Should smoking be banned in public places?

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Cbbc, Updated 14 June 2004

A survey has revealed that 80% of British people would like to see smoking banned in public places.

And in our vote, 85% of you think so!

But what do YOU think?

Have you had enough of smelly fags getting up your nose when you walk down the street?

Do you think it should be banned in ALL public places - even if it is not directly affecting you?

Or do you think it should just apply in pubs and restaurants?

I think that smoking should be banned in public places because it is unfair on those who don't smoke and also for people who are trying to give up.
Imogen, 14, Nottingham

Why don't they ban it altogether? All it results in is illness and it costs so much. My friend's uncle gave up smoking and he worked out that he was saving thousands of pounds a year! I hate the smell of cigarette smoke and people are so inconsiderate when they just stand in the street smoking. And think of all those who live with smokers!
Louise, 13, Banstead

I think there should be specific areas where people can smoke and other areas where it is not allowed. That way people who don't like the smoke can avoid a smoking area.

Karina, 14, Bradford

Yes because it's a horrible habit and people trying to quit must find it a lot harder seeing other people all the time! Plus, it stinks and it's not good for the other people around you!

Izzy, 15, Leicester

It's banned over here and it's brilliant. I no longer have to go into a restaurant with the fear of getting poisoned from passive smoking.

Brid, 15, Dublin

Yes! Cigarette smoke absolutely stinks! You can smell it on people's clothes, their hair and of course when they're actually smoking. Passive smoking is also very dangerous, I can't remember the exact number but way too many waiters etc. die of passive smoking.

Emma, 12, Reading

I think smoking should be banned in public places because it is a health risk to others. But I think there should be designated places where smokers can go to smoke, they are people too and deserve their rights as well.

Lisa, 15, Caerphilly

Yes, as well as keeping non-smokers healthier, it might also stop school kids taking it up if they have to smoke in non-public places.

Holly, 13, London

I think it should be banned in all public places. People say that smoking is your choice, but if you're a non-smoker you don't actually get a choice. Wherever you go you're still surrounded by smoke.
Tammy, 15, Oxford

Yes, I hate it when your are in a restaurant with no non-smoking areas and you have to eat with somebody's smoke in your face.

Catherine, 12, Newbury

Yes smoking should be banned in public places. If it is, then it could help some people to give up, but probably not many. I also think smoking should be banned in all restaurants and cafes.

Amber, 14, Sheffield

It's so horrible when you are sitting next to someone on the tube or bus and they smoke. I feel like saying "Smoking kills you know. It's unfair if you are smoking why should I die?".

Jodie, 12, London

I think it should be banned in public. The only places you should smoke in are your house, garden or a friends.

Sophie, 13, Newbury

I have asthma and I feel weasy and may even have asthma attacks when i am around smokers. This means I don't like to go to public places because of the smoking. I think it is a good idea to ban smoking in public places!

Sierah, 12, London

Yes! I definitely want smoking banned. It's so uncool especially for people who don't smoke.

Damien, 12, Deal

I hope it gets banned. I know 3 people who have died of smoking hopefully it can help people who want to stop.

Sam, 12, Bristol

Definitely! If they want to smoke then that is their choice but they must not inflict their bad habit on the rest of us!

Aimee, 13, London

I don't think it should be banned in all public places, but places where there are more likely to be small children, like parks should ban smoking. But I think if you're going to ban smoking in the street, then you should also ban cars and buses, 'cos they make polluting fumes too.

Kirsty, 13, Exeter

Yes! Second-hand smoke kills, so why should we be exposed to it?

Lola, 15, London

We have the smoking ban already over here. Although smoking is banned from public places you often see people coming out from buildings to have a fag outside so even if the UK gets the ban enforced people would still be able to smoke outside. so you will still be breathing in the smoke no matter how hard you try not to.

Natalie, 13, Bailiboro, Co. Cavan

Yes. I think that if people want to smoke they are already risking their own health, and that is for them to decide. However to smoke in a public place is selfish, and unpleasant, and shows you don't care about other peoples views, as many people do not like to be near cigarette smoke.

Katie, 13, Tunbridge Wells

In the US a lot of people smoke in public places and I hope it gets banned everywhere!

Riley, 11, USA

Well... I mean sure... smoking is bad... and yeah I do agree with banning it but they shouldn't ban it all together. Half my family smokes, yeah I don't like it but it's what they like doing.

Natalie, 15, Wales

There were a few adverts a while ago that said 'If you smoke, I smoke'. So even if you're not smoking yourself, but someone you are with, then it's the same as lighting up yourself. This means an increased risk of cancer and other diseases. Surely the government doesn't wish to increase these risks.

Hannah, 15, Manchester

Yes! I hate it when you have to breath in the smoke from someone walking in front of you on the street.

Will, 14, Lincoln

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