Question: The sale of cigarettes should be made illegal in Singapore. What is your opinion ?
Smoking is one of the leading killers in Singapore; on average, 7 Singaporeans die each day from smoking. A multitude of people demand the government to crack down the practice of smoking by banning the sale of cigarettes. However, an opposing voice refutes that this will not work as there are other means to get cigarettes. I am of opinion that sales of cigarettes should be banned as it will decrease the frequency of smoking.
S: The smoky atmosphere and dirty surroundings caused by cigarettes will deteriorate people's health. E: As cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Obviously, smoking is harmful for both smokers and non-smokers as the second-hand smoke can also lead to fatal consequence. E: As smoking has detrimental effects on humans' fitness, both non-smokers and smokers are being affected by the harmful substances from cigarettes. Smoking has caused a wide range of people to suffer, it will be extensively beneficial to ban the sale of cigarettes to retrieve the high rate of mortality due to smoking.
S: The addiction to smoking has become a serious social issue as the high price of cigarettes leads to much suffering. E: Cigarettes contain nicotine which is highly-addictive. Once people get addicted to it, they have to buy cigarettes regularly to meet their craving. One common packet of cigarettes costs around 10SG. Moreover, it is estimated that 95% smokers say they would like to quit but two-thirds of smokers remain smokers until they die, it is extremely hard for them to resist the temptation. E: The price of cigarettes is exorbitant which adds to a heavy burden for most of smokers. However, since cigarettes are fiercely-addictive, people have to spend a large amount of money to support their "luxurious" habit even though their families may suffer after such a big spend.
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