Smoking should be banned everywhere!
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I fail to understand why people (many young teenagers) even start smoking in the first place. Is it due to lack of support from schools etc or just ignorance on the person's behalf?
"First hand" Smoking causes a whole range of cancers and other life threatening diseases and unfortunately many simply aren't aware of this or are willing to sacrifice their healthy lives for a quick puff of a cigarette.
Many young children are also at risk from "second hand" smoking from parents who puff out smoke in their household and cars, severely damaging children's lungs and preventing oxygen from passing in the blood stream consequently resulting in diseased (and in some cases) physically under developed children.
These are only a few of the problems linked to smoking, but I assure you, smoking claims more lives than you imagine!
My opponent's first post revolved around the fact that smoking ostensibly causes preventable deaths, and that the government would be saving lives if they abolish it. However, he fails to understand the fact that it is not the government's place to tell us whether or not to smoke. To put this into perspective, allow me to bring up a similar case: obesity. As of 2013, obesity causes one in five deaths annually (which, incidentally, is the same figure for smoking deaths), and by my opponent's logic, the government should take deterrent measures to preclude such deaths  .
My opponent might as well be proposing a ban junk food! A roughly equal number of people die each year from obesity compared to smoking, so by Pro's logic it is reasonable to take down every McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell around to prevent deaths.
We are a free people who possess the liberty to partake in whatever actions we deem appropriate, and to ban what some consider a guilty pleasure would break this fundamental law of our government. Americans have the right to decide their actions. We are not dogs, to have our food filtered out by our ostensible masters, the government. We are free men and women with the right to decide our actions, despite their possible detriments. Just like junk food, smoking is only harmful in large amounts, and it is the individual who chooses to ruin his or her life.
Moving on, outlawing smoking would result in fewer jobs. Currently one hundred million people work for tobacco companies , and of those one hundred million, ALL would lose their jobs if the Pro's proposition were to go through. Unemployment would subsequently increase, and the economy would be harmed overall.
Lastly, outlawing smoking would not necessarily wipe out all of the deaths from smoking. Just because smoking would be officially banned does not mean that said ban would actually be put into practice. What happens to the people who actually like smoking too much to stop and engage in the now-illicit act? Should they go to jail, simply for doing something that they enjoy? A great number of people smoke, and it is entirely possible that a large portion of them would become criminals if the proposition is enacted.
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