Smoking and exposure second hand smoke are also likely causes of several forms of cancer, but most commonly lung cancer and cervical cancer.
This is as a result of the tar present in tobacco, which is capable of changing the structures of the body’s cells.
Some opponents also say that the general public has no reason to think that everybody’s natural goal is or must be to maximise their lifespan.
There are several economic benefits directly attached to the production and sale of tobacco in many parts of the world.
They also argue that smoking ban in public places is an infringement into their particular rights as people who engage in a legitimate act.
Another reason why smokers feel offended by ban in public smoking is the fact that smoking as a practice is protected by the law and as it stands, they are engaging in a legal activity which should not be interfered with.
Tobacco has been known to support agricultural output, earn several countries foreign revenue for being a major export commodity, provide income for households, and generate both direct and indirect employment in many countries.
For instance, in Greece, the northern parts of the country are mostly mountainous and do not support much agriculture other than tobacco cultivation.
In fact, it is deemed as one of the most profitable and stable segments of the agriculture sector in Greece earning the farmers an average of 7,000 – 10,000 euro per hectare and during the recent economic downturn, only 25% of the total jobs lost were lost in the tobacco industry (Hahn et al, 2009).
Tobacco employs most of the residents of northern Greece both directly, through cultivation of the crop, and indirectly, mainly in the processing, sales and distribution of the finished product.