Argumentative Essay: Why Public Smoking Should Be Banned Completely?

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Argumentative Essay: Why Public Smoking Should Be Banned Completely #1 Public smoking is an act that only has harmful effects on people. Secondhand smoke, medical costs, health problems, and even death that stems from public smoking is just the beginning of why public smoking should be banned completely. It has been proven that limiting public smoking only results in good for the general community; there is a reduction of litter, less discomfort for non-smokers, and a better health of the general community. Due to the fact that public smoking only causes harmful effects and banning it only causes good effects, it is only logical and fair to ban public smoking completely. The secondhand smoke that results from public smoking is one reason …show more content…
Because public smoking is so common and widespread, though, secondhand smoke is simply unavoidable. When non-smokers cannot avoid the harmful effects of second-hand smoke because of public smoking, it is simply unfair to them. For instance, for a waiter or waitress who works in a smoking restaurant, one eight-hour shift is like smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes (Carnes). All people should be able to exercise the right to a healthy workplace (Rutherford). Public smoking is a major injustice to non-smokers, who simply wish to avoid the harmful effects of it, but cannot. Non-smokers, especially those who are serious about their commitment to not smoking, are forced to make the decision to either let the act of avoiding secondhand smoke from public places hold them back, or to let it have its harmful effect on them. Banning public smoking would also reduce the number of smokers altogether. Partial smoking bans already have reduced the number of smokers, and reduced the amount that smokers smoke. When you make workplaces, public places, restaurants, and bars smoke-free, people smoke less, and fewer cigarettes are sold (Stark). The effect of not having as many smokers would, of course, be that a much smaller amount of people would become victim to secondhand smoke. It would mean that fewer people, smokers and non-smokers, would have to experience bad …show more content…
The majority of public smokers do not properly dispose of their cigarette butts and ashes, leaving litter on the streets and sidewalks. If there was a ban on public smoking, there would be a noticeably less amount of litter, which would lead to an all-around better appearance of our public places. This is especially an advantage to large corporations and businesses where appearance to the buildings and surrounding area carries importance. Without the litter of cigarette butts and ashes, there would also no longer be the stale, lingering scent of smoke in buildings, one that most people seem to find uninviting and unpleasant

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