Smoking

Some governments have banned smoking in all public places.

Smoking has been proved to be very dangerous to health. Nonetheless 40 % of the population smoke. Actually I am a non smoker, although I used to be a smoker when I was 17 years old.

Most people try out smoking when they are young ; many youths think smoking is a good grown-up habit. Furthermore many young people begin smoking as an act of rebellion and independence. Young smokers start smoking at their age of 12 or 13 just to get a taste of , what it is like. Some of them find it disgusting and unhealthy and some of them find it cool.

Fact’s and Figures

Tobacco use kills about 420, 000 smokers each year. According to recent studies 53.000 nonsmokers die each year from second-hand smoking. It is not surprising. Despite having plenty of anti-tobacco commercials on Television, and on every single pack of cigarettes there being an important note, chainsmokers can’t kick their bad habit. In Hungary a packet of cigarettes costs around 2 Euros. The average smoker buys a packet a day which comes to 730 Euros per year. Could you imagine , what you could do with all that money?

Government intervention in the workplace

Last month while I was reading the newspaper, I came across this article: „Smoking is not allowed in any public places anymore.” I found this ministerial decree, a very good decision, due to there being many smokers in my workplace. There is no assigned smoking area for them. As a consequence I have to breathe smoke although I don’t want to. Regardless of our country joining the EU last year, according to the European Union’s Office of Standards smoking places have not been introduced in many workplaces in Hungary. In my opinion they should introduce them at the earliest possible moment. I totally agree with the decision, that somebody wants to smoke the company must set up a smoking areas in the workplace. I don’t think it takes away some of their freedom, because they take my freedom in that i must breathe the cigarette smoke every day. Many people will agree that smoking is easy to start and hard to quit. By the way they don’t even think about whether they disturb non-smokers with their smoke. Personally this is the major problem with some smokers.

Disadvantages of smoking

As far as I am concerned, the main problem with smoking is that it causes lung and mouth cancer, and not just in smokers. I dislike yellow teeth or bad breath. From my point of view there are a large number of impressionable people who are easily influenced and might try to pick up their peers habits. As they want to be similar to them. In my opinion this is a foolish thing. I don’t want to be somebody else, and I don’t want to be suitable for somebody either. Hopefully in the future people are going to give smoking careful thought.

Concluison

I give the government’s enactment my full support, because I am a nonsmoker. In addition we non-smokers restricted by smokers, in that I had to suffer smoke where I didn’t want to. If I were in their shoes, I would put up with the consequences of having to leave my office, whenever I felt I needed some nicotine, although it is understandable , that nobody wants to go out and smoke a cigarette in minus 10 celsius. On the whole we can’t do anything against smoking . It is an addictive habit and you really need an iron will to stop it. In this hectic and misshapen world , the hasty, moneygrabbing and agitated person is always symbolised with a cigarette in his mouth.

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