It has been five years since public smoking is regarded as one of the biggest problems in the United States. Thanks to the effort of officials, the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health Ordinance 2001 is now operational at the federal level.
Public smoking is considered to be either abolished or controlled by Health Ministry. More strict regulations will be introduced from now on after a draft law has been created. The bill is called K-P Prohibition of Smoking/Tobacco Products and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Bill, 2016 and was developed by the health department, which aims to ban smoking in public places.
The bill will forbid smoking in places such as cinema, court building, public offices, restaurants, amusement centers, health institutes, auditoriums, seminar and conference calls. Plus, the 2001 ordinance constructed smoking areas in workplaces.
The law will label as illegal several categories of smoking devices, including pipe, cigars, and cigarettes. This bill will prevent people to sell, distribute or store cigarettes or any other smoking substance containing tobacco within 50 meters close to any educational institute, such as schools and colleges.
Furthermore, public parks and health facilities have been designated as non-smoking areas. In addition to this, several other places will be regarded as smoke-free places, including libraries, educational institutes, sports stadiums, bus stations, libraries, waiting for lounges, hotels, rooftops, lobbies and lawns of the premises.
Moreover, 5,700 American citizens participated in a 2014 survey, which focused on whether people chose e-cigarettes over regular cigarettes. Researchers established that from 585 current smokers who tried e-cigarettes, 337 of them (58 percent) stated that they no longer used them, whereas 248 of them (42 percent) confessed that they smoked both.
Plus, out of 144 former smokers, 101 of them quit, and 43 switched to e-cigarettes only. Another important fact is that the Food and Drug Administration released five years ago some images about the reality of smoking consequences. Those photos dominated the news, and millions of American citizens found out about what smoking does to your health.
Hopefully, this new regulation will once again raise awareness among the Americans as they will become more conscious of the smoking threat. In addition to this, public smoking affects not just the smokers but the people around them as well.