Should Cigarettes Be Banned

Editorial Good Morning Kashmir

Smoking is a public health hazard whether it is passive or done directly. Apart from premature aging, it causes damage to lungs and other internal organs in the form of cancer and other diseases. Due to it, every year, 50000-100000 people die in the world. Cigarette smoking causes 87% percent of lung cancer. It contains over 4800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer some of which include benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, acetone arsenic, butane, lead and naphthalene. On top of the horrid health risks that are involved with smoking cigarettes the cost of being a smoker is pretty hefty. Apart from paying for the expensive packs, the insurance bill of a smoker will cost more than that of a non-smoker. Moreover, a person who smokes will suffer with high blood pressure and lead him to consult a doctor frequently, thereby increasing his expenses. Researchers have found that cigarette manufacture was 0.2 percent of the global total of carbon emissions with 84 million megatons being released from cultivating green tobacco, the raw ingredient in cigarettes. The cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization.


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Most of the richer countries of the globe however, are making progress in reducing both smoking rates and overall consumption. Many different methods have been proposed to steepen this downward slope including increased taxation, bans on advertising, promotion of cessation and expansion of smoke free spaces including enactment of local and national bans on sale of cigarettes. Abolishing cigarettes will not only mitigate public suffering but also, result in savings in the healthcare costs, increased labor productivity, lessened harm from fires, reduced consumption of scarce physical resources and a smaller carbon footprint. It would also put a halt to one of the principal sources of corruption in modern civilization and be a potent agent in eliminating one of the historical forces behind global warming denial and environmental obfuscation. The primary and biggest reason for abolition can be the fact itself that the smokers themselves dislike their habit of smoking . Death and product defects are the other reasons to abolish the sale of cigarettes. Also, the cigarette industry is a powerful corrupting force in human civilization.

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