Melissa Shaefer 26 November 2011 Mr. Crane Smoking In Maine Smoking has been a part of American culture before we were even called â€œThe United States.â€? For years, this was the a main source of America's income. Cigars and cigarettes used to be much simpler, just rolled tobacco leaves. Today, cigarettes have many more chemicals, many of which are harmful to smokers and nonsmokers alike. In 1985, Maine legislature started a long process of lessening the effects of second hand smoke on nonsmokers in Maine. These laws were made to protect nonsmokers, including children, from harmful smoke, called second hand smoke, that cigarettes cigars, and smokers themselves, let out. This smoke includes more than sixty chemical compounds known to cause cancer. In work places, a smoker can not light their cigarette, cigar, etc, within twenty feet of any doors or windows. This is to maker sure smoke does not circulate back into the building. By smoking outside, the smoke is able to float farther away from where people are, and will not be circulated withing a closed space. This does not mean that smoking outside will be any better for the people within close perimeter of the smoker. If too close, pedestrians who are not smoking may inhale the second hand smoke. Like the work place, many public places are deemed to be smoke free. This includes schools, restaurants, beaches and playgrounds. Children are in the developing stages of life, are more susceptible to poisons in second hand smoke. Second hand smoke may also cause respiratory problems, including wheezing, coughing, and breathlessness. Children are further protected from second hand smoke in Bangor, Maine, by a law that prohibits smoking with children in the car. While this law may not always be followed, it is a step in the right direction. People of all ages and races smoke. In Maine, though, it is illegal for anyone under then age of
eighteen to buy or possess cigarettes or cigars. This is to try to allow time for the would be smoker's body to grow up. Many organizations, however, do not agree. They believe that the age should be higher. Some say that smoking is even more dangerous, internally, than alcohol is. Cigarettes can ruin your teeth, lungs, esophagus, and wreak havoc on a person's body. In some places, it is okay for teens sixteen and over to use/possess cigarettes if their parent buys it for them. This, I believe, is also under revision by many state legislature, but has not been changed quite yet. The abundance and variety of ailments connected to the by-product of smoking is an unfortunate externality that many states have sought to solve through laws. These laws include prohibiting smoking in workplaces, public places, and limiting the age of buyers.
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