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The case against cigarette smoking and why it should be banned

Should Cigarettes Be Banned Completely? Updated on March 24, 2017 more Since completely university in England, Paul has worked as a bookseller, librarian and freelance writer. He currently lives in Florida. Cigarette butts in ash. An enjoyable past time to many tobacco users, the habit is seen as anti-social and health-threatening to many non-smokers. Smoking is restricted in most developed countries nowadays, but a full ban would be a big step. Source As the negative health effects of smoking cigarettes and passive smoking have become clearer in recent decades, many governments have increased punitive taxes and anti-smoking legislation.

Some people believe that further actions should be taken by banning cigarettes entirely. Pro-smoking groups, however, argue that the civil rights of the individual should permit people to make their own personal choice about whether they smoke or not, and also that banning cigarettes would almost certainly be as unsuccessful as prohibition was when alcohol was made illegal in the US back in the 20s and 30s.

This article looks at the question of whether or not cigarettes should be banned and lists the main arguments that are used in support of or against cigarettes.

  1. Six million people die each year from smoking — more than from AIDS, malaria, and traffic accidents combined.
  2. Younger people tend to smoke more than older people. But it should be emphasized to them that their killer second-hand smoke inhibits the rights and freedom of people to live a healthy life.
  3. If smoking were banned, the only effect would be a massive black market, with Britain a gravy train for global organised crime. I stopped 12 years ago, thank goodness, and have never wanted to light up since.
  4. Think about that for a minute Gary MacMillan, Windsor, UK The government will just have to think of something else to tax Brian Lycett, England Economic concerns aside, I would like to address an issue that smokers fail to understand.
  5. Phil Morgan, Lancaster University, UK I would fight along side my 'coughing cousins' to stop such a ban becoming law Jan, UK I hate smoking but I would fight along side my 'coughing cousins' to stop such a ban becoming law. I've always said that they should ban cigarettes!

The true face of smoking is disease, death and horror - not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray. As well as causing health damage to the smoker, the effects of passive smoking on people around smokers are increasingly becoming evident as more research is done in this area. Cigarette smoking is anti-social. Smoky bars, restaurants, and waiting rooms provide an unhealthy atmosphere for smokers and non-smokers alike.

Cigarette smoke causes bad smells and nicotine stains. The habit is generally declining in First World countries.

Should Cigarettes Be Banned Completely?

Consequently, cigarette manufacturers have increasingly focused on new expanding markets in places like Asia. Source One danger that is often underestimated is the link between cigarette smoking and fires in the home and workplace.

Lit cigarettes are a major fire risk and often people fail to put them out properly when they are tired, distracted, or intoxicated. Nicotine is extremely addictive. The withdrawal symptoms are intense and there is a high rate of people who fail to quit, or relapse. Some people end up spending their entire lives addicted. Smokers are a heavy burden on health care services, because of all the severity and wide range of ailments that cigarettes cause.

The public end up paying more through taxes or insurance payments, effectively funding the unhealthy lifestyle choices of smokers. The tobacco industry is exploitative. Having found themselves under pressure in the West, they have now shifted their focus to Third World countries in Africa and Asia, where anti-smoking restrictions are weaker.

People in these countries can end up spending food money on cigarettes because they are addicted to nicotine. It is better to not even try it than to endure the ramifications of either quitting smoking or dying. Old woman smoking a roll up cigarette. It has been clear since the middle of the twentieth century that smoking is hugely detrimental to health, yet the practice still remains relatively common.

It has been estimated that each cigarette smoked takes 11 minutes off the smoker's lifespan.

Should We Ban Cigarettes?

For every person who dies from smoking, there are 20 people who suffer from at least one serious smoking-related illness. Each cigarette contains around 4,800 chemicals.

Out of these, 69 are cancerous. Secondhand smoke causes around 50,000 deaths each year in the US. In 2012, it was calculated that 18. More men smoke than women, although the gap appears to be narrowing. I don't want to quit smoking. I am convinced that if I quit smoking, the world would go to hell.

Should Smoking Be Banned in Public Places?

I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life. They should have the right to choose what they do with their own lives and bodies without interference from governments and other authorities. Banning cigarettes would create a huge black market that would be exploited by criminals and dwarf the problems associated currently with drug dealing.

Unlike alcohol or illegal drugs like heroin or meth, tobacco use causes none of the social and crime problems associated with people being intoxicated or addicted. Smokers pay more tax than non-smokers due to the high tax on cigarettes, banning cigarettes would mean a reduction in taxation revenue for the government. Cigarettes help many people to relax and can improve concentration.

They are also a particular source of pleasure for many people. The tobacco industry creates thousands of jobs around the world. These would be lost if cigarettes were banned. Coffee and smoking are the last great addictions. Some people associate smoking with contemplation and time out from the world.

  • That is because non-smokers should not be forced to secondhand smoke against their will;
  • Paul Talor, UK Ban the sale of cigarettes;
  • There is absolutely no evidence that prohibition works - all it does is adds to the black market and organised crime;
  • In fact, accordintg to some reliable surveys, numbers of smokers are rapidly increasing these day;
  • Not many smokers throw away their cigarette butts into the trash cans;
  • After all, many smokers would actually like to see cigarettes banned because, like Obama, they want to quit.

George Harrison, of The Beatles, was a heavy smoker. Kate Moss, the model, smokes Marlboro Lights. Walt Disney, pioneering animator, was a chain smoker all his life. Albert Einstein, the great scientist, favored a pipe. Sigmund Freud, the Austrian founder of psychoanalysis, loved his cigars. George Orwell, author of 1984, was never without a cigarette. Actor, John Wayne was a smoker.

Humphrey Bogart was also big on smoking and died from a smoking-related illness. Nicole Kidman, the Australian actress, caused controversy when she lit up at the Cannes Film Festival. Who could imagine Winston Churchill without a fat cigar? Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso liked his tobacco too. Left wing revolutionary, Che Guevara liked to puff on a big Cuban cigar. The culture is about moving to a place where tobacco and smoking isn't part of normal life: Younger people tend to smoke more than older people.

Men also tend to smoke more than women although the gender gap is narrowing.