IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 1125 - Many people say smoking should be banned
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IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Many people say smoking should be banned and some say it is not a good idea. What is your opinion on this?
Use your own experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant experiences.
You should write at least 250 words.
Sample Answer 1: (Public smoking should be prohibited but complete ban on smoking should be made slowly and with proper planning.)
Banning smoking is a controversial issue as many people strongly support this ban while others disagree with it. It has been around for centuries and in many countries public smoking is prohibited and against the law while it is open in many other countries. There are discussions and arguments whether smoking should be banned completely or not.
First of all, smoking is detrimental to health. It causes lung cancer which ultimately leads to death. It might take long time to show symptoms but it always happens. Secondly, it is a waste of money as smokers spend a lot of money on cigarette. Addiction to smoking leads to addiction to marijuana, yaba etc. Eventually, the addicted people get involved in different types of crimes. They start collecting money by stealing, lying and robbing and the severity of the crime keeps on increasing. Moreover, smoking not only harm the smoker but also people around them. Recent studies on smoking suggest that passive smoking is as harmful as active smoking.
On the contrary, tobacco industry is the source of huge tax for government. Government makes best utilization of the tax money by building schools, mosques, overhaul streets etc. Thousands of people work in cigarette related industries and this creates a huge job opportunities. If smoking is banned completely, these people will become unemployed. Another vague benefit of smoking is that smokers believe smoking refreshes their minds and relieves them from tension and stress, though it has not been scientifically proved. Some people think that banning smoking is like imposing restriction on people's freedom and they completely oppose the idea of imposing restrictions on smoking.
Up to this point of view, we see that there are opinions for and against the banning of smoking. I believe, government should think rationally and wisely before they make any decision about prohibiting smoking. Personally I believe that public smoking should be prohibited and any violation of this rule should be penalized but complete ban on smoking should be made slowly and with proper planning.
[Written by - Ruhit Sharma]
Sample Answer 2: (Agreement with stating an alternative plan)
People have different opinions about imposing restriction on smoking as some people believe that smoking should be totally banned while others disagree with it. The following essay will discuss about both opinions in details followed by my own opinion and a rational conclusion.
On the one hand, it is understandable if several people dislike the controversial idea that smoking should be banned in all places. Firstly, they believe that everybody have their own right in doing things they like. Smoking is a preference and It is up to the individual themselves whether they would like to smoke or not. Secondly, prohibiting smoking will also affect the economic condition as cigarette factories absorb so many employments. If smoking is totally banned then many of the factories will be closed and will result a high unemployment rate. Finally, the high amount of tax the government collects from the tobacco industries will no longer be available as well.
On the other hand, it is a fact that smoking has many negative effects for the smokers themselves. Based on the researches of some experts, smoking has become the main trigger to some serious diseases, such as lung cancer and heart attack. Besides that, smoking would also have a serious threat for the passive smokers. People who do not smoke but inhale the smoke of active smokers will also have a risk of lung cancer as well. Therefore, many people think that smoking should be totally banned, as it could have a serious effect to both the active and passive smokers.
In my opinion, I personally support the idea that smoking should be totally banned in all places because smoking is dangerous for our health. But before executing the idea, the government must have an alternative plan for the employees of the cigarettes factories because they might be unemployed. The government could expand and developed a new industry therefore these employees could be allocated to the new area.
[Written by - Darwin Lesmana ]