Should smoking be completely banned?
According to a new study, seven million deaths were caused by tobacco use last year.
The study is coordinated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Seattle, and involves more than 2,500 collaborators from across more than 130 countries and territories.
The study made findings on life expectancy and causes of death.
Tobacco was responsible for more than 7.1 million deaths. Poor diets were associated with nearly 1 in 5 (18.8%) of all deaths. In particular, diets low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, fish oils and high in salt were the most common dietary risk factors.
The first comment on the story suggested making smoking illegal. It said:
Give us a couple of years’ notice and make smoking illegal. Short term loss of revenue; long-term gains for health service. Be the first country in the world to make a stand.
The government are doing their best to stop people smoking. We can argue about whether or not smoking causes the deaths of people or if it is just correlation but many medical professionals will tell us that it is the main cause of many illnesses and that people should stop smoking as soon as they can.
If there was any other substance causing the death of 7 million people a year – wouldn’t it be banned already?
Do you think banning smoking would be a good idea?