Should Smoking Be Banned In All Public Places

1273 Words 6 Pages
Reuben Ackarie
Prof. Chang
ENG 102
5 November 2016
Your Decision Impacts Everyone It is a disturbing fact, that even though a plethora of scientific evidence exists on the dangers of smoking, each day millions of people reach for their cigarettes, light up, and relieve their nicotine craving. Some smokers may believe their risky habit does not have an impact on people around them. Science, however, tells a different horror story. Smoking should be banned in all public places as exposure to second hand smoke poses serious health consequences to include cancer and death. It is no secret that smoking is the leading cause of preventable premature deaths and “accounts for a sig¬nificant proportion of many health inequalities” (Brown and Ekpu,
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If smoking were banned, it would be limited to all public places and venues, and not inside personal residences or vehicles (unless children were present). There would still be many places people could get their nicotine. More areas would be designated for people who choose to smoke. The old saying out of site out of mind may pertinent in this rebuttal. According to Mayor, places that had smoking bans, revealed a significantly lower smoking rate of new smokers (1). This is very good news. It means less adolescents took up the habit, but this isn’t the only good reason. A generation with less smokers will also benefit society …show more content…
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