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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: I am an ex smoker thank goodness. After surgery the anaethetist told me just as well you gave up, as this golden staff infection would have killed a smoker. I blame my smoking on making my Rheumatoid disease 100 times worse than it would have been.

    A close family member died at 55 from smoking I tell you it was a dreadful way to watch her die and her son is now in a deep depression, lost his job etc.

    Any stigma that saves these people from their own (smoking) stupidity and the second hand smoke for others is a real GOOD thing.

    In Australia where harsh NON smoking rules are being rolled out ....it has saved the health care/hospital systems billions.

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