Bans on Smoking in Public Areas

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Imagine all of the people that die in accidents such as car crashes, fires, falls, and poisoning each year. If you add all of these together and then multiply that number by four, you get the number of people that die because of smoking each year! Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Each year more than 480,000 people die because of smoking. This is just one of the many reasons why I believe that cigarette smoking should be banned in public areas. I will argue this point in three ways. First, I will argue that the health effects of smoking are so harmful that cigarettes should not be allowed in public areas. Next, I will argue that the negative effects go beyond just health, but to the money of people affected by smoking as well. Finally, I will argue that smoking should be banned because it is becoming the cool thing to do in our culture. The health effects of smoking cigarettes are so severe that there is no reason why they should be legal in public places. Smoking is very harmful to the health of the smoker in more ways than one would think. Smoking affects almost every organ in the entire body and can cause cancer in most of them. Smoking can also cause several other terrible diseases such as Cardiovascular Disease and Respiratory Disease. Smoking also causes many different forms of cancer. Smoking causes bladder, blood (acute myeloid leukemia), cervix, colon and rectum (colorectal), esophagus, kidney and ureter, larynx, liver, oropharynx (includes parts of the throat, tongue, soft palate, and the tonsils), pancreas, stomach, trachea, bronchus, and lung cancer. As you can see, smoking is especially harmful to the health of the smoker. Quitting can dramatically reduce the possible health effects th... ... middle of paper ... ... in public areas? Works Cited "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 06 Feb. 2014. Web. 26 May 2014. "Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 05 Mar. 2014. Web. 25 May 2014. "California Safety Laws - Cell Phone, Seat Belt, Car Seat, Child Safety Laws in CA at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple." DMV.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. Sloan, Frank A. The Price of Smoking. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2004. Print. Stern, Lesley. The Smoking Book. Chicago: U of Chicago, 1999. Print. "Smoking Bad for Business." Tobacco-Free Jeffco -. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. "Young Adult Health - Health Topics - Cigarettes and Smoking." Young Adult Health - Health Topics - Cigarettes and Smoking. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014.
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