Robin McKie believes that smoking is not only harmful to the individual person, but to the society as a whole. His main arguments are quotes and data from medical reports that suggest smoking can cause heart attacks, several forms of cancer, breathing difficulties and a generally more feeble health.
Though the situation for the smokers and those in their proximity seems quite dire, there are precautions capable of remedying the problems caused by smoking. For example; Mandatory indoor smoking restrictions seem to be quite effective in this regard. A medical rapport from Helena, a city in the U.S. state of Montana, claimed that a six month smoking ban decreased the rate of heart attacks by approximately forty per cent. And then there are the non-smokers. A smoke ban will also benefit them, since they will no longer inhale the smoke that the smokers release in the air. This should minimize the non-smokers risk of developing cancer and other diseases.
A.N. Wilson believes that smoking is an essential part of the English culture and thus should not be banned. Wilson also states that smoking boosts your creativity or at the very least sets your mood right. It is claimed that smoking may have helped all of England’s greatest writers towards their personal golden ages, and that sitting with a cigar or pipe truly improved their writing abilities. Wilson uses this as an argument, because in the mid fifteenth century, where cigars were introduced in England, all the great literature suddenly appeared. My personal belief in this case is that the strict censorship of the Catholic Church was undone in the wake of the church’s retreat from England at around the same time. Writers, authors and mathematicians now had at least a little more freedom to do their work.
Wilson also states that it is not fair to introduce smoking restrictions in a free, democratic country like England. That it is a limitation of the freedom of the individual to act as he or she wants to. Ultimately, Wilson`s conclusion is that in the wake of this event, the literature of England will suffer or even end, because of the smoking ban. Now the authors can no longer have a gathering at a public place and talk things over while having themselves a smoke and thus they can no longer inspire each other. One wonders whether Wilson is being sarcastic or serious, but I cannot find anything suggesting the presence of sarcasm.
Simon Jenkins is not a smoker himself and actually thinks that smokers are annoying. Yet, he believes smokers are not that much of a problem, since they can be avoided. Jenkins also states that while smoking may be annoying (and dangerous!) there are so many other irritating things in life such as rude teenagers, polluting traffic and indecent parents, but they will not be greeted with a law against them.
The government is also paradoxical because it strives to vacuum clean the country for drugs, yet its own prisons are filled with it. And the alcohol industry has...