Every year thousands of people die because of having cancer or other tobacco-related illnesses due to smoking. Smoking is seen everywhere from our own television screens to even the world wide web; the internet. Tobacco is the substance that is in these cigarettes. These tobacco products are promoted through tobacco ads that are found almost everywhere you turn. They are in magazines, television screens, on the internet and even on cigarette boxes themselves. Alas, their tobacco ads do not tell the whole truth. Thus, many people fall prey to these tobacco cigarettes and once they try one cigarette, they are hooked on it. The reason this is so is the nicotine present in it, which is a kind of drug. So now, as you can see many have been addicted to the habit of smoking.
Nowadays in almost all parts of the world has much controversy because people some people agree about smoke in public areas, but others who do not smoke complain about that; so much so that it has now become an issue. So, should smoking be banned in all public places? I would say yes, they should. Firstly, when many smokers smoke in public places, the people around them who do not smoke breathe in the smoke and they become passive smokers. These smokers can even get very ill due to the consequences of passive smoking. Researchers have even discovered that the onslaught of that kind of cigar smoke causes ninety-seven gases to malfunction. The Environment Protection Agency also reported that passive smoking causes 2500 to 3500 lung cancer deaths a year among non-smokers in just the U.S. alone.
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We may not know this but we sure do know that passive smoking can even kill innocents who did not choose to smoke just like how fatal it is when a smoker smokes; leading himself to death. Thus, I strongly feel that smoking should be banned. Secondly, smoking does not harm the environment and pollute it. In addition, it is a fact that our planet has air pollution and it can help to continue to harm the planet. Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) contains more than forty substances that are known to cause cancer in human beings or even animals. Sometimes people think that it’s just a few smokers emitting smoke into the air but they do not realize that it is not only happening where they live. They have got to apprehend that this happens from people all over the world and when it is taken step by step, it does impinge on our planet.
In 1995, about 18 million children under 10 years of age lived in areas with air quality that did not meet federal standards. Just think about all these innocent people that these smokers are hurting. This shows that smokers do not even know or bother about the consequences that their smoking brings. I think the only way that they would become conscious of this is if smoking is banned in all public areas. Another thing is that if smoking was to be banned in all public places, it would force these smokers to smoke lesser and to eventually quit smoking. Smokers would then grasp that they can only smoke in a particular area that is private and personal; like their own rooms. However, since many people spend most of their time in public places they would not be able to smoke a lot causing them to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke in a day. This may cause some side effects due to their addiction to nicotine.
Nevertheless, they still can deal with it by chewing sweets and doing other things to keep themselves busy and if they do not smoke any further, they may eventually end up quitting smoking. Once these smokers quit smoking, they would no longer be affecting the environment, any innocents or even their loved ones. They themselves would be free from the drug that had held them captive to smoking. Thus, I feel that if smoking was to be banned in all public places, not only would the world be a better place to live in but everyone else including smokers would be healthy and alive as well. Some may say that smoking should not be banned in all public areas as if it was to be done; the countries’ revenue may decrease. This is so as many people do smoke and if these smokers were not able to smoke in public places, they would not buy as many cigarettes as they used to before. Even tourists who smoke would not buy these cigar sticks, as they cannot smoke at any place other than their own private, personal rooms.
It may be so that due to the banning the countries’ revenue may dwindle but think if you are ready to sacrifice millions of others just for this simple reason. I would think not. Nonetheless, some also do argue that this step of banning smoking is quite drastic but think about smoking itself and its consequences. Like I have said earlier, smoking itself is bad for one’s health and that smoking also causes others to get ill and in some of the most worse cases, the cost of smoking can be grave. So if people do think that the action of banning smoking in all public places is quite dire, then they should look at all the consequences that I have mentioned about smoking. By going through its effects, I would say its effects are severe as well. So I do not see the reason that this statement of banning smoking in all public areas cannot be put into action.
In conclusion to the topic that smoking should be banned in all public places, I feel that it should be something that should be put into action. It is the only way smokers may reform their ways and start afresh. Although many others may also argue that air pollution does occur due to other factors, smoking is also a factor encouraging air pollution. So why not try stopping it while we can right now by taking a stand that smoking should be banned in all public places and turn it into an action that would prove the best all-round? Smoke is very bad and the government should not authorize smoking in public places at all. It not only affects the people who smoke but also other innocent people. Moreover, if you smoke, you would have to think more about not only your own health but also about the other people whom you live with and who are around you. So, all in all, I conclude that smoking should be banned in all public places.