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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 13 2013: While I am not a smoker, my father was, and my mother still smokes. I do not have a problem with places saying they are non-smoking, but, they have taken this thing too far. I own a downtown building that the State, in their infinite wisdom, have decided for me, that it will be non-smoking. This is really a violation of my ownership rights. I would have complied with putting up a sign that warned others that this is a smoking establishment, but the state has decided for me. They have decided this because they say it will keep insurance costs down for all of us, poppycock. My insurance costs have only went up and will continue to do so. This is just another example of who is really in control. Welcome to the new world order.

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