As of 2002, more than 430,000 people every year die from use of tobacco- more than AIDS, alcohol, drugs, abuse, car accidents, murders, suicides, and fires COMBINED (“Cigarette Smoking” 2). Scary, isn't it? That even though cigarettes can cause that many deaths, people still smoke them? Cigarette smoking is a serious problem in the United States. Especially when it is done in public.
As of last year, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) found out that more than 16 million Americans suffer from smoking-related diseases (CDC, 2013). Cigarette use changes smokers physically, from skin, to teeth, to hair, even in ways that certainly add years to looks (Chang, 2011). According to WebMD, there are more than 40,000 chemicals that make up one cigarette and many of these substances trigger the destruction of healthy cells in the body (webmd, 2011). It is a well known fact that toxic substances that make up a cigarette cause respiratory diseases, cardiac ailments, and cancer. ... ... middle of paper ... ... Center for Disease Control.
Smoking tobacco products has been around for decades and in many different forms. Should personal rights be pushed aside to please those around us that disagree with the so called “disgusting habit”? In the paper The Washington Times an article caught my interest called”D.C. seeks bans on smoking in national parks” written by Steven Dinan. In this article he stated that “Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote Park Service Regional Director Steve Whitesell saying she’s heard from constituents who fear breathing second-hand smoke while using national parks.”(Dinan, 2013) I don’t think they should.
Cigarette smoking is a danger to people’s health. Thousands of Americans die each year from cigarette smoking related causes. In an article written by Bonnie Springs, it states that, “Cigarette smoking remains the greatest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States,”(1). This is a prime example of just how bad smoking can be to people’s health and the health of others around them. When people smoke in public areas they are not just affecting themselves, they are affecting the other people that breathe in that smoke.
Chicago votes to ban use of e-cigarettes in indoor spaces. Modern Healthcare, 44(3), 6-7. Schripp, T. T., Markewitz, D. D., Uhde, E. E., & Salthammer, T. T. (2013). Does e-cigarette consumption cause passive vaping? Indoor Air, 23(1), 25-31. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0668.2012.00792.x Thompson, D. (2014).
The level of the warning label depends on the potential risk associate with the product; if the product contains less of a risk, then a text of a few words may suffice. However, “with a product like cigarettes, which kills more than 276,000 men and 142,000 women in the US each year”, it is acceptable to say that smoking come with a great risk, therefore a more effective warning label is needed (Hammond 2013).
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and diminishes a person’s overall health. Millions of Americans have health problems caused by smoking. Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. Cigarette smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke cause more than 440,000 premature deaths each year in the United States.
Lung cancer kills more than 20,000 people in the United States every year. (http://community.healthgate.com) The lung damage which causes emphysema is irreversible, and makes it extremely difficult to breath. But the worst thing is that, with any kind of lung disease, it could be fatal. Adults are not the only ones suffering from the illnesses due to smoking. Approximately 4 million children become ill from being exposed to secondhand smoke.
More than 45,000 premature deaths occur each year because of the use of cigarettes. A human being dies every 8 seconds because of smoking. If deeply thought about, it is very bad. Smoking cigarettes is a very critical and dangerous problem that is rising everyday all around the world. (Rettner, 2013) Cigarette smoking includes many health risks including heart attacks and loss of eye sight.
According to the latest data released by the Center of Disease Control, almost 44 million adults in the United States are regular smokers, and this figure does not even take into account underage smokers. The effects of smoking are extremely widespread, even more so than the CDC’s data suggests, because individuals can be affected by second or third-hand smoke. As more research is done, society has become increasingly aware of the harmful effects of smoking that are affecting so many throughout our country. Smoking is detrimental to an individual’s health, because “when [a cigarette] is burned, it releases a dangerous cocktail of out 4,000 chemicals including: more than 70 cancer-causing chemicals, hundreds of other poisons, nicotine, a highly addictive drug, and many additives designed to make cigarettes taste nicer and keep smokers hooked” (Cancer Research UK). It is no wonder that cigarettes are sometimes referred to as “coffin nails”, because each one smoked is a metaphorical nail driven into the person’s coffin.