“It is my right to smoke”. This is perhaps one of the most argued points by those who smoke and feel discriminated for it. You should check the vape juice reviews if you have the same question.

First and foremost, one should not be confused between a “right” and what is “moral”. While it may seem plausible that one cannot take away another’s “right” to do something, i.e. consume a legal product, it does not necessarily mean that it is moral for the other to exercise that right. In other words, it is not necessarily true that something is morally accepted just because it is legal. There are many considerations and practical reasons when a legal policy is made.

For example, many countries that used to criminalize suicide have now repealed the law. Does this mean that committing suicide is now morally acceptable? Just because one has a “right” to life (or death) does not mean it is moral to do so. Another example would be prostitution. The reason Singapore legalize prostitution is not to convey a message to its citizen that prostitution is morally acceptable, but by doing so, the government has control over the issues of prostitution, i.e. imposing medical checkup, limiting the boundaries in which prostitution can take place in Singapore and so on.

As for smoking, most governments in the world impose high taxes on the “legal product”.  Some even spend public funds to run campaigns against smoking. On top of that, many governments around the world had intervene and made it illegal to smoke in certain places. This is a clear example of the law displaying its normative feature, which is a common feature shared with morality. Practically, the government cannot ban smoking entirely. Practically, they can make policies to discourage smoking.

No doubt, one has a right to smoke in front of a non-smoker. Analogically, one also has a right to curse and swear in front of his friends. But the question is, is it disrespectful? While it is legal to use foul languages (as long as one do not go to the extent of  psychic assault), most choose to mind their language and be respectful to one another. The same applies to smokers. Smokers can choose to discreetly exercise their rights while at the same time respecting others by smoking in vicinities that will not affect non smokers. It would be  tautological to go into more statistics, as it has already been empirically proven that second hand smoke is hazardous. Hence, t smokers who are adamant in their “rights” and choose to exercise it in front of non smokers are just being “legally disrespectful”.