Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Don’t smoke in public places

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

Too many children must experience their favorite foods accompanied with cigarette smoke. Those children, having not ever smoked a cigarette, will one day become addicted to nicotine without ever knowing it. Studies have shown that people who have never smoked a cigarette will be vulnerable to its smoke and may even receive lung cancer when exposed to this deadly toxin. Even if there are non-smoking areas in restaurants the smoke may reach the area where your children are eating.

For many people, having the smell of cigarette smoke in the air is a constant annoyance, but for the actual smoker there is no problem at all, they can enjoy their night.

There is a chemical in a cigarette called Benzene that is also used to make rubber, dyes, detergents and pesticides. Benzene can also cause leukemia and skin cancer. Studies also show that four out of five people who smoke die of lung cancer and other deadly diseases.

I believe that smoking should not be allowed in public and there should be a law in Kansas that prohibits smoking in public places.

Veronica Heredia,

Southwest Junior High


Ragingbear 9 years, 4 months ago

Veronica, either you are making things up, or (far more likely) your teacher is. I would suggest finding out the actual facts of second hand smoke and calling your teacher out.

Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 9 years, 4 months ago

Veronica's letter is spot-on. She's presented her view point without brow beating or belittling. Unlike some "grown ups" here.

ModSquadGal 9 years, 4 months ago

Good for you, Veronica. You have taken the time to speak out about something that means a lot to you and I commend you for it. Hopefully reasonable people will listen. The others are beyond help at this point!

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 4 months ago

Veronica, I really do not like parents that smoke around their children. When you give birth you take on certain responsibilities, or you are supposed to. I suppose the same people that truly believe that smoking and second hand smoke are not harmful, also believe that global warming is a myth.Obesity is not health threatening.Any proof of any of these thing?Just how old are some of these posters? Born before the age of science, were they?

Left_handed 9 years, 4 months ago

There have been no definitive studies demonstrating any significant risk from second hand smoke. While the presence of cigarette smoke is rather nasty, the supposed dangers are significantly trumped up. When a woman gets pregnant she has responsibilities to her unborn child, yet somehow in this country we have killed over 49 million unborn babies since 1973. Killing babies, good. Cigarette smoke, bad.

Chris Golledge 9 years, 4 months ago

I would suggest that you check your own facts before calling anyone else out. Which facts do you believe are wrong? As far as I can tell, Veronica's are spot on. Here is a starting reference,

gogoplata 9 years, 4 months ago

Why is smoking being singled out over alcohol? Alcohol is a greater danger to society than smoking.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 4 months ago

for once, I agree with Couranna1, smoking around kids isn't cool. Veronica,one rule we have is "the law of unintended consequences." here in lawrence, smoking is outlawed in businesses. the unintended consequence of that is you get the smokers' huddle around each front door. you walk down mass, you hit cloud after cloud. if we give smokers a place to smoke with better ventilation, then people don't have to dive through the smoke to get into a business. unfortunately, the sidewalk seating at most downtown restaurants have become the default smoking section.
Cleo,global warming is a myth. the warmest year in recent history was 1934 once NASA figures were corrected for observation station errors. polar bears are doing fine. while some glaciers shrink, others grow. in the earth's history, it has been warmer than it is now! the romans could grow wine grapes in britain, very good ones. and, Greenland was green!Michael Crichton, you know who he was? he said manmade global warming is nothing but a modern religion.

llama726 9 years, 4 months ago

When you a-holes were in 7th grade, how were your writing skills? I'm disgusted with this paper, it's just a forum for trolls.

Trobs 9 years, 4 months ago

Restriction of freedoms is the path to fascism.

jonas_opines 9 years, 4 months ago

In the idea that intelligent dialog on smoking is something we should strive for, I'll just throw out two responses to points. "Those children, having not ever smoked a cigarette, will one day become addicted to nicotine without ever knowing it." If they become addicted, they will know it. I do not believe that anybody ever becomes addicted to the substance, at least not in any meaningful way, with the exposure that is covered under the letter here. I am unaware of any presented cases of such a thing, at least."Studies have shown that people who have never smoked a cigarette will be vulnerable to its smoke and may even receive lung cancer when exposed to this deadly toxin."No doubt, to an extent, but amount of exposure is definitely a significant factor, and I would bet you that none of those studies have any dilineation based on amount of exposure.

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