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When making the choice to smoke you arent just making the choice for yourself but for everyone around you as well Secondhand smoke creates multiple problems for the individuals who have made the decision not to smoke including higher chances of lung cancer heart disease and for those who suffer from asthmaa trigger for a more aggressive attack Smoking is a choice not a right and in a public place such as a community college smoking can be seen as a health and property hazard Eliminating the option to smoke in such a public place would put a limit on dangerous situations associated with secondhand smoke Sandhills Community College should have a no tolerance tobacco policy since research shows there are more than 50000 secondhand smoke related deaths per year within the United States and over 200 billion dollars of damage caused by fires globally within the year The policy at Sandhills puts limits on where smoking is allowed uncovered walkways and away from buildings however secondhand smoke is still an issue Many students and faculty alike must walk from classroom to classroom and it is nearly impossible to walk from one side of the campus to the other without having to walk near a smoking area The truth of the matter is secondhand smoke is thought to cause an estimated 3400 deaths by lung cancer and 4600 heart disease related deaths annually Although approximately only 193 of adults in the United States smoke cigarettes and 226 of adults in North Carolina it still seems to be incredibly difficult to go anywhere without having to walk through someone elses puff of smoke Unfortunately smoking is a team sport unless you alone and in a contained space Secondhand smoke is not something that seems to weigh on a smokers mind when lighting up but it is a very serious matter According to Maricopa Community Colleges Breatheasy 100 Tobacco-Free information site there is no risk-free level of
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