Have cigarette bans made a difference?

Has the ban on the advertisement of cigarettes really reduced the amount of people who smoke in South Africa? According to research countries that have banned tobacco adverts and promotion showed a significant 7% in reduction in tobacco consumption.

It also showed that 78% of teenagers between the age of 13-15 begin experimenting with tobacco or are exposed to it. By 2030, the world health organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco will kill more than 8 million people a year. With four out of five of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries like South Africa.

Even so, South Africa is one of the counties to ban smoking in public area’s from 2000 under the tobacco products control amendment act. But despite these efforts to decrease smokers, millions of people still smoke. Furthermore research found that tobacco butts are the most littered in the world. If people ended smoking  it would not only have health benefits but stop harming our environment. So girls who ever said smoking made you cool, lied!

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