Smoking Should Be Banned in Public Places

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Smoking should be banned in public places?

As people becoming gradually more thoughtful with living longer and healthier lives, the harmful effects of habits and live styles have come under significant considerations. One of the issues which have been a controversial and mach debated subject within the lifestyle is the issue of smoking in the public places. The British Medical Health Association research has found that at least 1,000 people die in the UK every year as results of passive tobacco smoke. Other people tobacco smoke increases the chance of non-smokers contracting fatal heart, lung and asthmatic diseases has now led the UK government introducing laws to ban smoking in all public places. Such a ban will come into force in England on 1st July 2007 (BBC News, 2007). This ban covers all public places, including pubs, bars, offices, factories train station and buss stops while only privet homes and outdoor areas are excluded (BBC News, 2007). This paper begins by highlighting the arguments against the smoking ban, it will then go on to evaluate recent research in to the drawbacks of passive smoking providing counterarguments supporting smoking should be ban in public places. It has been argued that smoking shouldn’t be ban in public places. The position goes on to assert that this is a free country and smokers should have their basic human rights to smoke anywhere they want to smoke, so this argument goes on. Indeed every one is for individual rights as long as it doesn’t effect others health. no one will argue that this is not a free country ,and every Individual must have the right to do as they like , infect as long as it dose not damage or affect someone else’s health or life . Definitely smokers have rights but so do non-smokers. Undeniably, it is currently well known fact based on scientific and medical research that smoking cigarette and passive smoking can be bad for your health. So this position goes on to assert that why should smokers be permitted to put non-smokers’ health at risk, breaching their individual right to breath clean and smoke free air! In addition if smokers want to smoke they should go ahead but they should smoke in their own home, non-smokers should not have to inhale their smoke in public places. In the history of the world people have been smoking in public places thinking ‘it’s my money and body, I can do whatever I want to do, but now recent development in the field of medicinal has led to improved interest that smoking not only harms the smoker, but also those around the smokers. Smoking in public places which is known as passive smoking can cause a substantial amount of harm to people. Smoking cigarettes are full of many harmful substances and when smokers knew that what they were inhaling they would probably quit immediately. So it is the government responsibility to protect its citizens. Moreover with all the overwhelming information on the effect of passive smoking I think that the government should do more that smoking should be banned in all public places, which is considerably serious health issue today. Furthermore Business, smokers, publicans, tobacco industries and some of stars argue this country could not survive under current taxation levels without smokers. This position goes on to assert, that the revenue from tobacco tax exceeds the cost to the NHS of smoking –related illnesses, so this argument goes on, earning the treasury billions each year. According to BBC News (2004) research has shown, from 1985 to 2000, tobacco has killed more then 60 million people in the developed countries alone, the figure is more then died in World War Two. Indeed it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore that about 120,000 people die in UK each year due to smoking (BBC NEWS 2004). Moreover about half of all smokers die from smoking - related diseases, and many of smoking –related deaths are not ‘quick deaths ‘. For example if smoker develop COPD (chronic obstructive...
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