Smoking Ban Essay

1114 words - 5 pages

Discursive Essay

According to the Public Health Minister Caroline Flint, “Someone who starts smoking aged 15 is three times more likely to die of cancer due to smoking than someone who starts in their late 20s”. This shows how important the topic which I am undertaking is because if the Government tackles this issue correctly, millions of lives could be saved. In this essay I am going to tackle the question ‘should the age limit for smoking be raised to 18?’ I am going to look at various opinions and figures, weigh up both sides of the argument and come to an overall conclusion on the topic. My opinion is mixed, but I do think the smoking age limit should be raised due to various ...view middle of the document...

According to www.cancer.org “smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States” and it also states that it is the most common cause of death in the country. This means that smoking kills more people in the U.S.A than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents and homicide. In my opinion this proves how dangerous smoking cigarettes is and that it is more harmful than drinking alcohol, yet the age limit for smoking is lower than the one for alcohol. This must be changed.

The final reason for my view would be that at the age of 16 many people still haven’t matured fully. The age of 18 is widely known as the age when a child turns into an adult. However at the age of 16 adolescents are sometimes unable to make big decisions and often cave in to peer pressure. They are still growing and hormones may kick in and often they don’t see past the present and take responsibility for their actions. According to www.mja.com at this stage in life they also don’t have the “insights that life experiences contributes to personal-risk assessment”. If the age limit was raised to 18 then most people would have a greater maturity level, know the facts and be able to make a decision on whether to smoke or not, which is educated and less imposed by friends.
On the other side of the argument one might say that if the age limit was changed it would be impossible for the government to enforce this law. This would be because at the moment there are a lot of people under 18 who are smoking. Cigarettes contain nicotine in them and this means that they are addictive. If this law was enforced the Government can’t simply tell under 18’s to stop smoking so suddenly because it would be impossible for some to give up. To successfully bring in such a legislation, the Government could let everyone 16 or over smoke until they reached the 18 year old legal age. This would be...

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