Sample Psychology Paper on Cigarette Smoking and Policy

Globally, governments have laid forth various measures towards ensuring public health safety. These have strategically inspired the realization of social change through individualized efforts. Such efforts include deterrence campaigns, public awareness campaigns, and policy formulation, among others (Institute of Medicine Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events 48). Policy formulation has had quite an impact on the realization of a healthier society by discouraging smoking.

Through the establishment of designated smoking zones within cities, there has been a massive reduction in secondary smoking by over 55%. Such has seen the commensurate reduction in the rates of occurrence of pathologies consistent with cigarette smoking by 50% (Kazutetsu, Jun and Atsushi, 1398). Other initiatives include restriction of commercial advertisements on products detrimental to health, which has lessened their appeal hence a reduction in the number of users in society. Additionally, the gazettement of law regulating the manner of display of health risks associated with the use of products, especially cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, which are detrimental to health, has made users more cautious of the consumption of such products.

Health industry players appreciate the tenacity of smoking on patients. Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. Various pathologies are associated with the consumption of cigarettes, including lung cancer and cancers affecting other parts of the body like the cervix, mouth, skin, liver larynx, and bladder (Shephard, Collins, and Silverman 394). The prevalence of complications relating to cigarette smoking has increased exponentially in recent times due to its recreational use together with other substances.

Countering the recreational smoking of cigarettes in public has been a work in progress. Total and partial bans have been imposed to protect nonsmokers from exposure to the toxicity of such drugs. Under the stewardship of the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, policies have been formulated and implemented banning in totality the smoking of cigarettes in the workplace and public areas in over 30 states. To further arrest the cigarette smoking scourge, I propose the total ban of smoking during day time hours to further deter indulgence in the practice. Such a practicum would go a long way in the total alienation of cigarette use in society, thus reducing the health burden associated with its use.




Works Cited

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Kazutetsu, Oshiba., Jun,Tamaoki., and Atsushi, Nagai. Acute cigarette smoke exposure induces apoptosis of alveolar macrophages. American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. 281 (6281 (6), L1392-L1401, 2001

Roy, Shephard., R, Collins, F, Silverman.”Passive” exposure of asthmatic subjects to cigarette smoke. Journal of Environmental research. 20 (2), 392-402,1979.