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Because of the effects smoking has on you and others should it be banned in public places?

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Gemma Jones English Coursework Discursive essay Because of the effects smoking has on you and others should it be banned in public places? "There is no difference between a smoker and a suicide, only that one takes longer to kill themselves than the other". Everyone has their rights, and if you want to smoke or not should be your choice because you are doing the damage to your own body. But if it's supposed to be your choice and every gets their own choice then when you smoke in public places or wherever anyone is around you, you are making that choice for them and damaging their body not just yours. Is this unfair? Throughout this essay I will discuss the pros and cons of smoking and smoking in public places and discuss how smoking affects you and others around you. Most people are unaware that one cigarette contains over 4,000 gases and chemicals, many of which are poisonous. These substances include ammonia (found in cleaning fluids),carbon monoxide (the deadly gas in car exhaust fumes) ...read more.


So if smoking is proved to cause all these health hazards and repulsive things then why do people, including the young, smoke? Tobacco first arrived in the 16th century, and many Europeans started to smoke as they believed tobacco contained medicine, which was good for their health. Today it is well known that the opposite is true and the reason so many people may hate smoking but cant give up is because cigarettes contain a chemical called nicotine. Nicotine gives a person many good feelings, these feelings you get are what draw you back for another cigarette. Nicotine causes rapid relief of adrenaline which feels good and it's effects are: * Rapid heartbeat * Increased blood pressure * Rapid, shallow breathing It also makes you eat less and some people find this a good thing but it is definitely not. It causes you to think that you have no sugar unlike the weight loss caused by exercising, this makes you have high cholesterol and damages arteries this causes heart attacks. Nicotine is why its tremendously hard to give up smoking. ...read more.


If smoking was banned in public places we would have to provide facilities for smokers too. As much as some people may hate smoking it is exceedingly difficult to give up. Even though 11 million strong willed people have give up smoking in the UK many young people are trying it for the first time this second. We are encouraged to cut down on junk food and it is too be much less available and alcohol should be soon too but why not cigarettes. The NHS spends billions each year on diseases caused by smoking. But if our country cant come to face facts and do this grand deed of banning smoking in public places then the least they can do is educate our children and gear them away from smoking as this is where the risk begins. Stopping smoking or helping and encouraging our children not to smoke is vital. There are many organizations available to help smokers but above all we must remember that we are the ones to make a difference by stressing to our younger generation that smoking is a killer, and can only ever be described as SUICIDE. ...read more.

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