Should Smoking Be Effective?

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Introduction One of the most contentious debates in the United States relates to the topic of smoking. Some argue that smoking has risen to the level of a public health crisis, and cite some very distributing statistics in order to support those claims. For example, the Centers for Disease Control (2015) estimates that 6 million Americans die each year from tobacco, and the direct medical costs associated with treating smokers tops 150 billion dollars annually. These facts have motivated many public policy makers to consider new ways to deter Americans from smoking, including heavily taxing tobacco products, as well as considering an outright ban on smoking. This paper will argue that banning smoking would not be effective, and that continuing to tax tobacco products offers the most positive outcomes for all stakeholders. Arguments against a Smoking Ban For some, the default response to a public health crisis is to consider an immediate ban on the issue that is causing the crisis. The direct line from “smoking is bad” to “we should ban smoking” is an appealing choice to some who are concerned about smoking’s impact on American society. However, there the powerful arguments against instituting a complete smoking ban within the United States. These arguments can be neatly separated into pragmatic arguments as well as theoretical arguments. From a pragmatic perspective, a complete ban on smoking within the United States would be impossible to enforce. For evidence of this,
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