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    Default Is it possible for someone to help me with my IELTS practice essay?

    Hey everyone,
    my IELTS exam will be in April. I was born and raised in Germany but I lived in the States for approximately 4 years.
    Well anyways, right now I am studying for my exam. I wrote a practice essay and need some advise.
    Some of my friends said I missed the topic, others said I didnt.

    Here is the subject: Some businesses now say that no one can smoke cigarettes in any of their offices. Some governments have banned smoking in all public places. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons.

    The question is what do I have to agree/disagree to, the smoking ban in general or if offices banned smoking? I thought I had to agree or disagree to a smoking ban in general.

    Oh yeah, here is my essay. I tried to put in my experience/knowledge as a nurse. Maybe someone has suggestion on how I can write about/ summarize given information better.
    Is it possible for someone to tell me what score I would get, based on this essay?
    I need to go back to Uni to do my Bachelors in Nursing as a graduate entry and I need an overall score of 7.5 with no less than 7.5 in each category.
    Thanks for the help in advance, its very much appreciated.




    With the appearance of the first law restricting smoking in public places in 1973, the smoking ban is one of the most heated debate throughout the world.

    Restricting the places where people can smoke is a constant reminder to the public that smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, and that its effects spread far beyond the smoker.
    According to the World Health Organization passive smoking increases health risks such as cardiovascular disease and premature death in non-smokers. Children are especially vulnerable to tobacco smoke.

    Being a non-smoker I agree to smoking bans in certain settings, such as workplaces and enclosed public spaces, mainly on the grounds of hygiene and safety.

    I believe smoking restrictions in workplaces, for example, protects workers from harmful effects of second hand smoke and subsequently reduces the absenteeism from smoking and passive smoking diseases. In addition, bans of smoking improves work productivity and reduces the risk of fires in areas where flammable materials are stored or handled.

    It is scientifically proven that non-smoking in bars and restaurants improves the air quality and cleanliness of such establishments.

    Research and my experience as a nurse have shown that smoking bans reduce smoking overall.
    For many people it is a hassle to walk or drive to the nearest designated smoking area, they consume less tobacco and eventually quit smoking.

    The physical and medical consequences of active and passive smoking are immense.
    It is important for everyone to understand why it is necessary to prevent smoking in public places. There is no doubt that smoking bans will always be criticised.
    I think, in order for this law to be successfully implemented into our society, it has to be strongly enforced by local authorities worldwide.

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    With the appearance of the first law restricting smoking in public places in 1973, the smoking ban has become one of the most heated debates

    'throughout the world'. Is it throughout the world, or in those Western countries where bans are mooted, or already in place. Is this really a hot topic of conversation among most Africans and Indians?? Be careful of sweeping statements like that.

    Restricting the places where people can smoke is a constant reminder to the public that smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, and that its effects spread far beyond the smoker. (Is it responsible for global warming?? It is a bit dramatic - better to say, "also affects those in the immediate envirnment".
    According to the World Health Organization, passive smoking increases health risks such as cardiovascular disease and premature death in non-smokers. Children are especially vulnerable to the detrimental effects of tobacco smoke.

    Being a non-smoker, I concur with smoking bans in certain settings, such as workplaces and enclosed public spaces, mainly on the grounds of hygiene (- do you mean 'hygiene' or 'health' - if hygiene, what do you see as 'unhygienic' about it, because it excapes this reader!) and safety. (omissions) It protects workers from the harmful effects of second- hand smoke and consequently reduces the-omit) absenteeism related to passive smoking diseases. In addition, a ban on smoking improves work productivity and reduces the risk of fires in areas where flammable materials are stored or handled.

    It is scientifically proven that non-smoking in bars and restaurants improves the air quality and cleanliness of such establishments.

    Non-smoking in bars does not do this. It is smoking which reduces air quality - so it is the banning of smoking which prevents the air quality being affect (except in planes, where the air quality has sharply declined because the air is now less frequently changed, with a resultant increase in incidence of deep vein thrombosis.)

    Research and my experience as a nurse have shown that smoking bans reduce the incidence of smoking overall.
    For many people it is a great inconvenience ('hassle' is far too colloquial a word for an essay) to walk or drive to the nearest designated smoking area. As a result, they consume less tobacco and may eventually discontinue/cease smoking. ('quit' is colloquial and may be used in ad compaigns etc but not in a formal essay).

    The physical and medical consequences of active and passive smoking are immense.There is no doubt that smoking bans will always be criticised, but t is important for everyone to understand why it is necessary to prevent smoking in public places. (Reversed the order of these two sentences for greater impact and meaning.) In the meantime, in order for this law to be successfully implemented in our society, it has to be strongly enforced by local authorities. ('worldwide'- again, you won't find this nearly a burning insue on a couple of continents yet, and with no laws banning smoking in a country, why should their local authorites enforce American and English laws!!!?)
    Last edited by David L.; 14-Mar-2008 at 18:14.

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