I agree with the suggestion to ban smoking in coffee shops ("Some call for ban on smoking at coffee shops"; April 19).
Second-hand smoke is a health hazard. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.
Lung cancer, respiratory problems, severe asthma attacks remain real threats.
About 250 non-smokers die each year in Singapore from exposure to second-hand smoke.
This shows that second-hand smoke ought to be taken seriously and be dealt with.
Coffee shops are a mainstay in our heartland estates. Even though there are some coffee shops segregating the smoking and non-smoking areas, it is still of not much use. The cigarette smoke is still being blown into the non-smoking area.
Banning smoking at coffee shops will allow non-smokers to have their meals without inhaling second-hand smoke.
This article was first published on May 3, 2015.
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