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Should Smoking in Public Places Be Banned? By Contents Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Contents Introduction Why it should be banned Why it shouldn't be banned Effects of smoking Risk from Passive Smoking Conclusion Bibliography Introduction As of the 1st of July 2007, Britain has followed the footsteps of other countries such as Ireland and Bhutan and set up a smoking ban in public buildings - schools, shopping centres, restaurants, bars and clubs - pretty much any enclosed indoor space you can think of. But, is this the right thing to do? Is it fair to force people out to the streets to smoke, or is it equally unjust to force people to sit in other peoples cigarette clouds? I will be investigating this issue and the reasons why it should and should not be banned, as well as the effects smoking has on the body. Why it should be banned The arguments against smoking are well known. ...read more.


For instance, the tobacco industry employs tens of thousands of people throughout the world, particularly in poorer countries like Zimbabwe or India. Without cigarettes, these people would have no jobs. Enforcing a law against smoking in public buildings creates extra problems and work for Police and law enforcers, who have to chase up owners who allow smokers or charging smokers with fines. Another argument is that people should have the right to choose whether they want smoke or not, and when or where they want to. To respect non-smokers, there could be allocated non-smokers sections or rooms. Effects of Smoking Everyone is aware of the damaging health effects smoking has on the body, due to NHS advertising, medical advice, laws enforcing warnings on cigarette boxes and even sadly for some of us having to witness the effects for ourselves as family members of friends are affected. This image shows which body areas are affected by smoking and the damage that is done. It has been proven that tobacco smoke to contain over 4000 different chemicals, some of which have proven links to cancer and other diseases. ...read more.


However, people who breathe in this second hand smoke are still as susceptible to the same effects of cancer and disease. Secondhand smoke is known to contain the same harmful toxic chemicals, including the 69 of these have proven links to cancer, such as arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde. Inhaling these chemicals can increase the risk of lung cancer by 24% and heart disease by 25%. Second hand smoke is especially damaging to children because their bodies are still developing. However, apparently half of all British children are growing up in homes with at least one smoker occupant. According to NHS directs online encyclopedia, "One recent study found that children who live in households where both parents smoke have a 72% risk of developing respiratory illnesses." Conclusion Overall, I believe smoking should be banned. It is a good kick-start to help people quit and would save many lives. I feel the harm caused by smoking overrides any benefits and that smoking should be banned altogether, although some people would not agree with this. By banning smoking in public places, less people will fall ill with smoking related illnesses and makes it easier to enjoy where you go. ...read more.

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