The CDC has predicted that by 2020, every state in the nation will have smoking bans in public places like restaurants and workplaces. Since 2000, already 25 states have adopted smoking bans for public and work-related indoor spaces. Dr. Tim McAfee, who is the director of the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, says, “I’m relatively bullish we’ll at least get close to that number,” referring to reaching a nationwide 50 state ban in 2020. Nancy Brown, chief executive of the The American Heart Association, said the CDC report is good news and that there is a lot of work ahead to make it happen.
Not all want the nationwide ban to come true. Gary Nolan is the director of a smokers’ rights group. He says, “It wouldn’t surprise me if they prevailed. It’s just a little bit more liberty slipping away at the hands of big government.”
Smoking is considered to be the leading cause of death in this country. It is known to cause lung cancer, throat cancer, heart disease, and emphysema. The CDC would like to prevent the effects of second hand smoke as well as hopefully help current smokers to quit.
Many areas of the United States have some sort of indoor smoking rule. Half have indoor smoking bans all around. About ten states have a ban on either bars, restaurants, and workplaces. And other states don;t have bans but require that smoking be done in a separate area designated for smoking that has a different ventilation system. Seven states have absolutely no ban or restrictions in place. Kentucky, South Carolina, Indiana, Mississippi, Wyoming, Texas, and West Virginia do not have any indoor smoking prevention as a state but may have some on the city level.