IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 952 - Some businesses prohibit smoking in any of their offices

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some businesses prohibit smoking in any of their offices. Some governments have banned smoking in all public places.

Do you agree or disagree that this is the right course of action. Give reasons for your opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:

Smoking has been prohibited inside some companies whereas in few countries it has been totally banned in all the public places. It is agreed that this is an appropriate action because serious consequences of smoking in working areas and in public may lead to fire accidents and heath hazards to self and society.

A strong argument could be put forth that smoking should not be allowed in certain work environments. For instance if there is a lapse of security in a oil and natural gas company like Indian Oil Corporation, then it has to face the ramifications, since probability for fire accidents becomes higher. So the ban imposed is considered to be a right method not only to thwart the resources from being depleted but also to save the lives of the workers from such disaster.

Moreover, if smoking is banned in all public places of the country then obviously the overall health of the masses would be improved. Since it becomes a legal issue, if they disobey the rules, people might gradually become de-addicted. For illustration, my uncle decided not to smoke in public amenities like bus stops and railway stations instead of paying a huge amount of fine. Naturally, life threatening diseases like lung cancer and asthma could reduce and the number of passive smokers might also decline. Eventually the future citizens of the country are made healthier which would be reflected as their efficiency, productivity and enthusiasm thereby paving way for the country's development.

In a nut shell, banning smoking either in business sectors or all public places, both are undeniably a wise remedial act because the job environment is made safer and the people are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle which in turn contributes for the growth of the country. Though smokeless future seems to be skeptical but it could be made possible with joint efforts of all the individuals.

[ Written by - Nivetha ]

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