Beth Neeley December 10, 2012
Susan Kling ENG111
Persuasive essay on why the production and sale of cigarettes should not be banned. Includes, opposing arguments and refutes to the opposing claims. Call to action asking non-smokers to try to better understand the issue from the smoker’s point of view and come to a compromise.
Nicotine, Addiction, Advertising, Marketing, Production, Tax Revenue, Equity Theory.
Smoking VS. Non-Smoking
In recent years the prohibition of smoking in or on college campuses, places of business, and healthcare facilities has increased dramatically. Some employers are going as far as firing people for smoking even in their own cars or simply smelling like smoke. More and more non-smokers and healthcare professionals have began calling for a ban on the production and sale of cigarettes. I believe outlawing the production and sale of cigarettes may cause more problems than it would help solve. Three important points that are typically pushed aside are: smoking is a choice banning it completely takes away your personal freedom of choice; Outlawing cigarettes may not fully dissolve the problem people will find a way to do it regardless; Banning cigarette sales may have a greater negative impact on our already struggling economy. My first point I would like you to ponder is every day we find ourselves losing more and more of our freedom of personal choice. Examples include things such as pressuring people to eat healthier and go green. I believe that it’s great to make better use of our resources and eat healthier, but it should be our own choice how we decide to take care of ourselves and make choices. The fact is at the end of the day we all have to face the consequences of our own actions. Shouldn’t the decision to smoke or not be our own to make? Consider this, what if it was made unlawful to...