The Argument Against Smoking Ban Essay

751 Words Jun 27th, 2016 4 Pages
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I am arguing in favor of smoking ban’s and will provide justification for them. My opponents burden is to argue against smoking bans. “A smoking ban is a public policy that includes criminal laws and health regulations that prohibit smoking in certain public places and workspaces.” (2)

Pro’s Case

My opponent and I seem to both agree on a vital concept known as the harm principle. That is to say we believe that people ought to be free to do what they desire so long as they do not harm others. It is because of the harm principle that a smoking bans ought to be supported.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for one out of every five deaths in the U.S. annually. Understand that this harm is not only self-inflicted as 41,000 deaths annually are the result of secondhand smoking. Consequently, it has been found that if the current rate continues “5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. (1) Furthermore, it has been found that significant harm is done to those who live, or work, with people who smoke. (2) Accordingly, it has been found that smoking bans lower if not remove the harms of smoking. Perhaps this is why The National Cancer Institute, Surgeon General of the United States and National Institutes of Health all support smoking bans. (2)

We see at this point that smoking violates the harm principle. This means that when…

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