Concerning a Smoker's Moral Right to Smoke
Given smoking's risks to myself and others, do I have a moral right to smoke while alone or in the presence of consenting adults? If so, under what conditions? If not, why not?
Note related questions not being asked
- about smoking and smokers
- about legal rights of smokers
Reasons to deny such a moral right:
1. Health risks to myself and others due to the effects of smoking and of second and third hand smoke.
2. Social costs.
3. Morally self destructive to indulge in an destructive, addictive, expensive, unnecessary practice.
4. Places short term pleasures over long term destructive consequences to self and others.
5. Violates a duty to care for oneself and interferes with the duty to be a caring model for others.
6. Non-smokers' consent may be coerced in a variety of ways; some consenters may not be aware of effects of their consent on others.
Reasons to affirm such a moral right:
For Philosophy 302, Issues in Ethics
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY
March 2, 2010
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