November 15, 2007

Pie Chart

This is the results I received from a survey I gave to 10 people. The “*” represents the white part of the chart. This chart is only a very small percentage of people that I could have surveyed, but the point of this chart is to represent that the majority of smokers do not mind the ban and the non-smokers appreciate it more than the smokers being upset with it.



November 15, 2007

Hi my name is Maggie and I started this blog for my English class. We are doing a project in our class about the city we attend college. I chose to do mine over the smoking ban in public places. I am doing a follow up on the smoking ban that was passed on January 9, 2006. As you can tell it has almost been a year and I am going to show you that even though there was so much commotion and debate about this law that it has not affected people on whether or not they go out to public places because they are no longer able to smoke there. The banning of smoking in public places does take away smoker’s rights, but by them smoking it also takes away non-smoker’s rights as well. What smokers are doing affects everyone around them unlike non-smokers and it is detrimental to other people’s health conditions not just the smokers. Non-smokers should not have to stay confined in there homes because they do not want to be exposed to toxic chemicals like the ones found in cigarettes. Government is not taking smoking away everywhere, they are just saying they cannot do it inside where other people are being affected by it. Smokers can still smoke outside and that is better for health reasons. You cannot win every situation, but since the non-smokers benefit from this decision and the smokers are not losing much of their rights it seems like a win-win situation. The project is going to discuss a lot of things. The main topics that I feel are important to my research are first my personal experience. I feel this is important because the experience I have had with smoking makes it more personal and makes me more passionate about the subject. Also, I will talk about what the ban (in terms of what the law states), as well as the smokers and non-smokers feeling towards the ban. Lastly, I will finish up with my observations, interviews, and my conclusion, so I hope you enjoy and learn something new. Through my writing my opinion will probably become aware. I am for the government’s decision on banning smoking not because of my personal perference, but because it is of a health concern not a social or popularity choice. The people I have interviewed, formally and informally, have told me that the smoking ban has not kept them from going out whether they were smokers or not. The information I found about smoking and the health reasons why the ban was put forth were informative and things I had never heard before, so ENJOY!!

Reason Behind My Project

November 15, 2007

My grandma and me

I have been around smoke all my life. It started when I was little when my grandma use to pick my friend and I up from school and she would be smoking in the car and it would continue in the house and at the restaurants when we would go get something to eat. I was around her all the time and the affect of her smoking was hard for me when I was little because I played basketball and soccer. I never noticed it untill I had to move away because my mother got a new job. The difference in my breathing was dramatic. It was easier to run and I had more stamina then before. Another person I was around when I was little was my father. He started to smoke when I was a young child around six years old, but since my parents were divorced I was not around him daily like my grandma. When he took up smoking he not only messed up his health but my brothers and Is as well. He passed away on December 12, 1996 from a heart attack. Then exacltytwo months later my grandpa pasted away from heart attack as well caused by smoking and then two and a half years later I lost one of my uncles because of lung cancer. In 2006, my grandma, the one I talked about at the beginning, had a stroke. Even though she has had a stroke it has not stopped her from smoking. She still smokes in the house and it does not matter who is in the room. She is respectable to those people who do not want to be around smoke. In this case, she goes to another room or outside to check on her dog (like in the instance if her great grandchildren come over to play). 

When I lost my uncle to lung cancer was by far the worst experience out of all the loses and trials I have experienced with my family and friends who have smoked. Watching my uncle go through so much pain and agony was detrimental. I think people 10-15 years ago did not know the health effects of smoking as well as we do now. It is such an addicting drug, but seeing people you love die from these horrible chemicals only makes it more logical to outlaw smoking in public places because you are hurting the people around you. The government’s decision to outlaw smoking in public places was not to upset smokers or people who do not mind smoke it is for the health concerns of the citizens in the city.

The Smoking Ban Law

November 15, 2007

Smoking/Non-Smoking Map

  1. The smoking ban consists of outlawing smoking in most public places in the city of Columbia.

  2. Smoking is no longer allowed in bars, restaurants, or any other public places like sports stadiums, bingo halls, etc.
  3. The ban will let smokers smoke on the patios at bars and restaurants if the businesses have them and are willing to allow it.
  4. The ban began on January 9, 2007.

Medical Reasons on Secondhand Smoke

November 15, 2007

The concern with smoking 

  • Heart disease is the most publicized health problem concerning secondhand smoke, but there are others as well.
  • Secondhand smoke can cause the same problems that smokers get from smoke.
  • Secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer, lung aliments, emphysema, bronchitis, and asthma.

  • People who live in the same household as a smoker who are not smokers themselves have a higher risk of 20-30% of getting lung cancer than those non-smokers living with other non-smokers

  • Non-smokers who are exposed to cigarette smoke at work have an increased chance of getting lung cancer by 16-19%.

Secondhand Smoke Damages

November 15, 2007

Worries about secondhand smoke in bars, restaurants, and other public places ended up being the deciding factor in a much debated topic in Columbia.

In a 4-3 vote, on October 10, 2006, the City Council of Columbia decided to ban smoking in all public places for the health of non-smokers and the risk of secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke is known as ETS (Environmental Tobacco Smoke), is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of cigarette, pipe or cigar, and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers.

Secondhand smoke is a known cause of cancer in humans by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths and 46,000 heart disease deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United States each year.

Controversy Between Smokers and Non-Smokers

November 15, 2007

The point of this next section is to point out the arguments that both sides of the people involved in the ban. Both sides have great points and it is not to persuade you for one argument or the other, but to educate on why the smokers and non-smokers want or do not want the ban to exist in there city.


  • Smokers believe that the law is interfering with their rights
  • Business owners think that it is not up to the law to decide how they run their business.
  • It is not right for the businesses to loose their freedom to do what they want to in their establishment.
  • Businesses think that it is up to the patrons to decide what is right for them not the government.
  • The ban increases the risk of dinning and dashing. The customer may say they are stepping out to smoke when in reality they leave and leave there bill as well.
  • Banning smoking in public places is a violation of a person’s liberty, personal responsibility, and personal property.


  • Non-Smokers believe that the law will help protect them from risks of secondhand smoke.
  • Since smoking is the unhealthy activity you should get rid of it because it is the thing that is causing heart diseases and premature deaths in all ages.
  • The safety of not only the patrons, but the employees as well is at stake.
  • The concern of smelling like smoke when leaving a public place that allows smoking was a problem because of the smoke that sticks to your clothes/hair and the people you encounter that have to breathe in the secondhand smoke as well.

To some, these arguments may be obvious but to others they may be new to hear. The idea of the businesses being upset because the local governments are taking their rights away and telling them how to run their business was something I had never heard before.

The Smoking Ban–Advantages ouweighing the Disadvantages

November 15, 2007

 The smoking ban has its benefits and disadvantages just like every subject, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. One reason in particular is the same as the one that the local government made during the debate on whether to pass this law or not and that is the welfare of others around smokers. Non-smokers should not have to sit at home so that smokers are able to enjoy a night out on the town because non-smokers do not feel like smelling of smoke, inhaling smoke, getting headaches from the smoke, and even the eye burning because of the huge clouds of smoke because there is no air movement. I use to smoke and I am still on the pro side of the ban on cigarettes in public places because I should not jeopardize someone else’s health because of my own selfishness to smoke. It is a smell that lingers and a horrible habit to have.

Air pollution is another factor. It is known that tobacco gives off horrible chemicals like carbon monoxide, tar, and ammonia just to mention a few. Ammonia is something you usually use to clean house. To think you are inhaling these chemicals into your body and then blowing them into the air around you for others to inhale is quite selfish and makes sense to ban it. The reason why I enjoy the no smoking in public places is because the smoke is now being circulated. Smokers now have to go outside where the air is in constant movement. Some people do not feel like going outside to smoke so instead they stay inside with friends and that is even better for non-smokers and the environment.

Lastly, there are other ways to meet your nicotine cravings that do not involve disrupting other people’s health. I think that if you are going to complain about not being able to smoke then maybe you can take a step back and look for another way to get your fix that you have on nicotine if you chose to go out to a public place.

All Things Must Come to an End

November 15, 2007

This project is meant to be seen as documenting the life of people from the ages of 18-64 years old and their thoughts on the smoking ban. It has almost been a year since the ban and I wanted to get people’s reaction. I thought it would give people enough time to cool down (because people, smokers in particular) were upset at first and I wanted to see if any of the ones that I came across were still upset or if they had changed their minds. Also, the non-smokers were important as well because it showed a sense of gratitude they had towards the smokers and appreciated them for not smoking. This project was a follow up, but also the reasons why they ban was put into place and the damaging effects that smoke has on other people. I enjoyed doing this project because I believe when the government passed this ban it had good intentions and to help everyone in the city. My goal was to see if others felt that same way too and oddly enough, smokers and no-smokers, both believed that the smoking ban was a good thing because even the smokers do not like smelling like cigarettes when they leave a restaurant, bar, etc. Even though I did not have as much time as I liked to have spent on this project it was fun and interesting to look up what people affected by this ban had to say and the way they were thinking. I also enjoyed interviewing people because they made me open my mind and see the ban in a new light and other ways the government was thinking when they passed the law.


November 15, 2007

This portion of my project is exactly what it sounds like. I took a couple of days to stroll through Columbia, Mo to see and hear what is on people’s minds and mouths. I have dated and put down the time in order to show whether or not it matters and contributes to the affect the ban has had on people. Some of these observations have turned into interviews, but were not direct interviews they came from observations and escalated into me asking questions.