In Australia, should smoking in public places be prohibited?
There is a huge controversy all over the world, on whether smoking should be completely prohibited in all public areas such as streets, which means that it would be against the law regardless of the location one smokes. Public places are areas which belong to the citizens in general. As public places are shared by citizens, I personally believe that smoking should be banned in public places in Australia. There are three reasons to support: non-smokers have rights to choose not to be secondhand smokers; smoking causes severe pollution problems; prohibiting smoking in public places could make Australia a healthier country.
Smoking produces poisonous toxins, often known as second-hand smoke, which is equally or even more dangerous than to first-hand smoke. It is often said by smokers that they have the right to smoke, thus it is not fair to prohibit smoking. Smoking is undoubtedly legal and a right of smokers, though enforcing others to inhale harmful gas is a violation of the inhalers’ right as well as a crime. Moreover, the reason behind the controversy of whether smoking should be prohibited in public places is based on the common conflict between smokers and non-smokers. In majority of the cases, smokers often affect non-smokers nearby, ignoring the non-smokers’ right not to be second-hand smokers. It could be concluded that smokers (in general) have excessively taken advantage of their own rights, violating non-smokers’ rights at the same time. It is widely believed that one has the right to do anything according to one’s free will, given that nobody else is affected in anyway. As smoking in public places has failed NOT to affect others, it should be prohibited.
As mentioned above, smoking produces poisonous gas which pollutes the environment in a great extent. Cigarettes contain more than 4000 ingredients including poison which is supposed to be used for pest control, meaning that the combustion of...