The issue of controversy in the two essays is on banning of smoking and whether
smokers have any real threat to the comfort and health of the public, mainly the non-smokers.
My opinion for the two essays is that smoking should be banned since it has negative social
effects which outweigh its benefits. Smoking of tobacco has been lawful in many states in
America for several decades, and also the rest of the world is lenient on laws that should prohibit
smoking. However, in some states and countries, smoking in public places is unlawful, and one
can serve a jail term for doing that. There has been a heated debate on the controversies
surrounding the legality of smoking due to the health implications it has been having on smokers
as well as nonsmokers. The paper shall address both arguments supporting and opposing
smoking and give an opinion on the course of action to be implemented.
The Argument against Banning Smoking Essay 1
Identify the Reason
The debate on whether or not smoking in public should be outlawed by the government
has created a lot of controversies with different groups coming up with different points of view
on the issue. Health risks for smokers as well as the nonsmokers were among the major points
that have been raised by those supporting the ban.
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Justification of the Argument
However, those advocating for the ban fail to acknowledge that the government has made
measures by creating smoking zones in public places and institutions which are designated far
from the general public and those who visit such places are smokers only, and therefore, no harm
to nonsmokers (Roszkowski, Neubauer & Zelikovsky, 2014).
If a nonsmoker enters the smoking designated areas, they have no one to blame but
themselves. Employees have been found to smoke to relieve stress, thus lowering the anxiety that
could lead to mental illness.
The essay assumes that banning smoking will help risk associated with the act, however
the fact that the chronic smokers are addicts’ immediate ban would deteriorate their health,
programs should be set for what next after banning smoking.
Arguments for Banning Smoking Essay 2
According to studies, the risk of fatal and nonfatal coronary heart disease is increased by
almost 30% by passive smoking (Notara et al., 2015). Passive smoking happens at home and in
Justification of Argument
The main argument raised by those against public smoking is that the smoke spreads.
Having smoking zones is not the solution; the smoke will be carried by wind and affect people
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who are not in the vicinity. Therefore, the smoking zones are not as effective as people are made
The public is put into great risk by this smoke. Those with respiratory disease can be
made to worsen by the smoke. Their intention is to push for a smoke-free environment in the
United States since it is known that smoking though not to a larger extent, can also lead to taking
of alcohol or abuse of the substance.
Everyone has a right not to be exposed to conditions that can jeopardize their health,
however giving some people their right might deny others their right too.
Comparison between the two arguments
The two essays advocate for the rights of the concerned group. The nonsmokers feel that
the smoke from cigarettes can put their health at risk and can easily develop respiratory disorders
as a result. On the other hand, smokers think that advocating for a total ban on smoking would be
an infringement to their rights as smokers. Smoking is not outlawed by the government;
therefore, they should be allowed to smoke as they wish. Besides, the government has initiated
designated smoking places, and those with health complications should not visit them. The tug of
war on smoking should not be there since smoking on some aspect helps reduce stress and
anxiety, especially in employees. Therefore, smoking has a positive effect which reduces the
chances of developing health issues.
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The Contrast between the Two Essays
Smoking, despite helping employees reduce stress and anxiety, also makes them
incompetent and less productive. Employees who are addicted to smokers of cigarettes hardly
concentrate on their work. They always look for the slightest opportunity to sneak from work so
that they can quench their urge for smoking. The smoke itself makes the workplace unpleasant
and uncomfortable for other employees (Xiong, Bruck & Ball, 2017). Risks of injuries by fire are
more likely in places with many smokers. After smoking, most smokers carelessly dispose of the
cigarette without taking into consideration where it lands. If a cigarette comes into contact with
flammable materials, the likelihood of a fire is high.
Smoking has had detrimental effects on society. It is associated with respiratory
conditions as well as lack of efficiency by the smokers. The main arguments for the banning of
smoking are that non-smokers are exposed to the fumes, which might affect their health and that
effects such as addiction may lead to inefficiency at work. Among the two essays, the essay on
the support of banning of smoking which is essay one had the strongest points. Construction of
designated smoking areas did not do much to solve the issues on smoking as the toxic smoke
would be carried by wind and still affect people in other regions.
Despite the reasons raised in support of smoking, it has adverse effects both to the
smoker and also the nonsmoker. Smoking leads to health implications, mostly affecting the
respiratory system. Setting designated smoking zones in public places and organizations does not
provide a permanent solution. Smoke will be carried by the wind, and those in far places will
eventually be affected. Smokers should be trained on how to smoke less with the intensions of
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quitting the habit since smoking has effects on the entire society, and the best way to stop this is
by willingly quitting smoking. Smokers, however, should be allowed to smoke but in places that
are not concentrated with people so that they cannot create discomfort in others. Smoking can be
reduced rather than being banned.
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Notara, V., Panagiotakos, D. B., Kouroupi, S., Stergiouli, I., Kogias, Y., Stravopodis, P., … &
Pitsavos, C. (2015). Smoking determines the 10-year (2004–2014) prognosis in patients
with Acute Coronary Syndrome: the GREECS observational study. Tobacco induced
diseases, 13(1), 38.
Roszkowski, M. J., Neubauer, L. B., & Zelikovsky, N. (2014). Perceived benefits of a designated
smoking area policy on a college campus: views of smokers and non-smokers. New York
Journal of Student Affairs, 14(1), 19-28.
Xiong, L., Bruck, D., & Ball, M. (2017). Unintentional residential fires caused by smoking-
related materials: Who is at risk? Fire Safety Journal, 90, 148-155.