes because a friend of mine who smokes, lives in that there public housing & starting soon, he won't even be allowed to smoke in his own apartment. I don't smoke but even I gotta say, smokers are getting screwed at every turn. Here's one that'll really blow your mind. Its LEGAL to smoke right? Now if you can't smoke in your own apartment & keep in mind that its LEGAL to smoke, what happens if your doctor allows for you to use pot (which is ILLEGAL) for medical purposes? So in other words, its OK to use pot which is ILLEGAL in your own apartment, but yet its NOT OK to smoke in your own apartment. Yep. Now it makes sense. Like I said, even though I DON'T smoke, you smokers out there, are getting SCREWED & SCREWED BIG TIME! Go figure.

Explorer Mike December 26, 2017 - 4:53 AM

How far should we go with smoking bans? There probably has never been such a foul, destructive, and addictive drug introduced to man. The sooner we ban it completely and forever, the better.

Jacob Tranmer January 2, 2018 - 8:19 AM

As long as tobacco is a legal product, you can't just ban it any place you like. Liberals, either ban it outright, or shut up. You can't keep playing half way on this issue. If you truly hate it so much, introduce legislation to ban it entirely. OH… but what's that? Tobacco taxes benefit the huge government that you love to use to dictate what everybody should do with their bodies and lives? Nice. Top notch. Face it. You need tobacco, whether you like it or not. Yes, its unhealthy. But this whole issue is not about health. It may used to be back in the day, but now, from everything I've seen, its about control. Live and let live, people. A random whiff of smoke from someone on the street smoking in front of you isn't going to kill you. If you think it will, you need to check into a mental hospital.

uweakminded twit February 3, 2018 - 1:27 AM

Will it make females smell any better? I don't care if guys smoke in their private life away from children and non smokers

DoobTube February 27, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Fucking hell do smokers have any rights anymore it's our choice to smoke or not, fair enough it's effecting others but smoking and driving in ur own car without children there is no problem with that.

DoobTube February 27, 2018 - 6:34 PM

More people die from diabetes than cigarettes

lucifer796 March 5, 2018 - 3:18 AM

people should ban drinking more than smoking, since smoking only kills the person does it. Drunk people kill other people more each than smokers

Scorch1028 March 11, 2018 - 12:02 AM

Smokers in the U.S. today have a lower mean IQ today than they did a generation ago. This tells us that most people with average to above average intelligence either quit smoking in the 1980s and later or they never started (at a higher rate) compared to people in the 1970s and earlier.

Becky kent May 12, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Every single time someone walks past me and blows smoke or vape in my face i have breathing differculties and have to do my inhaler and stop for a few minutes due to my severe athsma.

no one May 15, 2018 - 1:23 PM

smoking is bad but not bad then the worst killer then alcohol how meny ppl loos a family member so is smoking bader then alcohole

BeastlyGamer Dude June 21, 2018 - 1:39 PM

ban cigarettes and legalize weed

robert monkhouse June 29, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Question. many of those people who support the smoking ban in public spaces drive cars ?

Evan MacDuff July 21, 2018 - 10:49 PM

I see alot of people saying that alcohol can kill you. Although it can it is bo where near as dangerouse or addictive as smoking

Martin Sage September 12, 2018 - 9:08 PM

California banned smoking Tobacco IN or NEAR my Apartment YET it just Approved Smoking Weed !! That is CRAZY!

Tom Rayan September 14, 2018 - 12:39 PM

smoking is injuries to health,smoking kills.🚭

Prussia 1892 September 20, 2018 - 3:54 AM

Anyone that thinks that smoking outside somehow harms others deserves to get re-educated how air works. Typical dumb yanks.

Icongamer September 20, 2018 - 6:15 AM

Don't ban it. Let natural selection take its course and let the smokers die out.

G'day Lads September 22, 2018 - 5:16 AM

Weed: can help numb and potentially cure cancer but is illegal in most countries.
Cigarettes: will cause damage to the heart and lungs and will end up causing you cancer later on down the road and is not only legal but monetized by the government.

Robert Pinto October 8, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Smoking in public should be banned altogether. I don't have to name all the diseases that smoking causes since we know that already. I don't want to have to breath the smoke of people I don't even associate with.

Irvin December 23, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Why cigarettes are still not got banned?

Because it is the largest tax in the government.

Appalachian American January 7, 2019 - 6:15 AM

In the good ol days, your parents actually taught you about these things. Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, ect. Now parents will not even punish a child let alone spank one of the little spoiled brats. I say leave the law as is and punish the parents for not teaching the poor little idiots not to commit crimes. Such as illegally obtaining things they know they are not allowed it possess . But of course these are the spoiled kids of whom have never been punished for any infraction. I think it is time for them to learn the laws and pay the dues.

Mark Urbansky January 14, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Raise the price of a pack of cigarettes to $50 a pack!!

AF_1892 April 22, 2019 - 4:54 AM

Make it illegal I hate them! I'm sick if having to treat patients who are all messed up from smoking.

Andy Cross April 25, 2019 - 6:02 AM

I think smoking vaping and anything with nicotine what so ever should just be made completely illegal all smoking does it harm you and others around you like people who have breathing problems or children and even your pets there is no benefits for smoking cigarettes what so ever also vaping to me is just as bad because you got all these chemicals your inhaling into your lungs thats probably doing harm then what people think it does give it few years and people say it just as bad as smoking if not worst just like they did with cigarettes years ago plus cannabis oil is illegal some places but its better then cigarettes because it can be used for medicines to help people who might have epilepsy or other illnesses that is different story as long there dont smoke it and only use it for medicines its fine so get rid smoking we dont need it and make the UK and other places around the world a better smoke free place

Tineke Van Buynder May 5, 2019 - 11:21 AM

The Nerd is strong in this one

john ramsey February 15, 2020 - 5:43 AM

Why don't you just make tobacco illegal? Truthfully if it's that bad for Why shouldn't something be done about it? Why don't we make alcohol illegal? Why don't we make it illegal for doctors to quit prescribing Pills that are very addictive? What about all the chemicals that are coming out of these big factories such as the hexavalent chromium And the heavy metals that they're putting in the air. Why don't we band heavy metals? Why don't we ban sugar It's in everybody's drinks. And why don't we band The imitation sugar that gives everybody cancer. Where does it all stop?

Constantine February 22, 2020 - 6:39 AM

Yeah right ban smoking πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… I'll still smoke where I like… nothing will stop me

Random Memes Weekly April 30, 2020 - 2:36 AM

ban it for everyone, the tobacco industry is corrupt and evil

Andrew Brown May 22, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Not allow growing of smokables

James May 22, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Smoking gives other people cancer

Lovedancing Xoxoxoxo June 6, 2020 - 10:36 PM

Yes please!!! You all look like shit and stink

MRjackelBox July 17, 2020 - 9:15 PM

I love smoking! And you telling me where i can and can't smoke is bullshit

Kamui Yu April 16, 2021 - 10:08 AM

Jail them for life

Kamui Yu April 16, 2021 - 10:08 AM

Addicted fools gonna be morons

Janoy Cresva September 16, 2021 - 6:31 AM

How about letting adults 18+ make their own decisions of whether or not they will or will not smoke?

Cory CG October 12, 2021 - 9:44 PM

I smoke inside always have if someone tells me I can’t smoke in my own house then they can leave my Grandfather was the same way.