Smoking ban stops heart attacks
Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, chapter 18, he states that “tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right.” I would like to relate this to the smoking ban in public places, such as restaurants. Is the government using a power beyond its right when making this ban? Who are they to tell smokers where and when they cannot smoke? Smokers have already been segregated in these public places into their own section, but that wasn’t enough? The answer is no that isn’t enough because smoking not only kills but second hand smoke also kills. When your smoking a cigarette other people shouldn’t be put at risk for cancers and other health problems. This exercise of power turned out to be for the greater good of the citizens of America.
In an article on CNN from Theresa Tamkins, she reports on a study that shows a drop in heart attacks after the smoking ban was put into place. The study went on to show that the smoking ban could prevent between 100,000 to 225,000 heart attacks form occurring each year in the United States (Tamkins, 2009)).”Nonsmokers have a 25 percent to 30 percent higher risk of heart attack if they inhale smoke at home or at work, and smoke has been shown to affect heart health within minutes (Tamkins, 2009).” The government used their power to limit the freedom of smokers to benefit the well being of all citizens in general. Every person benefits from less smoke in the air. Many years ago, this was not the case. Smoking was allowed in even hospitals but now since we know that dangers of this, the government has decided to step in. I feel that this use of power gives US citizens the right to free air, even though it takes away the right of where one can smoke. Is this the exercise of power beyond right?
Tamkins, T. (2009). Big drop in heart attacks after smoking bans, studies say. Retrieved February 24, 2010 from
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