Should Canada ban Tabacco use?
by taylormcclure on February 16, 2015 - 1:34pm
The article “Government of Canada Takes Action to Protect Youth from the Dangers of Tobacco Use” written in Targeted News Service, discusses the restrictions that the Minister of Health is putting on flavoured tobacco products used by youth. Canada was the first country in the world to action on “flavoured additives” that contributed to the making of cigarettes by banning them in 2010 (Government 3). Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada. It kills around 37,000 people per year. Canada also spend 4.4 billion dollars per year for health care dealing with smoking and other tobacco use(Government 3). Rona Ambrose, who is the Minister of Health, wants to ban smoking all together especially for the youth. According to the article “Canada Steps Up in Smoking Measures” written by Mark Clayton, Canada is knows as one of the toughest anti-smoking nations on earth. Canada has not only clamped down on restrictions for the use of tobacco but it has also banned cigarette advertising. The Canadian Lung Association also lends it's knowledge to understand why Canada has been so strict on the use of tobacco and smoking. According to the Canadian Lung Association, the 37,000 Canadians who die per year make up more deaths than AIDS, traffic accidents, suicide, murder, fires and accidental poisoning combined (Smoking 1). Also, even if kids don't smoke but are exposed to second hand smoke, they can still develop tobacco related diseases since second hand smoke releases the same amount of chemicals as directly smoking but in greater quantity (Smoking 1). So the question is, instead of putting all these restrictions and spending tons of money each year in health care, should Canada ban tobacco use all together?
In my opinion and it should be banned across the country. Not only is it bad for your health but it is also bad for the people around you. Putting someones life in danger for your satisfaction isn't worth it. If I were a smoking parent and I saw these statistics on smoking and second-hand smoking I would re-evaluate myself. Your childrens lives should be a priority and should not be put at risk. As Mark Clayton discusses in his article, if Canada is taking this many measures to reduce the use of tabaco, there has to be a good reason behind it. If banning tabaco reduces the amount of deaths that occur each year in Canada why not take it into consideration? We have made marijuana illegal yet cigarettes have been proven to cause more deather per year and have more of a negative impact on your health. From a utilitarian persepctive I would argue that banning cigarettes would benefit everyone concerned in this situation. If it's saving thousand of lives per year then of course it's benefiting postivily for the country but not only for the country, for the lives of those who are smoking but haven't been given a good enough reason to stop yet. Now I know many people my disagree with me on this as it is an issue that has been commonly discuess for years. An egoist might say I don't care if this hurts everyone around me I like it, it makes me happy, so I should be able to continue doing it. I would respect that because if it creates happiness for the individual, who should have the right to take that away. But if I were to argue, I would ask them this: Would you still be happy, would it all still be worth it if you found out you were the reason for your child, your family member, or your friend's lung cancer?
"Government of Canada Takes Action to Protect Youth from the Dangers of Tobacco use." Targeted News Service Sep 29 2014. ProQuest. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.
Clayton, Mark. "Canada steps up anti-smoking measures."Christian Science Monitor 17 Aug. 1995: 7. Academic Search Premier. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.
Canadian Children's Right Council. CCRC. CCRC, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. http://www.canadiancrc.com/Smoking.aspx