The Pros And Cons Of Tobacco Smoking

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Smoking tobacco is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in our times. This was not always the case. More people used to chew tobacco. However, smoking a cigarette is very popular today. At the start of the 1900’s, “the cigarette became the major tobacco product made and sold... [selling] 3.5 billion cigarettes [in 1901]” (Randall, 1999). Smoking tobacco has turned into a big problem on a global scale. According to the World Health Organization, “[t]obacco kills around 6 million people each year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second hand smoke” (2016). Tobacco, especially the pure form of nicotine, is a very bad habit that is hard to quit. It is up to the governments to restrict the use of tobacco. One such government that is aiming to curb the use of tobacco products is the Indian government. India banned tobacco companies from advertising their products in 2001. As a result of this ban, there has been much …show more content…
However, I think that advertising should be targeted at adults. For example, both adults and children watch sports or other shows aimed at families. Many tobacco companies advertise during these events. I think the advertisement of tobacco should be restricted to certain times during the day when children are not watching their television. Another thing the Indian government can do is educate its citizens. Education on the effects of cigarettes on one’s health is important so that people understand the risks associated with smoking. Help should be available for smokers who want to quit. Tobacco is very addictive, especially in its pure nicotine form. Making mental health care more accessible to the citizens of India can help with addiction. The government should not control its citizen’s lives but rather offer help and education so as to guide them in the right

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