IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 1125 - Many people say smoking should be banned

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 ]

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These days 'laws & policy' against tobacco products is one of the highly controversial issues. Some people of the society support tobacco use while others oppose the idea. This, naturally, leads us to the question- 'should the tobacco product be banned or freely available to the public without any restriction?' One of the most prominent drawbacks of tobacco is the dangerous diseases it causes. Dried leaves of tobacco plants contain a mixture of aerosol particles and gasses. These active substances are breathed inside the lung and absorbed in the human body's bloodstream by smokers - both active and passive smokers. This deadly health hazard will cause lung cancer, heart attacks, COPD, erectile dysfunction, and birth defects. Evidently, drugs such as cannabis, cigarette and opium have long-term effects on human bodies. On the other hand, the government earns a great deal of money from the tobacco business. High taxes on tobacco products are paid by corporations who manufacture these round cylinders. Thre majority of this income is often spent in building schools, library, hospital, public transport etc. Furthermore, the government spends these taxes to fight against using drugs itself. Those who protest the banning of tobacco often argue that prohibiting of smoking is like taking away freedom from people. In conclusion, although tobacco is a deadly health hazard, charging high taxes and using them for fighting against other dangerous diseases and drugs could be an effective step. Therefore, I believe taxing tobacco product for recreational use would be the appropriate choice for government and it will not restrict people's freedom and choices.