You have listened to a radio programme about the impact of smoking on people’s health. Now, your English teacher has asked you to write an essay. Write an essay using all the notes and give reasons for your point of view.
Smoking is responsible for many health problems throughout the world. Do you think it should be made illegal?
- lung cancer
- passive smoking
- your own idea
Write your answer in 140-190 words in an appropriate style
It is often argued that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide and a major risk for a number of health problems but should it be illegalised?
There is no denying that smoking causes lung cancer. Moreover, the chemicals in a cigarette can also attack other organs such as the oesophagus or the larynx when they enter our blood stream. However, many smokers who are aware of this fact do not give up smoking.
It could be argued that, while smokers may be free to harm their own health, there is no justification for their actions if these affect others. Such is the case of passive smoking and, on these grounds, smoking should be forbidden.
Though it is reasonable to ban smoking from public spaces like restaurants, it is not equally reasonable to completely illegalise it. Educating people about the risks that smoking entails is a better way of addressing the issue.
To conclude, I would say that paternalist solutions such as making smoking illegal are hardly the best approach. Educating people in healthy habits is a wiser measure as far as I am concerned.
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