For several decades, smoking remains one of the most common and most unhealthy of human habits. Smoking, specifically in public, had generally been regarded as a personal choice that bystanders had little control over. Even now, smoking is still one of the lead killers in North America and its effects are still harming innocent people. After all the people who have succumbed to the effects of tobacco smoking, when do we learn to stop? I believe we can solve this issue with a ban for smoking cigarettes.
For many years, Americans have argued whether or not the government should put smoking bans in place. A smoking ban is a law enforced by government officials, stating that smoking is illegal, either in public or completely. Numerous cities and states passed laws restricting or banning smoking in public areas and in workplaces, and many private firms barred smoking in the workplace (Infobase Learning). Many citizens argue whether or not the government should have that much control; it cannot be argued that using tobacco products is extremely harmful to not only the ones using it, but to the ones around it as well. Passive smoke even causes severe damage to our environment and ecosystem. The use of tobacco products is extremely harmful to everyone; therefore, tobacco products should be banned completely.
Should smoking be illegal? Yes. Why you may ask? Well, simply because it KILLS. People don’t understand the side effects of smoking. Smoking leads to a huge amount of diseases. Smoking leads to; Cancer, Brain Damage, High blood pressure, gum disease etc. So there’s obviously a huge health risk by just smoking right? So why do people still smoke?
Today, cigarettes are highly taxed and provide a lot of money for an ever-growing economy. They are smoked by millions, across the country and are one of the most prolific addictions in the world. The revenue and pleasure that smoking cigarettes causes is entirely outweighed by the negative effects they cause. Smoking cigarettes is a dangerous and deadly addiction. They provide no benefits physically or mentally. Even non-smokers are now facing the consequences caused by cigarette smoke. Although cigarettes generate a lot of money for the economy, they have negative effects on people’s bodies and the environment, and should be completely outlawed in America.
Many people including myself, believe smoking in public should be illegal. Why you may ask? When people smoke in public a lot of things happen. When people smoke cigarettes in public you are breathing in the toxic chemicals, not to mention it smells disgusting, and all the trash that is left behind from cigarette smokers.
According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health (2010), young adults aged between 20 to 29 years have the highest rate of smoking. The WHO (2012) finds that on average every six seconds one person dies from smoking cigarettes. China is considered the largest country that consumes and produces cigarettes in the world. Recently, researchers found that tobacco killed around 100 million people in the worldwide in the 20th century, and this number is more than the figure of killed people in world wars I and II. Also, Smoking cigarette is one of the main causes of cancerous diseases. According to world health organization statistics, around 87 percent of the people who smoke more likely to have lung cancer.
What is cigarette? According to (Merriam-Webster, 2014), “Cigarette” is a slender roll of cut tobacco enclosed in paper and meant to be smoked. Nowadays, cigarette is so expensive but a lot of people would like to buy cigarettes to smoke but some people, mostly non-smokers are against smoking altogether. Everywhere you look, anti-smoker are now campaigning against smokers. They claim cigarette kills one quarter or even more of all smokers; then second smoke become public health problem. In order to solve this problem, the production and sale of cigarettes should be forbidden. This is because cigarette cause many effect than people think. It affect not only health but also society, environment and economic.
The culture of smoking in many shapes and forms has been accepted in all kinds of art. Its presence has caused many distinct and many times conflicting meanings depending on the various conditions of time. Pipe smoking was considered one of the most famous forms of smoking until recently. Today, it is associated with old age and it is considered old-fashioned and many times peculiar. Cigarette smoking, on the other hand, which started getting popular only in the 19th century, is associated with modernity, masculinity and power which makes them more appealing to the audiences. This kind of image is associated with capitalism and in fact, some evidence suggests that men with higher than average testosterone
Ethics is the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles that govern a person or group’s behaviour. It is the general human characteristics that separate us from right or wrong conducts. While on the other hand, business ethics is the study of proper business policies and practices that could be practiced in business. “Business ethics is the application of general ethical ideas to business behaviour” (Lawrence & Weber, 2014, p. 70). It is very important for the business to measure what is proper conduct according to the society; each and every person throughout the world depends on these ethical dilemmas to take necessary steps and consider whether it is useful or not, whether it will be endorsed or rejected.
"Smoking leaves an unseen scar; it fills your lungs with toxins and tar" Anonymous. Currently the legal smoking age in America is 18. "in 2014 73% of high school students and 56% of middle school students who used tobacco products in the past 30 days reported using flavored tobacco proudcts during that time." You are never really old enough to start smoking, but for the teens and younger adults, I argue that the legal age to purchase and use tobacco should be raised to 25. At least this will prevent some teenagers to become addicted to tobacco so young
Do you want to be put under the risk of the negative impacts your body can get from smoking or even secondhand smokinge? Smoking should not be allowed at parks and other public venues because it has health risks associated with it, it creates a dirty and unsafe environment and it is a bad influence. Smoking itself has many health risks, but for it to be allowed in public places imposes even bigger health risks to the public. The first reason smoking should not be allowed in public places such as parks is related to health.
Harper, T. (2006). Why the tobacco industry fears point of sale display bans. Tobacco Control, 15 (3), 270-275.
I think smoking should be banned from public places because not only does it affect the smoker but it also affect anyone that is close by if a child lives in a home with a smoker it can cause the child to develop asthma, lung disease, heart disease, etc. Smoking should be banned in public places for many reason many people do not like the smell of smoke nor want the smell of the smoke to get into their clothes. Smoking also affects the environment. For an example if someone is outside smoking outside near a restaurant and a family wants to sit outside and eat it can affect the family that is eating also if they have kids with them. Usually people look for places where no smokers are so thats why smoking should be banned from all public places.
It is now the time to confront the desagreable people smoking in public places. Public places such as the park, movie theatre, and outdoor malls are in the community to have a good time with your family and friends, until someone near you starts smoking a cigarette, cigar, or pipe ruins it. Smoking causes individuals unhealthy lifestyle, not only that, the smell is so strong that smoking leads to negative effects on non-smokers and the environment around them.