Smoking Should Be Banned
Recent medical research has shown that smoking does not only harm smokers, but also non-smokers who are nearby. That’s why a lot of people think that smoking should be banned in public places.
In my opinion, ban on smoking is the right thing.
Opponents of this ban argue against it. Firstly, they say that smoking is not against the law so people can smoke where they want. In addition, in restaurants and some other public places there are special rooms for smoking. Besides, if they banned smoking, the government would lose a lot of money from taxes on cigarettes. As a result, many tobacco companies wouldn’t have income and would go bankrupt.
There are more arguments in favor of the ban. Smoking is very dangerous for health. It causes many serious diseases such as heart attacks, asthma bronchitis and even lung cancer. As King James 1 said:” Smoking is hateful to the nose, harmful to brain and dangerous to the lungs.” It is a recognized fact that cigarettes kill 50000 people every year. Each cigarette shortens your life for five minutes. Tobacco kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined.
Apart from this, the harm of smoking for women should be especially highlighted. They give birth to children and it’s difficult to have a healthy child being a smoker.
Moreover, passive smoking is also a major concern today. Non-smokers can suffer from health problems if they spend a lot of time among people who smoke. Despite the warnings given by doctors about the ill-effect of smoking, young people continue to smoke and some of them become nicotine addicts. Cigarettes are so addictive because it takes only 7 seconds to feel the effect of the nicotine in your blood. I think many teens start smoking because they want to look more grown up than they really are. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to smoke themselves.
All things considered, smoking should be banned in all public places- schools, hospitals, restaurants, bars, trains and others. I believe it would be a great idea to ban all kinds of advertising of tobacco on TV, the Internet and other social media. Another suggestion is to double taxes on tobacco and raise the price on cigarettes. What is more, it is necessary to launch a campaign against children smoking. Much can be done by explaining to children that they ruin their health by smoking.
I agree with Brooke Shields’ words: “Smoking kills. If you are killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life”. To my mind, world would be a better place without cigarettes.