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Is the vilification of smokers a good thing or a bad thing?

Especially in the United States, smokers are vilified as second-hand killers. Through smokers actions, people every year die from second hand smoker. People who smoke are stigmatized in the US.

In the United States, this has lead to laws preventing smokers from smoking in public areas. It should also reduce the number of people who smoke in future generations.

In Europe, where there is not a stigma attached to smoking, I probably inhale the equivalent of 1 cigarette a week in the form of second hand smoke. In the US, I would probably catch a faint whiff of cigarette smoke once a month. The thing is, in Germany, the same number of cigarettes are consumed per person as in the United states. The stigmas and the rules about smoking in the US prevent people from smoking in public locations. This is good for the health of non-smokers.

I know people say that this is just another way to hurt poor, working class citizens as that is the demographic that generally smokes. I did not know before reading articles on this subject that that population is the population that smoked.
I also recognize that a lot of smokers try to quit.

So is this stigma associated with smoking a bad thing on a whole? What are your opinions?


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    Jul 12 2013: Second hand smoking is not more dangerous than air pollution caused by cars and big factories. If we want to live in big cities we have to deal with it.
    Sure it's not ok to smoke in caffes, but on the street...?
    P.S. I'm a smoker.
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      Jul 13 2013: http://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20040823/smoking-worse-than-exhaust-for-air-pollution

      "The cigarettes produced 10 times as much particulate matter as the auto, comparing the first hour after starting the engine with the first hour after lighting the cigarettes."

      I looked this up - the statistics are pretty amazing. I feel horrible for smoking - the addiction and mental anxiety vs. stability and will is insane. I wonder how much America makes monetarily per year, with the growing (labor) and selling of these things.
      • Jul 13 2013: America MAKES NOTHING OFF OF THIS! I don't make a penny. You are vilifying an ENTIRE COUNTRY. You're just another typical bigot.
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          Jul 13 2013: You shouldn't call people names- its offensive. Why on earth would America produce and distribute tobacco if the country, and the tobacco farmers, did not make money from it?

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