Banning Smoking Due to the Serious and Fatal Side Effects

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Millions of people are smokers in the United States. “In 2011, an estimated 19.0% (43.8) million United States adults were current cigarette smokers” (“Cigarette Smoking in the”). This number does not include all the underage smokers that are unaccounted. Cigarette smoking has very serious and fatal side effects. Some of these side effects include asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, COPD, and Buerger’s disease. Tobacco use is a preventable death sentence. Smokers are not only harming themselves but the people around them breathing the second-hand smoke. “Each year, about 46,000 nonsmokers in the United States die from heart disease caused by second-hand smoke” (“Cigarette Smoking in the”). This number is very high for someone that has never touched a cigarette.

Second-hand smoke is harmful to everyone that breathes it. Children should not have to risk getting cancer because parents cannot stop a disgusting habit that harms their children’s health. “An estimated 88 million nonsmokers in the United States breath other people’s tobacco smoke” (Cigarette Smoking in the”). Second-hand smoke exposure can cause severe asthma attacks, SIDS, ear infections, and respiratory infections in children. Children are smokers are more prone to sickness than children of nonsmokers are. Second-hand smoke also causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. People may not care enough about their own life to quit smoking but should care enough about the lives of their loved ones. People that breathe second-hand smoke have an increase of 20-30% increase risk for stroke, and 25-30% risk increase for getting heart disease.

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