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IELTS Essay, topic: Smoking in public places

Some businesses prohibit smoking in any of their offices. Some governments have banned smoking in all public places. Do you agree or disagree that this is the right course of action? Give reasons for your opinion.

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Allow me to present the three positive sides of smoking. Firstly, smoking certainly helps many people to relax. For some, it even improves concentration. If someone is upset {tooltip}owing to debt{end-link}about owing money{end-tooltip} or they have {tooltip}exam{end-link}an exam{end-tooltip}, {tooltip}like{end-link}they may like{end-tooltip} to smoke to reduce the pressure or tension. {tooltip}Most of the{end-link}Many{end-tooltip} people like to smoke when they are relaxing with friends. Secondly, governments throughout the world make huge profits from taxes on cigarettes. The income obtained through taxes provides funds which are used for building {tooltip}school, hospital{end-link}schools, hospitals - use plural form{end-tooltip} and public places such as parks, gardens, sports ground and foot paths. Thirdly, tobacco industry also employs tens of thousands of people all over the world, particularly in poorer countries such as Zimbabwe or India. Without cigarettes, these people would have no jobs.

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In short, I think the world would be a better place without cigarettes. However, the decision of whether {tooltip}_{end-link}to{end-tooltip} smoke or not to smoke should be for each individual to make. I suggest that people should not smoke in a room or a place where there are non smokers, however they should be free to smoke elsewhere.

This is a very good essay, you have made your arguments well and set out the paragraphs as required. However, pay attention to your use of assertive statements e.g. ‘Without cigarettes, these people would have no jobs’. Perhaps they would gain employment in another industry – we cannot be sure. Over all, well done!

Source: ielts-blog.com