Smoking ban in public helps protect the future generation

March 9, 2014

Many countries across the world have introduced a ban on smoking in public places from lighting up in bars to hotels is outlawed. There are already restrictions in place in restaurants and shopping centres. According to research, for a person working in a drinking den or bar for eight hours, that’s the equivalent to smoking half a packet of cigarettes but few bothers to care about their future health. Other countries have taken the lead and gone an extra mile in issuing province-wide bans that prohibit smoking in almost all indoor public places and workplaces including railway stations, trains, lavatories and offices. After years of pressure from the most defiant smokers have now realized they are losing the hard war against anti-smoking campaigners and it is by no means a clear indication that globally people are be able to defeat the gigantic tobacco industry.

However, a good number of young people are picking up this deadly habit in developing countries and there is need to discourage them from smoking. Statistics shows that the cigarette market for adult men in Africa has been flat and the marketers in the industry are targeting women and children as their new regular customers with South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria the worst affected countries. Smoking of cigarettes or hard drugs addiction have become one of the biggest threats to Africa’s present and future generations. A new study conducted by the an international health organization found that 40% of African boys aged between 14 and 19 years, and 9% percent of girls in that age group, were active smokers. The continued growth of young smokers makes the future generation to regress and plants a seed of failure and incompetency in a country. The continent just like Latin American statistics shows risk losing millions of youth to cigarette and drug addiction if no drastic measures are taken immediately to tackle the spreading problem. There is need for government and legislators to join the fight against tobacco addiction, especially among young population.

Contador Harrison