Smoking is a very serious addiction that affects millions, worldwide.
For many years, society has peacefully accepted that fact, which contributed to a higher incidence of diseases such as cancer. The young ones saw in that habit the frontier between childhood and adulthood, so they often started smoking , hiding from parents and adults in general, but soon it was accepted as almost natural.
The problem is that the old ways are changing.
Today, smoking is beginning to look like a major crime. What other words can we use, when smokers are being " persecuted" by the governments.
Legislation has already prohibited smoking in public buildings, schools, hospitals and many others, and in my point of view that is the right measure. The adults, in particular, in places where they are educating youngsters, must set the example.
So, I, totally agree with the NON SMOKING AREAS.
In spite of the fact that smoking kills, should we start a hunt to smokers? I, believe that to enforce the law with very restrictive measures, or by creating heavy monetary penalties is simply taking away the people's right to decide, freely.
Freedom, in a democratic state, is the right to make choices, whatever they might be, and be respected, as long as they don't offend the others' personal choices or rights.
As a non-smoker, I defend that all must freely choose.