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Ban smoking in public

Everyone is well aware of the fact that smoking is seriously detrimental to one's health. As per the instruction of the World Health Organisation, the government has made it mandatory for all cigarette manufacturers to tag the warning sign which says that "smoking is detrimental to health" on cigarette packets.
Scientists are in consensus that smoking increases the risk of many acute diseases such as cancer, heart disease, liver damage and bronchitis. These diseases are very expensive to treat.
Even those around a smoker are susceptible to being harmed. In addition, for many non-smokers, it's an extremely discomforting experience to have someone smoking around - especially in public transport. Considering this, the government has banned smoking in public places.
However, due to the lack of enforcement, the rules are barely adhered to. We often find people smoking in public, causing discomfort to others. We cannot expect law enforcers alone to curb this practice wholly. Smokers themselves should realise how their conduct affects others and refrain from causing harm to non-smoking people, especially children.

Zillur Rahaman
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