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Biology smoking coursework. Should smoking be banned in public places?

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´╗┐Should smoking be banned in public places? Introduction The topic of smoking is a very controversial one as smoking tends to effect people psychologically and physically (World Health Organization (WHO), 1992). People believe that smoking affects the world?s population and it is claimed to be a silent killer (WHO, 1992). Many healthcare professionals expressed concerns about whether smoking should be banned forever. This is because the ban in public places imposed in 2002 caused economical trauma, as pubs lost significant amount of funds(British Broadcasting Communication (BBC), 2006). Thus, before continuing with this work, one need to pose the following question; should smoking be banned in public places? The question can be answered by exploring the following objectives. Objectives. 1. To explore the effects that smoking has to the public community. (Should it be banned) 2. To explore the effects that smoking on the human body . 3. To conduct a survey on 50 people of different age groups.. Background information Smoking tends to be a practice in which a substance, most commonly tobacco or cannabis, is smoked and inhaled. This practice occurs in all cultures and it is noted to be present in wide range of age groups. Such a wide spread use is more likely a result of cultural socialisation and parental upbringing (Jackson and Dickson, 2003 ). ...read more.

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Smokers at a late stage in there lives tend to have very unhealthy lungs which are surrounded by a deep black dirt. The ingredients within the cigarette cause the lungs to tighten, swell and clog the interior of the lungs with dirt. Here is a diagram showing a smokers lung: Passive smoking is the inhalation of smoke, also called second-hand smoking (SHS) or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), from tobacco products used by others. It occurs when tobacco smoke permeates any environment, causing its inhalation by people within that environment. Passive smoking has played a central role in the debate over the harms and regulation of tobacco products. Since the early 1970s, the tobacco industry viewed public concern over secondhand smoking as a serious threat to its business interests. Harm to bystanders was perceived as a motivator for stricter regulation of tobacco products. Despite the industry's awareness of the harms of secondhand smoke as early as the 1980s, the tobacco industry coordinated a scientific controversy with the aim of forestalling regulation of their products. Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke causes disease, disability, and death. Currently, the health risks of secondhand smoke are a matter of scientific consensus, and these risks have been a major motivation for smoking bans in workplaces and indoor public places, including restaurants, bars and night clubs, as well as some open public spaces. ...read more.

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Personally I feel my data is reliable as I have displayed two points of view whilst have other statistical evidence to back the claim up. Also I have gathered quotes from a very reliable source in being the NHS as they are one of the leading health organisations. These quotes help back up my data as they are more reliable because it has come from a human source who has participated and exceed in quitting smoking. Plus, during my case study I had objectives and me completing my objectives increases my works validity as all my objectives where tested true and can be repeated other and other again. If I could improve my work I would increase my sample from fifty to a hundred as fifty is a very small sample frame and you can?t gather a wide enough range of results to come to a conclusion. But, a hundred gives you the chance to pick a variety of individuals and analysis them as you have a wide data spread. Moreover, they have introduced the ban in the past and it tended to be frowned upon as smoking is one of the key aspects of the dark side of society. That?s why part of me fells they should not introduce the ban as they are just wasting their time. ...read more.

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