I understand your point. I really do...but (there is always a but)
DS gets sick anytime he breathes in smoke.
If we go to the supermarket and someone is smoking, I have to get him to wear a breathing mask.
We used to live on a main road and he did not get sick..but 2 minutes in a smokers house and bang...asthma attack.
I hate taking him out to people house and have to request that no one smokes on a play date or party..not even outside.
I am sure that fumes are bad from loads of things..but for us it is dangerous.
Soft drinks can lead to cancer, deodorants can lead to cancer, transfats can lead to cancer. I'm not even going to keep going on but smoking on a balcony is the least of my worries.
Drive through one of Sydney's tunnels with tour window slightly down and that's about the same toxins of 5 years of smoking
It should be banned all together. On balconies, at home, in cars, everywhere.
As a former smoker who battled the addiction for years, it should be illegal.
if you're living in an apartment and the person next door smokes consistently throughout the day (as many people do) the second hand smoke flowing into YOUR windows would be constant. You walk through a car park briefly - to get to your car .. you dont stand around in the car park all day to inhale the fumes ...
The fact is .. that in YOUR apartment YOU have the right to open your own windows and inhale FRESH air - a right that is deprived of you if you live next door or near a smoker.
Smokers now only account for about 15% of the population (as they were saying on sunrise this morning) but ONE smoker in an apartment block and impact on the air of several people who live around them.
I find it frustrating that people still smoke, considering all the research and information that is available. I cant stop others smoking, but if I can change a rule that means that I breathe it in less - I'm all for it.
Banning never ever works, it just will make criminals out of smokers - which really, there are far worse things in the world than being a smoker.
As for the comments about "It affects us" etc, well, then everyone should be vaxxed no questions asked, as that also affects us all as well
But there a million things other people do, even in their homes, that can be listed as damaging to our health. Now I smoke only 2 packets of 20's a week, so only a light smoker in comparison to others. I'm completely anal about smoking around others, including my kids.
But where can smokers smoke? They can't smoke in covered areas, which I support. Same with kids in the car. They can't smoke now even in open spaces. They can't smoke on their property now. Heaven forbid they smoke inside, they are torn down (and again I hate smoking inside). We are legally allowed to smoke, we pay huge taxes to cover any medical costs.
I do truly understand your point about asthma. I would death stare someone blowing smoke on my child and I smoke! But just watching the weather channel and seeing the pollution reading for the cap cities scare me. IMHO there is far more danger from spending your life in all that carbon monoxide then a faint wiff of smoke from 20 metres away every now and again.
That's JMHO though.
We have a smoker in the unit next to us. He smokes in his unit and it comes out under the door and into the hallway and our apartment. My baby sleeps in the room next to the front door. I would much prefer he smoked on his balcony with the door shut where the smoke is dispursed quickly... We have fixed the problem with draft excluders around our door, as, as much as I hate it he has the right to do whatever legal things he wants in his own house. If he smoked outside we could just shut the window while he was doing it - the smell doesn't linger like it does inside.
TBH, he puts up with our baby crying in the night which must be pretty annoying too.
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