Main Findings – Questionnaire Sudharshine Essay

My main question is about cigarette sales – whether cigarette sales should be banned or not. To find out what other people say to this ban, I created a questionnaire for twenty people.

I gave the questionnaire to males and females, smokers and non – smokers.

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The questionnaire that was created gave me an insight, to what I would expect in my interview and my secondary sources.

5 out of 20 people were males, only this number of males was willing to answer my questionnaire. 15 out of 20 people were females; they were willing to answer my questions.

Overall, I found out that 3 out of twenty people were smokers, two of these people were females, and the other was male. The rest were non – smokers.

One of the questions was to understand what health risks were there from smoking, fortunately, 19 out of 20 people knew, the harmful effects from smoking. However, one person didn’t know.

Question number 7 was to see what information people knew that was not common, or usually asked, this question was about the financial side of smoking, the amount of money the government make from smoking, from my questionnaire, only 9 out of 20 people actually knew the amount of money the government makes from smoking, the rest didn’t know the amount of money the government makes.

Question number 8 was to find out how dangerous smoking was compared to other drugs, I gave a selection of four drugs, which was Heroin, Ecstasy, Cocaine and Cannabis. I instructed the people to rank them, from 1 being most dangerous and 4 being the least. A majority of people thought that Cocaine was the most dangerous, and Heroin was second, Ecstasy was third, and Cannabis being fourth.

Most people in my sample of twenty agreed that Cocaine was the most dangerous, and then following into Heroin, Ecstasy and Cannabis.

See table below:

Question 9 was to seek information about what the person know about cigarettes, and what chemicals they contain. A majority of 15 people knew what it contains, and the other 5 didn’t.

Question 11 was to see if the person agrees to another solution, such as public smoking, rather than a total smoking ban. 13 people agrees that there should be special smoking areas rather than a total smoking ban, on the other hand, 7 people said that it should be banned altogether.

Nearly all people in my questionnaire agreed there should be public smoke ban rather than a total smoke ban because smokers will still be allowed to smoke and Cigarette sellers will be able to sell Cigarette instead of closing down, and passive smoking would reduce in a great amount. See graph:

The last question was to see if the person understands the long term effects, such as under age kids smoking illegally, regrettably 16 people said that it would encourage under age children to smoke, nevertheless, the rest, four people said that it wouldn’t have an effect in the younger generation.

The open questions gave me more detailed information; these questions were the questions that gave me direct answers to my main question. The first open question was to see if people support a smoke ban, a majority of people agreed that smoking should be banned and many said that the cigarette companies and smokers wouldn’t like this idea. I also mentioned a long term effect, such as taxes being raised; many people said that they wouldn’t like this to happen.

As a whole, a great number of people agreed that cigarette smoking should be banned; however, nearly all of the same people agreed that there should be special smoking areas for smokers instead of a smoking ban.

My data table is below:

Overall, this type of evidence suggested me that Public smoke should be banned rather than a total Cigarette Sale ban, because it will affect both the public and the business people in good and bad ways. The public will probably have an increase in taxes if Cigarette Sales were banned, and the profit that most business people make would be reduced.


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