I completely agree that cigarette should be banned in society because it has many negative effects.
First, cigarette affects badly on health. It causes different types of cancer, such as lung, colon, and liver cancer. Also, it causes many heart diseases.For example, two years ago,my dad died of lung cancer. He suffered alot before he died. He was not able to breathe. According to New York Times, 70% of people who died of lung cancer were smoking.
Even though cigarettes are dangerous for a persons health. We live in a country where you are supposed to have the highest amount of personal freedom. Cigarettes might be damaging to ones health in the long run, but as an adult this person should have the ability to decide what they consume and take into their own body as long as it does not harm another person.
Second, cigarette helps increasing crimes in society. Cigarette contains nicotine, which is addictive substance. People would try to do anything to get cigarette. They may steal or kill someone to get money, so they can buy cigarette. Also, children like to imitate adults. When children see adults smoke, children would try to get cigarette by any way to smoke. These will raise crimes in society. A recent survey revealed that 99% of criminals smoke cigarette.
There are already laws being enforced that prevent children from obtaining cigarettes. You have to be 21 and older to even consider buying it from a store. There are also lots of products that our children should not be able to get their hands on that adults of a legal age are allowed to indulge in, but does that mean we should ban cigarettes just because we do not want it in the hands of our children like many other products on the market today that are only for adult usage only. Banning the product will not stop the consumption of tobacco products. It will only force it to go underground and away from government regulation and taxation.
Lastly, cigarette has negative impact on economy. Because people are unhealthy, they take many days off of their work. They do not go to their work because they do not feel well. As a result, the productivity will decrease, and the economy will suffer. Also, governments or companies will spend a lot of money on health insurances to treat workers. Also, people who are smokers prefer to spend money on cigarette although it is very expensive. Consequently, people do not have money to spend on food. All of these influences dramatically on economy
Even though the pro argument can list all these negative things about why cigarettes should be banned and some of them may have a point, but It will always come down to should I as an adult be able to make an adult choice and decide my fate as a free person. Should we as a nation willingly send a regulated product unground and create an additional criminal element pushing this product in our society like we have done in the past. This countries history of prohibition has never been successful. In fact it has been more harmful than positive and the same if not more usage of the prohibited product continued being purchased unregulated. If we ban cigarettes based on what we individually think is morally right or wrong and disregard a persons freedom to choose what they should do with their own body as long as its not harming another person then to what end does this banning continue? What will be banned next to protect us from ourselves?