According to the latest statistics, nearly half of Vietnamese grown-ups smoke cigarettes permanently, and thousands of them die of the diseases relating to smoking every year.
Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. It also causes stomachache, heart diseases and mental troubles. The harm of smoking does not only happen to the smoker himself, it also endangers those who breathe in cigarette smoke. The children whose parents smoke a great deal may become less intelligent and physically handicapped.
Because of its dangers, our government has banned smoking in public places such as schools, theatres, hospitals and public building. High taxes are also levied on the consumption of cigarette. Large propaganda against smoking have been carried out in mass media. Unfortunately, the number of people who are addicted to smoking has not decreased so far!
I think it is time to ban smoking thoroughly for the sake of our future generations.