Should Smoking Be Banned? 2018-11-08T11:36:35+00:00

Should Smoking Be Banned?

 Everyone knows how dangerous cigarettes can be, and yet, society still tolerates its use. While some cities have banned its use in public, many more still don’t do enough to quell its use.

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The use of tobacco products is one of the main causes of preventable and premature death and disease the world over. According to the Centers of Disease and Control, 443,000 smoking-related deaths occur in the US alone. Others argue that death happens all the time, through various diseases and accidents. However, the problem is not with the deaths itself; the problem is that those 443,000 lives lost could have been prevented.

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To Ban or Not to Ban?

 That is the question. Banning something that millions of people do every day is tough to execute. Imagine the worldwide outrage when smoking is banned suddenly. It would cause chaos. But even if, theoretically, all smokers opt-in to the idea, there are other issues that need to be addressed as well.

One of these is the tax revenue governments get from smoking. In the US, the amount collected in tobacco tax in 2013 amounted to $43.9 billion. It is hard for governments to let go of that outright. If tobacco were to be banned, the taxpayers would have to pay more to provide that same amount. Either that or the government would have to cut its spending.

Another issue to consider is the economy. The tobacco industry employs thousands of farmers and workers who earn a mean annual wage of about $58,000. If cigarette smoking were to be banned, a lot of people who earn a decent living would suddenly lose it all.

Then there is the issue of religion. Some religions use tobacco as part of their rituals and ceremonies, such Native Americans. Stifling any one religion can result in violent protests by both, followers of the offended religion and others as well.

As for the reasons why smoking should be banned, these hit closer to home since they happen on a more personal level. The first is its effect on appearance. Smoking causes premature aging and wrinkles on the face and hands. Look at a smoker side-by-side with a non-smoker and you will know who the smoker is by the yellowed fingers, the discolored teeth, and the stink of tobacco on their breaths and clothes.

There is also the risk of fires in smokers’ homes. Statistics show that smokers are seven times more likely to have a house fire than non-smokers, and about 1000 Americans die from smoking-related home fires annually. What’s more, 90% of wildfires in the US are caused by smoking.

Another lesser-known statistic is the number of car accidents smokers get involved in. Studies have shown that smokers get distracted an average of 12 seconds while looking for a cigarette or lighter. Compare this to the 10 seconds one gets distracted by cell phone use and it is plain to see that smoking while driving is more dangerous. It has been stated that 76% of car accidents are caused by smoking, which is alarming considering no one talks about this risk.

A high cost of smoking happens to those around who don’t smoke. Thousands of innocent people are affected by inhaling second-hand smoke. Add to that the number of lives affected by forest fires and car accidents brought about by smoking, and you have a significant number of innocent people who get hurt without doing anything wrong. Pregnant women who also smoke cause harm to the unborn child, but the same effects occur just by inhaling second-hand smoke. So the next time you want to light up, think of all the lives you indirectly affect.

Finally, there is the mortality rate. In the US alone, about 500,000 die from tobacco use. That number rises exponentially across the globe. Everyone has known someone who has died because of tobacco use or from its second-hand effects. This fact alone should be cause enough to ban smoking. The money and jobs generated from the sale of tobacco can be earned in different ways, but the lives lost prematurely cannot be taken back.

BMA Proposes Radical Tobacco Sales Ban

The British Medical Association has a goal. A tobacco-free society by 2035. That’s quite a goal, especially considering that 10 million, or about 1 in every 5 adults, in the UK smokes cigarettes, according to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) findings.

Their latest plan to make this happen? They want to ban tobacco sales in the United Kingdom to anyone born in the 2nd millenium. That would apply to anyone who is 14 or younger. According to proposed motion, if your identification shows you were born from January 1, 2000 or later, you will never be legally allowed to purchase tobacco.

The Verdict?

 Unfortunately, money talks. The billions of dollars in revenue generated by tobacco products is too valuable for governments to let go outright. Not to mention the jobs and livelihood of the farmers and workers in the industry that will be affected.

The best one can hope for is the strict regularization of its sale and use. Ban smoking in public places and cars, let smokers do their thing inside the comforts of their home. But to ask for a total ban is virtually impossible.

As for the effects on the personal level, that is up to the user. Everyone is entitled to pursue their happiness without infringing on others. Junk food is harmful to health, but banning it can prove even more difficult. The same can be said for smoking. In the end, the individual is responsible for their own health and of those around them.

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Christina Matthews

I love the written word, and in my career as a journalist, I strive to provide the facts about everything I write about. There are too many false and alarmist stories out there about life and vaping mainly. My mission is to make e-cigarettes less scary to people with informative articles and extensive research on not only the possible evils of cigarettes and Big Tobacco, but the objective side of e-cigs.

54 Comments
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    daniela danial

    November 17, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply

    hello I’m trying to use this article for my essay but it does not say the author and date. Can you please help me with that.

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      fortnite god

      March 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm Reply

      hello good sir I am using this as an essay as well wanna play fortnite

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      bobi Jenkins

      March 6, 2018 at 6:06 pm Reply

      me too

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      poop

      March 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm Reply

      it is on the very top

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      samiq

      March 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm Reply

      maybe and what do you mean by help?

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      Urnmumm

      May 21, 2018 at 11:17 am Reply

      i can help you get a life and move on

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        rando

        July 18, 2018 at 6:40 pm Reply

        she needs an education to have a life dummy

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      Ang

      October 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm Reply

      Yes! It does say the Author, but no date!

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    Chad Fisher

    December 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply

    There is a difference between banning manufactured cigarettes infused with additional chemicals and toxic properties, and banning tobacco use.

    Why does the author of this article not understand this distinction?

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    Edward

    January 11, 2018 at 5:26 pm Reply

    PLZ ban smoaking

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      Kim Jong-un

      March 5, 2018 at 3:45 am Reply

      smookang ez bad kil smookang plz

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        Nora

        April 4, 2018 at 7:57 am Reply

        ok oppa

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        fart

        April 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm Reply

        what

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        bob

        June 6, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply

        english please

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      CHICKEN SHEEET

      April 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm Reply

      no

      NOOOOOOOOO

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      Duang

      April 16, 2018 at 10:32 am Reply

      Smoking

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      J

      May 17, 2018 at 10:18 am Reply

      Smoking***

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      Steven Lawrence Rawle

      July 31, 2018 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Please the US government needs to ban smoking tobacco

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    Momolu

    February 22, 2018 at 8:50 pm Reply

    It doent matter about how much moley the tax payers are getting people are addited and if we banned it people wont get hurt as much

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      Sally seahorse

      April 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm Reply

      actually no because they will just buy something more deadly

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        lettusse

        April 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply

        you’re a cactus

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      Lola

      May 30, 2018 at 1:33 pm Reply

      Ok

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    juanito

    February 28, 2018 at 5:37 pm Reply

    yes

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    fortnite god

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm Reply

    hi im looking for a good fortnite squad or duo p

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    Justin

    March 6, 2018 at 5:52 pm Reply

    BAN SMOKING A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL DIE

  8. comment-avatar

    stop smoking

    March 7, 2018 at 2:02 am Reply

    ommmm (sniff) stop smoking guys

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    stop smoking

    March 7, 2018 at 6:53 pm Reply

    STOP JUST STOP

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    stop smoking

    March 7, 2018 at 6:54 pm Reply

    smoking is bad it could cuose you cancer

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    Kang Ju hui

    March 9, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply

    good

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    nato

    March 9, 2018 at 4:32 pm Reply

    smoking is bad you people

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    poop

    March 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm Reply

    So true this stuff needs to be baned!

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    Chelsea

    March 15, 2018 at 12:53 am Reply

    If you believe that Vaping is any better than smoking, search up it’s health issues

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    bigboy

    March 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm Reply

    smok is bad bery bad u no, we ban smoak and lif is gud

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    Your Dad

    March 19, 2018 at 5:13 pm Reply

    I neeeeeeed smoke in my caffeine or i will die of smoke overdose

  17. comment-avatar

    yo boi skinny wewe

    March 22, 2018 at 5:16 pm Reply

    hey my dude

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    No name

    March 26, 2018 at 4:37 pm Reply

    yes we should ban smoking

  19. comment-avatar

    Hi

    March 27, 2018 at 7:38 pm Reply

    Yes

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    random person( who do not like smoking)

    April 4, 2018 at 7:29 am Reply

    BAn THe ciGarEtTe!!!!

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    jake_paul

    April 25, 2018 at 3:22 pm Reply

    yes

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    Anonymous

    April 25, 2018 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Banning the cigarette will cause chaos. Fucking don’t banned it.

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      Malcolm

      June 28, 2018 at 6:33 am Reply

      Watch your language.
      They should sooooo be banned.

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        rando

        July 18, 2018 at 6:43 pm Reply

        actually, some smoking can help cancer patients, and if we ban it people will find something worse to do.

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    unknown

    May 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm Reply

    honestly try to make selling cigarettes illegal cause you are basically paying to slowly die

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    saifullah

    May 21, 2018 at 7:53 am Reply

    hi my name is saifullah and i love smoking so plz dont band smookang

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    JEFF

    May 21, 2018 at 11:18 am Reply

    Smoking is awesome go get a smoke and start!

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    Anonymous

    May 27, 2018 at 6:53 pm Reply

    i think 100% it should be banned it is a hazerd to the environment and should only be excepted for religious reasons.

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    @artsy_fartsy_lolabuns

    May 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply

    It’s completely necessary to ban ciggarettes. Tobacco use altogether though should be allowed. Only raw tobacco should be used. As much chaos isn’t it would cause, it will prevent future smokers as well as help current smokers

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    Me and You

    June 4, 2018 at 5:01 pm Reply

    We DEFINITELY need to ban cigarettes because people are putting so many unnecessary things in their bodies and i wouldn’t want to see them die because of that cause. You are putting poison,paint,toilet cleaner and all these other crazy thing in your bodies.

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    john

    June 11, 2018 at 6:56 am Reply

    aye man ye get me blud, ban they hings

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    lola

    June 18, 2018 at 3:18 am Reply

    hi

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    Steven Lawrence Rawle

    August 11, 2018 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Yes we definitely need to ban tobacco use, the expenses is outrageous for a pack of cigarettes and I’m tired of lining the Deep Pockets of cigarette manufacturers, the CEOs are laughing all the way to the bank

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    Sandeep

    September 9, 2018 at 9:33 am Reply

    Plz bann it

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    Roy Wang

    September 21, 2018 at 9:47 am Reply

    smoking is dangerous for everyone,so absolutely that the cigarrette are banned

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    AJ

    October 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Hello, I wanted to comment on this paragraph in the article “Then there is the issue of religion. Some religions use tobacco as part of their rituals and ceremonies, such Native Americans. Stifling any one religion can result in violent protests by both, followers of the offended religion and others as well”. The native american’s do use tobacco for ceremonies but the preferred tobacco is not commercial, it is traditional tobacco without all the added chemicals. The reason Native Americans started to use commercial tobacco for ceremonies is because the federal government banned them from using traditional tobacco in the 1970’s- so, to continue the ceremonies natives would use commercial tobacco instead, so no one was the wiser.

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