Should Smoking Be banned From Public Places?

Traditionally, smoking was used for ritualistic and/ or medicinal purposes. Presently, smoking is mainly used within a social context to make an individual, political and/or stylistic statement. Ironically, smoking increase risk of lung cancer both within

smokers and non-smokers. As smoking is hazardous to both the physical and emotional health of an individual therefore it should be banned from public places.

Initially, an individual is deterrent to smoke within certain public institutions. However, most smokers choose not to acknowledge such laws, which may increase the risk for heart diseases and heart attacks both within smokers and non-smokers. Smoke cigars contain very fine particulates that are absorbed by the blood stream, which reduce the blood’s ability to carry oxygen resulting in a slight stroke and probably a heart attack. Through suffering a heart attack or stroke an individual may no longer able to make a valuable contribution to society, as the sense of speech, hearing or touch becomes impaired. Moreover, through both smoking and second hand smoking the physical appearance of one’s self becomes deteriorated. To elucidate, the teeth become discolored as they turn to yellow or in some cases black. Through smoking one is at risk of gaining too little, too much or no weight, which increases the risk of illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. The development of various cancers such as lung, kidneys and pancreas are increased when individual smokes within a public area, as individual tend to inhale smoke from cigar. This further allows for an increase within the unemployment rates and non-productivity of a society. Thus, through the increase risk of heart attacks, physical deterioration and cancer of non-smoker, smoking should be banned within public places.

Equally important the banning of smoking in public places; a smoker maybe capitulated to quit, as he or she will have to resist urges to smoke while within a public institution. A smoker will be encouraged to quit if a ban be put on smoking publicly, through knowing that certain sanctions will be placed against him/her; such sanctions may include community service, jail time, fines and criminal record. Should smoking be banned within public places this may lessen the cases of infant morality and death in general. A survey conducted shows that “prenatal morbidity (admission to the Department of Neonatology) was higher in the smoking group (11.4%)” (Ahlsten, Gnattingius, Lindmark, Cessation of smoking during pregnancy improves foetal growth and reduces infant morbidity in the neonatal period. A population-based prospective study). Moreover, banning smoking within public area may limit the violation of non-smoker’s rights, which may decrease diseases such as lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CODEP). The violation of non-smoker rights may also be amendable to accommodate individuals who smoke, as a wider array designated smoke areas and lounges may be developed to further protect those who do not smoke. Thus, laws should be implemented in order to ban smoking within public places as the general aspects of society will be become relatively better.
Should smoking be banned, there’ll be several positives changes and improvements within the economic system. For example, finances used for the production and consumption of cigars could be used within the education and tourism sectors, as both play a vital role in the development of a country such as Jamaica. The finances used for the production of cigar could go towards an increase in health care for persons who have been affected emotionally and physically from both direct and second hand smoking. For example, coherent counseling sections/ centers could be implemented to help individuals who have lost a family member due to smoking and/or second-hand smoking. Victims of illnesses due to smoking or second-hand smoking could also benefit from such facilities. Smoke ban within public places could help in improvement of one’s physical and mental health, as various campaigns and commercials could be launched by those who have been affected through direct or second-hand smoking, depicting the ephemeral effects of smoking and smoke inhalation. Should smoking be banned; the general aspects within a society will improve immensely.

Smoking creates an unhealthy environment; therefore, it should be banned in public institutions. Smoking creates a dogmatic atmosphere, which may aggravate individual chances of developing various cancers and respiratory infection. Banning smoking within public institutions will allow for greater life expectances and chances within a particular society.