Have Rights, Too
Ana López from Mexico defends smokers'
desire to have a place to smoke.
though I am not a smoker, I believe that smokers
have the right to have a place to smoke in public
a non-smoker, I understand that breathing
secondhand smoke is as bad as inhaling smoke, but
if smokers have a place to smoke, they will not
smoke around non-smokers. Then their smoke will
stay around them, and it won't bother us.
have been in public places with both sections, and
the smoke has not bothered me. However, I
understand that some people cannot stand any smoke
at all and prefer to prohibit smoking in all areas,
but then where is the smokers' right to have their
smoking in a coffee shop. There are more
and more places where smoking is
days smokers have been changing their habits around
people who don't smoke. They don't smoke around
children, old people, or anyone who doesn't smoke.
do not want to inflict their habit on other people;
they simply want to have a place to smoke. It's a
habit, and knowing that it is bad for their health,
they chose to have this habit.
non-smokers, however, did not choose this habit,
and we can claim our right to keep our health, just
as smokers claim their right to smoke. If we have
most of the space and can breathe clean air, we
should not be against smokers' right to have a
space to smoke. They have as much freedom as we
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