Public smoking should not be banned. - after all smokers have their rights too.
Do you agree?
No, I don't agree that public smoking should be allowed. In fact, I feel that not only public smoking should be banned, but people found practising the same should be heavily penalised.
By smoking in public, smokers are raising a bad example in front of children and youth. Moreover, other innocent people who may be non-smokers themselves are forced to inhale the fumes and their health is put at risk for no fault of theirs. Moreover, smoking causes air pollution and litters the environment as well.
Smoking is known to cause heart attacks and other disorders. But the hard fact about smoking is that it does not limit its hazards only on the smokers. Due to public smoking, the fumes get accumulated in the atmosphere thereby, impacting non –smokers also at the same magnitude which also includes children and old people.
Banning public smoking will not only reduce the health hazards in the society but will also reduce air pollution and keep the environment clean. Putting restrictions on public smoking may reduce the smoking level of some people.
Apart from heart diseases, other health hazards that are becoming increasingly common in both smokers and non-smokers are cancer and cirrhosis. Also, many people these days suffer from asthma and as reported by a research, most of them are non-smokers. They are getting asthmatic as they develop an allergy towards the smoking fumes prevalent in the atmosphere.
Also, it cannot be ignored that lots of forest fires have been caused because a smoker has thrown a cigarette lit up in the forest. Thousands of trees and animals have died. Likewise,
many buildings have also caught fire due to these kinds of ignorance on the parts of the smokers.
Hence, allowing public smoking is really unethical as it is not putting just the health of smokers in risk but those of innocent non-smokers as well. It degrades the environment and also leads to big accidents at times.
Another dangerous implication of smoking is that teenagers and youth have started perceiving smoking as "fashion" symbol and this is very dangerous since, it makes them resolve to smoking at a very young age. This is a societal issue and should be addressed collectively.
Awareness camps, excessive advertising regarding negative effects of smoking accompanied by strict rules and their enforcement can help to address the issue of public smoking.
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