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Fathers’ diet linked to birth defects
Identical Twins and Smoking: edition.cnn.com/2013/10/31/health/smoking-aging-identical-twins/index.html?sr=fb103113smokingstudy230p
Second-Hand Smoke Battle Moves into the Home
npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6491395 (NPR, 6:29 min.)
Smoking in Japan -- Facts and Details: factsanddetails.com/japan.php?itemid=665&catid=19&subcatid=125
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A 2012 Doshisha Women's College response: By Shima Saori
Question: Separate areas for smokers and non-smokers is an effective way to decrease the smoking rate. Do you agree or disagree?
Nothing is as Important as Good Health
I disagree with the opinion that separate areas for smokers and non-smokers are effective in decreasing the smoking rate for two reasons. In fact, there are several good reasons. I enjoy eating out and comfortably sitting on a sofa in a waiting room without smoking passively.
However, these actions are restricted to groups among non-smokers, because when a non-smoker eats out with people who smoke, the non-smoker has to sit in a smoking seat. For example, my father is a smoker so actually, I have had lot of unpleasant experiences with cigarettes. When I go out with him, I have to stop walking every time he finds a smoking stand, and wait until he finishes smoking. At dinner time, I have to sit in a smoking seat because he smokes during dinner. This area is confined, so I heavily passively smoke. In my opinion, many smokers including him smoke with an arrogant attitude and without consideration for non-smokers.
The second reason is that tobacco is rooted in Japanese custom. I was so surprised to learn that smoking rooms are used as a tool of communication for smoking male workers. That means a male worker has to be in that community of smoking people to be able to reach out to important people. Tobacco is the pillar of Japanese male culture. About thirty years ago, almost all men who worked at offices were smoking. At that time, smoking was regarded as synonymous with manhood and hard work. Such thinking is declining as time passes, but still now, the convention is the root of Japanese policy. Therefore, the rate of smokers isn’t decreasing much although smokers understand that tobacco damages people and property.
Now, we must consider what to do to decrease the smoking rate. In my opinion, separating area for smokers and non-smokers is essential and should improve. As an example, present smoking areas should be changed to individual glass booths to prevent smokers from using smoking rooms as a tool of communication for smoking people. Moreover, what is most important is that non-smokers should acknowledge that cigarettes harm not only smokers but also non-smokers. Convention is important but nothing is as important as good health.