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					Should Smoking Be Banned?
    In this composition I will outline the arguments and
examine the reasons regarding the question: Should
Smoking Be Banned Completely? This essay will
discuss why smoking is not healthy for the youth and
the adults.
        Every year thousands of people are killed
because of their health. This is so because smoking is
a way “they live their lives.” So I would ask myself:
“Should Smoking Be Banned?”
    It has become fashionable in the world today to
condemn smoking. However, although I feel smoking
can be harmful, I do NOT think it should be banned
completely. Let me deal with the positive side of
smoking. First, smoking undoubtedly helps many
people to relax. For some, it can improve their
concentration. Many people like to smoke before
exams or when they are relaxing with friends.
    A further point is that governments throughout the
world make huge profits from taxes on cigarettes. This
provides funds which are used for building schools,
hospitals and other public centers. The tobacco
industry also employs tens of thousands of people
throughout the world particularly in poor countries like
Zimbabwe or India. Without cigarettes, these people
would not have jobs.
    I would also argue that people should have the right
to choose whether they smoke or not. People should
not smoke in a room where there are non-smokers but
surely they should be free to smoke elsewhere.
    The arguments against smoking are well known:
smoking has been shown to be dangerous to health.
Heart disease, bronchitis and lung cancer have all been
linked statistically. A further issue is that smoking
costs governments millions of dollars because of the
large number of people who need treatment in
hospitals for smoking-related problems.
       There is also the concern today about “passive”
smoking. Recent research has shown that non-
smokers can suffer health problems if they spend long
periods of time with people who smoke. In general I
think the world would be a better place without
cigarettes. However, the decision as to smoke or not
should be for each individual to make.
    To end this composition, I would like to raise
additional questions:
    1.    Should the health benefits of smoking be
          banned? Maybe this question is an
          EDUCATIONAL ISSUE.
    2.    Should the health benefits of smoking be
          banned completely? Come up with
          alternatives to the tobacco industry.
    3.     What ACTIONS should be taken to CONTROL
          smoking?

				
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