The Debate of a Ban on Smoking in All Public Places

The Debate of a Ban on Smoking in All Public Places
Most smokers believe that a ban on smoking in public places is just another ploy by the government to cut down the number of smokers in the UK. Even though this maybe the case on the increase of taxes, it is not for the same reason for the suggestion of the ban in public areas. Individuals in the UK all seem to have different views about this issue as many people know about the risks that excessive exposure to tobacco smoke can cause. This is mainly due to tobacco companies trying there hardest to hide the true effects of inhaling smoke, not only for smokers but for non-smokers too. What they do not inform you on is the fact that tobacco smoke contains four thousand different chemicals, some of which are highly toxic and are known to cause cancer in humans. (1 & 2) However, the government would not have such a big issue if all the chemicals were inhaled and ingested by the smoker, as it is a choice of their own free will. The amount smoke inhaled by the smoker is only around fifteen percent, whereas the rest of the eighty-five percent escapes into the atmosphere. (3) This smoke that is inhaled and exhaled by the smoker is called sidestream smoke and potentially it contains the highest amount of toxic chemicals
As these chemicals are released into the atmosphere, there is a high percentage that other individuals will inhale some of this sidestream smoke, which is called passive smoking. Many non-smokers do not know of the risk they are under through passive smoking as many individuals place themselves and their children in smoky confined areas that contain highly concentrated toxic chemicals. It has been scientifically proven that through passive smoking, circulatory and respiratory problems can occur in both adults and children. (4 & 5) Passive smoking is more dangerous in children and pregnant individuals as the child/foetus is still growing so their immune system is still relatively low so they are more vulnerable to infections due to the second-hand smoke. (6) This is proven by seventeen thousand children being admitted to hospital last year, suffering from symptoms related with inhaling smoke. (7) Therefore passive smoking is a main concern that the government is facing, due to the medical implications. The British Medical Association, estimated at least one thousand deaths per year in the UK. (8) However, in articles on this matter the true figure is believed to be much higher, for example, Professor Jamrozik, of the Imperial College of London, estimated that passive smoking causes three thousand and six hundred deaths a year on illnesses such as lung cancer, heart disease and strokes, while from just the exposure to the second-hand smoke in the environment it is believed to cause seven hundred deaths per year. (9) So as the amount of individuals who begin smoking increases, so will the death rate of individuals who suffered from diseases related to smoking through no fault of there own. If a ban against smoking in public places were to be enforced then smokers would protest that it was against their free will as they are themselves putting themselves at risk, but they are unknowing to the affects it has on non-smokers. By saying this it means that every smoker has the right to smoke but for the individuals who do not smoke, they unfortunately have no right to prevent themselves from inhaling toxic chemicals that in the end could cause them to suffer from severe health problems. In 2002 the government set out proposals to ban smoking in most workplaces and public areas, as 2.2 million people in the UK were exposed to passive smoking in there places of work, but some exemptions were included for example pubs that did not serve food and private clubs. (10) However this would still not solve the answers to passive smoking, as the people working in the hospitality trade (e.g. barmaids, etc.) would still be under the same amount of risk, of suffering from a smoking related disease. For someone who actually smokes one cigarette a day, they have the same chance of suffering from a smoking related disease as someone working in the hospitality trade as they have an increased risk of thirty-four percent than of a smoker who has an increased risk of thirty-nine percent. (11) If the ban does come into force then as a result we may see a decrease in the amount of new smokers and some smokers may even decide to quit as a result. However this may even change to the fact that many smokers might not socialise as a result, meaning there social group will also decide to stop in a place that allows them to feed their habit, which initially means they will stop at home, due to the ban inflicted on them. After all cigarettes contain the highly addictive drug, nicotine, it would be extremely difficult for any smoker to quit, so I believe as a result there would be less sociable smokers, meaning that many people would feel like social outcasts and no longer feel comfortable in peoples company. (12) However in some places in the UK this has been accomplished but the smokers within that certain area feel socially unacceptable and isolated. Due to the tax on cigarettes it allows for the UK to pay for the National Health Service (nhs) without this amount of money being brought into the UK, then peoples tax will definitely see an increase to try to fund the governments expenditures and the nhs would have to be paid for through our own money. For the smokers who are knowledgeable about the dangers they are inflicting on other people, do not mind the ban of smoking in all public areas, as a public opinion survey was produced by the government, stating that eighty-six percent of respondents (including seventy percent being smokers) agreed that smoking should be restricted in public areas. By the evidence created in my report it is proven that passive smoking has a serious health impact on non-smokers, so I believe that smokers do not have the right to endanger individuals through there right of smoking. The government has yet called the drug nicotine illegal, as it is still legal to buy in the UK. However if there is still an increase of smokers and the ban on smoking in public places is still yet to be enforced over time I believe that there will be a legislation declaring the ban of all types of smoking, due to the effect it has on people?s health and their surroundings.

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