Ban the Smoking: It’s Bad for Everyone
Now that America is no longer dependent on tobacco production as a means to sustain its economy, the industry and culture surrounding it should be heavily controlled. Now that fewer people are smoking cigarettes, because of the well-documented health concerns related to its use, more cities and districts are cracking down on smoking in public places – and rightfully so. Smoking in public places should not only be banned, it should come with heavy penalties, such as outlandish fines, criminal charges and, if possible, public beatings. Due to the health problems associated with smoking cigarettes, due to smoking being a fire hazard and offensive to non-smokers, smoking in public places should never go under the radar. It should be banned on a national scale.
Smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes in public places should be banned because it’s offensive to the non-smokers who have to endure the smoke, the butts, the mess and the smell. Consider the typical public place – a market door entrance, a park bench, an elevator. People come to these places for peace and quiet, for necessity, to get to work, so they should not be required to breathe another person’s poisonous tobacco fumes. Everyone knows that second-hand smoke is just as, if not more, dangerous than directly inhaling the smoke. Why should a health-conscious, everyday person have to be penalized for another’s bad decision? It just isn’t right – so smoking in public places should be banned altogether. It’s also disgusting to smell cigarette smoke – even worse when it’s on your clothes. The American government has yet to criminalize the use of all tobacco products, mostly because of billion-dollar companies like Phillip Morris, out of Richmond, Virginia, pays millions of dollars in taxes annually. But cigarettes are killing everyday Americans, costing them too much in the long run. They should certainly be banned everywhere, not just in public places.
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Smoking Is Not Fashionable Anymore!
Let’s ban smoking in public places because it gives young, impressionable adolescents the wrong idea. They see it and think it’s a normal, healthy, cool adult thing to do – something they perhaps feel they’re supposed to do it as adults, maybe even as teens. This is bad because they do not possess the foresight and self-preservation experience to avoid doing things that could one day kill them. By banning smoking in public places, fewer people will be seen smoking and, subsequently, outcast from society. It will be the thing that those people do; they will have to hide it. This is good because this mentality will condition smokers to perhaps give up smoking, a good deterrent for sure because the same social and peer pressure that may have encouraged them to begin smoking has gone the other way. Banning smoking in public places is a wonderful idea and should be taken up by every single jurisdiction, municipality, city, hole-in-the-wall town and county in the country.
In addition to smoking raising health concerns, banning public smoking altogether, including indoors, would surely cut down on fires – both in buildings and possibly in nature, as well. Just picture a waiter with five minutes for a smoke standing just outside a restaurant’s kitchen in a rush to fill their nicotine cravings. The headwaiter calls their name and they flick the cancer stick away – it’s not their problem, right? But it’s windy that night and the cigarette rolls into the nearby trash. And, bam – a fire has begun. People could die. How about banning smoking anywhere a fire could start, any place that could endanger others? This would cut down immensely on building fires. Innocent people wouldn’t have to die in fires, and their beloved possessions would not be destroyed. Banning public smoking benefits everyone, including the smoker.
Let’s conclude this argument by going a step further. If we can already see how banning public smoking would benefit our citizens – protecting their health, peace of mind, homes and possessions – why stop there? Let’s ban smoking tobacco products altogether! Let’s rid our wonderful society of this evil poison, this killer of people, this addictive substance with no health value whatsoever. Let’s make cigarettes so expensive to buy that few can afford them, and so hard to find that they may as well be sold on the black market. This should apply to those vaporized smoking apparatuses, too. They are said to be a healthier alternative to smoking filter tobacco products, but they are just offensive to be around.
Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Should be outlawed
Cigarette smoking is prevalent among many adults in the world. Smoking kills many people than other illegal drugs, and it is also very harmful. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that approximately 443000 people die yearly from tobacco use. Therefore, people feel that cigarettes and other tobacco products should be made illegal. Regardless of the fact that tobacco contributes to the economy, its negatives impact out ways the positive ones. The use of tobacco results to various diseases like heart diseases, breathing problems, oral cancer and also lungs failure. The nation of Bhutan was the first country to ban tobacco in 2010; however, making tobacco illegal is very logical (Gardiner & Clark, 2010).
Growing tobacco, manufacturing of cigarettes and consumption should be outlawed because has no health value; however, science and medical investigators say smoking is a significant cause of cancer such as lung, throat and mouth cancer and other chronic diseases such as asthma. The truth is that cigarette contains 43 cancer-causing complexes (Gardiner & Clark, 2010). These include tar, nicotine, and carbon. The compounds affect the internal function of human body’s immune system. Pregnant mothers who smoke cigarettes cause harmful effects on the infant’s lungs which hampers lung development. Cigarette smoking is accountable for one of every four deaths in the world. The production sale and consumption of tobacco should be made illegal because families are ruined by losing their members day after day.
The law states that the allowed age to buy cigarettes should be eighteen and above. Recently, it has become a precarious public disaster because older students in the school are pressured to smoke. This exposes other non-smokers students to second-hand smoke which is more dangerous than smoking itself. Smoking around children is a bad influence which makes them believe that smoking is right. In Indonesia teenagers start smoking as early as fifteen years; these affect their brain and hinder concentration in school (Gardiner & Clark, 2010). This also affects their future. The only way to save the future generation is by banning the cigarette production. Additionally, scientists discovered a pollutant known as phenanthrene which originates from cigarette smoke. These pollutants are toxic elements which cause DNA transmutation. Such transmutation happens within one minute after smoking. This is very harmful to the human immune system. However, to curb these effects, tobacco products must be made illegal. Smokers who have pets also exposes them to feline cancer (Gardiner & Clark, 2010).
Tobacco production and cigarette use should be banned because it leads to deforestation and wildlife fire. Research shows that hectares of lands are cleared to create more room for tobacco production. The loss of natural forest causes climate change and soil erosion. Due to these issues, farmers experience unmanageable agriculture practices. Meanwhile, in countries with high tobacco production, including Zimbabwe and Syria forests woodlands are profoundly destroyed leaving behind barren lands. This results in high winds and waves along the coastal regions followed by massive floods in rainy seasons. In the past twenty years, cigarette casks have been the most significant source of litter in the environment (Gardiner & Clark, 2010). Wildfires are as well are an enormous problem caused by cigarette smokers. For example, in Hinggan forest china, a cigarette was discarded causing the most massive wildlife fire which ruined three million acres of land leaving 34,000 people homeless. Moreover, roughly, 3000 cigarette filters are dropped in the towns. These butts are very poisonous when eaten by the children (Gardiner & Clark, 2010). Due to this behaviors’ Canada and United States metropolis have barred smoking on the beaches. To protect our environment, people should join hands with the government to kick out tobacco production
Cigarette and other tobacco products are liable for many deadly diseases like mouth, lung and throat cancer. Tobacco production also results in land pollution, climate change, job loss, and poverty. However, the governments should outlaw the manufacture and sale of tobacco.
- Gardiner, P., & Clark, P. I. (January 01, 2010). Menthol cigarettes: moving toward a broader definition of harm. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 12, 85-93.