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His lifeless body lies down on a humble bed. His bald head rests on an overstuffed pillow. The bones from his cheeks and shoulders protrude from under his skin. His mouth is open but he cannot seem to respond to his mother, wife, or four-year-old daughter anymore. Doctors say that there is nothing more they can do for Terry Nielson, a lung cancer victim. On a cold rainy afternoon, Terry said to his mother, “I can’t fight it anymore.” A few hours later, Terry passed away diagnosed with lung cancer and severe pneumonia. Astonishingly, Terry never smoked in his entire life. He never imagined that at age of 35 breathing someone else’s smoke would take his life away, leaving his wife and child alone.Stories like Terry’s are familiar because of this repugnant habit called smoking. Premature deaths happen not only in America but also around the world because of tobacco. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), second-hand smoke causes more than 890,000 premature deaths per year, and children accounted for 28% of the deaths attributable to second-hand smoke. So, what will happen if there is a ban on smoking? Will it be helpful to create a clean and conducive atmosphere?The term “second-hand smoke” may not be familiar to many people but it has been out there for quite some time. To get a general idea of what it is, we need to understand its definition, acknowledge what it is made of, and the effects to whoever is exposed to it. As the American Cancer Society describes it, second-hand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke, is a mixture of two forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco: mainstream smoke and sidestream smoke. Mainstream smoke is the smoke exhaled by a smoker, whereas sidestream smoke is emitted from the lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, cigar, or tobacco burning in a hookah. Sidestream smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) and is more toxic than mainstream smoke. It also has smaller particles than mainstream smoke which allow them to enter the lungs and the body’s cells more easily. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that for the United States alone, exposure to second-hand smoke causes an estimated 41,000 deaths each year among adults with accumulation of 7,333 annual deaths from lung cancer and 33,951 annual deaths from heart disease.In the past years, the facts presented by official organizations have created an impact on normal civilians, activists, and government officials. For example, one of the most renowned occasion is on June 19, 1986 in the great New York City. Anti-smoking activists were trying to pass a bill in New York that would restrict smoking in restaurants and other public areas. It is the first major action ever taken by New York to prohibit smoking in some way. The New York Times reported that the proposal “is asking all New York restaurants, convention halls, and sports arenas to have designated non-smoking sections. In addition to that, smoking in retail stores, theaters, taxis, etc. would be banned.” The public was pretty skeptical about the bill. About one half of New York didn’t think the bill would go through. Nowadays, smokers in New York City looking to light up a cigarette in most public places will not be able to without paying a fine after an outdoor citywide smoking ban takes effect. The new law that Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed in February 2011 was then passed by the New York City Council. The law prohibits smoking in New York City’s 1,700 parks and on the city’s 14 miles of public beaches. Smoking will also be outlawed in bars, restaurants, workplaces, and pedestrian plazas like Times Square. The ban is designed to help curb exposure to second-hand smoke as well as reduce litter. Bloomberg said before he signed the bill into law, “smoking in parks and beaches not only harms people trying to enjoy these recreational facilities, it also causes a litter problem that harms the beauty of our parks.” New York City follows in the footsteps of 105 municipalities that have banned smoking on public areas such as, city parks or specifically named city parks. Major cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, etc.However, with widely accepted facts and many major cities in the US joining the movement, passing the smoking bans are still not enough. There are actually people with power earning profit from this habit and corrupted government officials in some states that don’t take the issue seriously. So, by now, smoking cigarettes is a cult, a religion, or a philosophy. Like most belief-systems, smoking separates its adherents from non-adherents, leaving the faithful huddled together and zealous. Smokers believe in smoking despite all logic and reasoning, despite all the arguments of its harm to health, finances, hygiene, stress levels, career, and time. They believe they will somehow escape the ravages of ill health like other faithful believe they will cheat death via life everlasting. Smoking is all about the illusion of freedom. Despite many avowed skeptics toward its practices, smokers remain smokers because they’ve been smokers for years, and they know no other way.Like trying to make people believe in the religion other than what is theirs,  convincing smokers to stop smoking is an arduous task, yet it is still possible. There are a lot of ways to  promote people’s decisions on smoking. One way is giving them lectures on the chemicals present in a cigarette. Also, listening to seminars on the effects of smoking while asking them how to solve the problem allows people to think twice about their smoking decisions. However, I believe that the most effective method is to actually experience the absolute fact of the situation. Meaning to say, experience is life’s greatest teacher. To do this, we will put the smokers and their families into a see-through glass container the size of an average studio apartment with unlimited stock of cigarettes and cigars. To execute the plan, first we will contact the best glass smith in town to create a 5cm  thick crystal clear polycarbonate glass container. The material will be able to withstand a bullet from an assault rifle so, with no doubt, it will trap the smokers and families inside. Then, we will buy an unlimited stock of the best cigarettes and cigars produced and put it in the glass container. The execution will take place in busy venues such as Times Square — placing the glass container in a location where there would be many people passing by. The smokers and their families will be trapped inside and we will force the smokers to start smoking. Imagine letting them be in the container for a few hours or so to actually feel the side effects of smoking. Once they have suffocated enough from the smoke and beg for mercy, we will let them out. For a long time, smokers can light up their cigarettes anywhere without realizing that they are actually harming the people around them with the smoke. This time we let the smokers know that their way of “escaping reality” is also harmful to their families. As for the people passing by and seeing through the glass, they can realize that smoking is a habit they would like to end once and for all. We can always expand our knowledge through reading and listening but we hope this will visually educate the smokers and become the very basis of their actions in the future. The risk of inferior health caused by smoking in public establishments is truly intolerable. The banning of smoking in public places everywhere should be imposed because it would reduce the risk of health problems of non-smokers; it could reduce the number of smokers all together; and therefore, reduce the amount of valuable money spent on smoking-related costs. Moreover, the ban could reduce the number of smokers at present and future times; discouraging the action of smoking through choice, the choice between daily and social activities and smoking.I used to struggle with my confidence. I was very shy and frequently left myself out from people. I couldn’t even stand in front of the mirror alone in my room and watched myself beginning to speak.During my primary and half-way through middle school, I could say that nobody knew I existed since I was very afraid to reach out to others. People surrounding me might think what a freak I was.