Smoking is not just an unhealthy habit it is an irresponsible one. Every time someone lights a cigarette, carcinogens and other pollutants are released into the air and everyone’s health is compromised. With all the other contributions to air pollution and poor health that are difficult to halt in society, smoking is one that each individual can and should prevent. Therefore, I believe that cigarettes should be made illegal. While it may sound drastic, it would be a step in the right direction to making our livelihood and our world a healthier and more pleasant place.
Of course there are repercussions, particularly in the business sector as tobacco companies would loose their primary product. Perhaps they could form new initiatives to aid in the prevention of global warming or team up with hospitals and cancer treatment centers to support those that have fallen ill from their products. The government would have to adjust too. Without the tax from cigarette purchases, new taxes would have to be implemented. These could come in the form of penalizing other unhealthy or irresponsible habits, like over processed foods or non-recyclable packaged products.
It goes without saying that society would be improved without cigarettes. The air would be cleaner, the public would be healthier, and we would be one step in the right direction to making the world better.