Example Of Essay On Tobacco
Tobacco is one of the oldest narcotic substances that have been used over the years (York & Prevost, 2012). However, there have been sustained campaigns by health organizations highlighting the negative effects of the substance on public health. Indeed, the health effects of tobacco have been well-documented. Smoking mothers end up giving birth to underweight children while there are thousands of adults who are suffering from different lung and mouth diseases as a result of smoking (Warner, 2006). Worse of all are those who have forcefully been made passive smokers. They inhale the smoke that has been puffed out by primary smokers. This in itself is said to be worse than being a primary smoker. There are, therefore, policies that should be put in place to mitigate the possibilities of people becoming unwilling smokers (York & Prevost, 2012).
One of the policies that will ensure that the general public is not turned into unwilling smokers is to restrict smoking to specific smoking zones (Tobacco Policy Center, 2015). This would imply that no one smokes even in their private homes in the presence of family members. Having people smoke in public not only makes the general public passive smokers but also influences young people into smoking as they see it as a cool thing to do.
Another policy regarding tobacco should focus on advertisement. Tobacco products should not be advertised in the media. Advertising influences young smokers who become curious about the products being advertised and opt to taste them. As much as tobacco is a legal substance controlling its consumption through banning of advertisements will ensure that there are few new users (Betobaccofree.hhs.gov, 2015). It will also reduce government’s expenditure on treating tobacco related diseases.
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