Smoking Out the Smokers


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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.

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5 comments on “Smoking Out the Smokers

  1. Smoking is a very bad habit. I remember when people used to be able to smoke inside public places, such as restaurants, in New York. However I did not realize until now that this law was not a federal restriction. Only 28 out of 50 states have banned smoking in enclosed public areas. It seems to me this should be a national ban.

  2. Interesting (and yes, drastic) policy recommendation. There are other items people consume that are also bad for their health beside cigarettes (ex. fried food). Cigarettes have negative long term effects (heart disease, cancer, respiratory difficultly etc.), whereas alcohol can have negative immediate consequences (drunk driving accidents, alcohol poisoning, etc.). Do these lengths of time need to be considered when we consider what is worth regulation? While the legality of these objects could be changed, I think personal choice should be maintained in most situations. Instead of outlawing cigarettes, I think preventative education programs and addiction programs would be a good place to invest our energy to decrease rates of smoking. I can only imagine the backlash that would accompany a policy outlawing cigarettes…

  3. Haley brings up an interesting point in that there are probably more negative effects to others around you for drinking than for cigarettes. Generally, tobacco and nicotine do not affect decision making like alcohol does. Yet, I also agree that personal choice should be maintained in most drug/alcohol situations.

  4. I definitely agree with both of you about other unhealthy habits. I guess I was thinking that smoking affects the highest amount of people in addition to the smoker. The effects are harmful to the earth and others. Cigarettes also seem like they would be easier to regulate than other habits like alcohol or food.

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