I’m still contemplating whether there’s an act that disgustingly pisses me off than the act of people who habitually spit from cars or at public venues. I simply hate that due to its obscenity. And that probably inspires my wish for certain foreign laws and policies to be enforced locally. The 270th chapter of Massachusetts Law pertaining to Crimes Against Public Health states in section 14;
Whoever expectorates or spits upon any public sidewalk, or upon any place used exclusively or principally by pedestrians, or, except in receptacles provided for the purpose, in or upon any part of any city or town hall, any court house or court room, any public library or museum, any church or theatre, any lecture or music hall, any mill or factory, any hall of any tenement building occupied by five or more families, any school building, any ferry boat or steamboat, any railroad car or elevated railroad car, except a smoking car, any street railway car, any railroad or railway station or waiting room, or on any track, platform or sidewalk connected therewith, and included within the limits thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars.
Singapore is a nation known to have unusual laws. One can be fined as much as a $1000 just for littering. One may be fined about $150 for not flushing public toilets. Walking around your house naked, urinating in elevators (offence trackable by Urine Detection Devices fixed in elevators), gay sex, selling gums, pornography, graffiti arts, taking drugs before entering the country, and finally, spitting in the streets are some examples of prohibitions clearly strenghtened by legislation.
But that wishful thinking probably stands lowly in the chance of being achieved any moment from now because law makers and enforcers find a hard time handling the basic requirements of our nation let alone, to go beyond that. That doesn’t have to suggest that the issue discussed is not a necessity because it is highly related to health; an embodiment of life to ensure the continuity of our specie. Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of men in the extravagances of suits and ties throw waste off their fast driving automobiles on highways. The middle class being in the category of perpetrators worsens the situation for me.
My thoughts on heavy fines for people who put our already vulnerable environment into progressive jeopardy by their daily actions prescribed by them in heart as normal, cannot be tagged irrelevant because of the disgust and public health threats attached to it. It cannot be associated with the situation of a hard hearted and quick tempered Shaka Zulu. Shaka kaSenzangakhona, fierce warrior who ruled the Zulu Kingdom (South Africa) from 1816 to 1828 disliked mucus expulsion in public so much so that, any man to sneeze in his presence faced instant execution.
Spitting and throwing water sachets (pure water – the most common waste product to enjoy the amusement park throw) is a threat because it is more harmful than one could think. Infections are not as selective as spittle throwing carriers are. People usually spit because they feel uncomfortable with what is found in the mouth. Incomfortability occurs out of varying reasons. The most common cause, (retrieved from series of interviews with students of KNUST and my own personal experiences as a human) is derived from poor dental hygiene. When one fails to brush the teeth, there is a bitter-like uneasily disgusting taste and odour that constraints one to regurgitate series of spittle with the hope that that will reduce the amount of uneasiness found in the buccal cavity. No wonder, most of our old ladies in areas like Nungua, Teshie still resolve to the chewing stick and sponges despite the availability of the normal brush and tooth paste found in modern times. Walking along the streets of the Nungua township at 7am reveals signs of saliva all over because sweepers find it wise enough to throw up some more. Some still employ the use of charcoal and ash, a better option to me. I still remember that vividly as my dad used this method which was believed to perfectly make the teeth cleaner and whiter than it was on every Saturday. He would line us all up and gently use cotton with fine charcoal or ash to brush our teeth. It was a refreshing relief and experience after these actions of dental care.
Now, back to the initial causative factor, there is no doubt that poor dental hygiene provides a door mat into the old rugged mansion of varying illnesses mostly, the deadly ones like Periodontitis, Bacterial Pneumonia, Diabetes Mellitus and etc. Humans, unlike their close and distant cousins of Apes as far as evolution is concerned have highly evolved. Our bodies with our dental system inclusive has adapted to the usage of the toothpaste and brush. This simply means we are more likely to feel the uneasiness that the Chimpanzee or Orangutan will not feel when no teeth cleaning takes place. Uneasiness in itself defitely ensures one to spit. Hepatitis B, tuberculosis, common cold, influenza all have that potential to be transmitted from an infected person to another when one comes into contact with exposed spittle.
The second reason or cause may be nausea which may be derived from the contraction of a disease with nauseating as a symptom. We need to take note though that the disease itself can be caused from the initial cause of not maintaining proper dental hygiene.
Unlike sneezing, spitting is usually voluntary, meaning that one can do something about its expulsion. Germs thrive more on spitting and sneezing. For instance, the sneezing reflex, is in the first place an adaptation for ejecting foreign irritants from the nasal passages, but when a germ provokes sneezing, it is typically not the sneezer but the germ that is the principal beneficiary, getting a high-energy launching into a neighborhood where other potential hosts can take it in. So, the more we sneeze or spit in public places, the better it gets for germs to live and continue living till the end of time, hurting you and I for its survival.
Let’s prove that we are higher animals as we usually want to portray ourselves to be. We usually portray hostility towards the evolutionary idea of our genetic similarities with other animals, yet don’t act in accordance to the responsibility of being higher animals. I am not the first to say NO to public spitting, its just as disgusting when one does it at your point of eating. I just cussed a man sitting next to me in a commercial van out because he just did that. He inspired this article with which your eyes are temporarily gazed upon. And I am certain there are many people like that man all around the world ensuring the need for this post. To the public spitters reading, you can do better than being a normal animal. To the real anti-public spitting readers, you can also do better than being a higher animal. Join me in this campaign against public spitting because, in the end it may be you and I screaming to preventable pains all because of the germ theory.
No More Public Spitting – The Campaign
Achaab Daniel Abalansa
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