Health: Smoking in public places is among the contentious issues in most towns globally. When discussing whether smoking in public places should be banned, there exist stronger reasons supporting the motion than there are against it. At the top of the list, health concerns are the most obvious reason for banning smoking in public places. Active smokers consume only 25% of the content while the rest is involuntarily consumed by passive smokers (Jones et al., 2015). This means that health risks associated with the smoking increase due to smoking in public. In as much as public spaces should be available to anyone for any use, the health of the society is deeply jeopardized by the habit of smoking in public.
Another reason for banning smoking in public is the improper disposal of cigarette blunts in the environment. In several cases, fire accidents have resulted from recklessness disposal of the cigars leading to uncontainable fires. The fire accidents not only damage property but they also scar the environment leaving it ugly. Still on the environmental concern, smoking in public leaving the lingering smoke in areas that are meant to be conducive for use to everyone (Emont et al., 2017). Banning smoking in public places, therefore, goes a long way in creating clean workplaces, conducive resting places, and social places as should be.
The effects of smoking in public places are much more significant than the health and environmental concerns. There is a long-term price to pay from this because of the influence that young generations are exposed to causing them to try the smoked substances. Besides this, heavy financial costs incurred in treating the disease are detrimental to economic growth and even households. In consideration of these reasons, smoking in public places should be banned.
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Jones, A. M., Laporte, A., Rice, N., & Zucchelli, E. (2015). Do public smoking bans have an impact on active smoking? Evidence from the UK. Health economics, 24(2), 175-192.