Persuasive Speech Outline: Smoking in all Public Places should be Illegal

Persuasive Speech Outline: Smoking in all Public Places should be Illegal

Specific Purpose: To persuade policy makers to make it illegal to smoke in any public place due to the impacts of second hand smoke on health.

Central Idea: Second hand cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals which make it extremely dangerous to those who inhale it hence should not be forced on those who do not wish to smoke.


Attention getter: Any person who can force another to take a drug without the victim’s consent is a criminal and any such activity is a criminal act.

Topic Revelation: The main topic for discussion is that tobacco smoking should be outlawed in all public places.

Speaker credibility: Tobacco smoking is harmful to those who engage in it and to those who inhale second hand smoke from the burning end of the tobacco. The CDC reports that about 70 of the more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco are cancerous and the second hand smoke is not filtered. You can imagine how many of these chemicals one is exposed to each time they stay next to a person who is smoking.

Thesis Statement

The dangers associated with chemicals in tobacco smoke should give the message that no person should be exposed to tobacco smoke without their choice.

A: More than 1000 infants die annually due to exposure to chemicals from tobacco when their mothers smoke during pregnancy. Many more people die of cancer when they are exposed to second hand smoke by their smoking spouses hence tobacco smoking should be completely outlawed in any public place.

B: Educating the masses about the dangers of second hand smoke can be an essential step towards gaining support in the elimination of public place smoking.

Main Ideas

Main Idea 1: Tobacco smoking causes smokers and non smokers (CDC par. 1; American Cancer Society par. 1- 8).

Sub point 1: tobacco causes cancer, stroke and coronary heart disease to the smoker.

Sub point 2: Those who do not smoke are also exposed to the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and lung cancer due to exposure to second hand smoke.

Sub point 3: Children are at a greater risk of dying from second hand smoke due to exposure during pregnancy and after birth.

Transition: The dangers associated with tobacco can only be alleviated if different stakeholders play their roles in reducing tobacco smoking incidences across cities.

Main idea 2: Tobacco manufacturing companies and smokers, and their roles (Novotny and Carlin 26-30).

Sub point 1: Tobacco manufacturing companies do the least by only providing a warning that tobacco causes cancer yet do not address addiction concerns.

Sub point 2: After being addicted, smokers have no control over their smoking urges and thus seek for cigarettes anywhere they can find them.

Transition: Since smokers cannot control their urges, there is need to have restrictive measures on where to smoke.

Main idea 3: Ending public smoking through collaborations.

Sub point 1: policy makers and the government should invite people to create awareness of the dangers of tobacco smoke.

Sub point 2: Enroll willing smokers into rehabilitation centers.

Sub point 3: Develop policies to prevent public smoking and thus protect the populace.


From the facts presented and the prevalence rates of tobacco related deaths, it is evidence that there is need for fast action if we were to help save our communities. This bid should be supported by many, policy makers and governments alike. Our responsibility as populations of the world is to prevent people from dying early.


Works Cited

American Cancer Society. Health risks of second hand smoke. American Cancer Society, Inc. 2018. Retrieved from

CDC. Health effects of second hand smoke. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from

Novotny, Thomas E., Carlin, Diana B. Ethical and legal aspects of global tobacco control. Tobacco Control, vol. 14, (2005), pp. 26- 30. Retrieved from