The first reason that supports my claim of smoking cigarettes should be banned is that it is a “major cause to preventable and premature deaths”, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The evidence that supports this reason is that around 443,000 cigarette deaths happen each year in the US only. Yet, some may challenge this piece of evidence because those Mercado2 deaths are caused by the users’ choice to decide to smoke. Opponents claim that smoker have a right to smoke argue that people who are around smokers receive second hand smoke and sometimes get very sick. On one hand it is true that people can choose whether or not to smoke.
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Cigarettes (and its tobacco-related counterparts) have remained to this day, the most readily available and highly addictive substance that’s in legal America and “continues to be the leading cause of preventable death around the world” (Wascher). The production and sale of cigarettes should be made illegal in America because it manipulates people into adopting unhealthy lifestyles, encourages children to try smoking, and it subsequently shortens the lifespan of the smoker and those who surround them (second-hand smokers), by increasing the risk of adverse health effects. The attitudes which surrounded cigarette smoking have seen a steady yet progressive shift from being ‘a [socially] acceptable and noncontroversial part of US life,’ to a seemingly chronic affliction that fuels a disgusting habit (qtd. in Graham... ... middle of paper ... ... Hillary. “Smoking, Stigma and Social Class.” Journal of Political Science.
The legalization of marijuana has been a debated subject in America since the 1970's. The pro-marijuana society in America has made claims as to how marijuana can help cure or lessen the effect of some diseases and that by legalizing the drug; the use of pot will actually decline. The fact of the matter is that marijuana is a drug that can be placed into a similar category as cocaine or heroine. Like these other drugs, pot (marijuana) smoking carries with it serious side effects that can effect the user forever, and sometimes-even cause death. Marijuana was first cultivated in America during the colonial time period and was used as a fiber for rope and even clothing.
Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others”. After a series of statements like this Congress passed the bill and Marijuana became officially illegal. This was hard to believe since less than a decade before the government encouraged the growing of hemp because of its many uses. The main reason Marijuana is still illegal is mainly due to misconceptions about the drug, and conservatives who would not stand for it….Until they are diagnosed with Glaucoma, Cancer, or Aids; That might change there view a bit.
Tobacco, once recreationally customary and signified one as being “cool” has done a substantial 180 degree turn. With the knowledge that came along with the 20th century also came the harsh truth that tobacco causes illness and disease. Recently the use of tobacco has been brought into our governments legislations and state laws prohibiting tobacco use in varies of ways. With designated smoking areas outside and in parks. No smoking in bars and restaurants many smokers are being victimized by a bad habit.
What comes to mind when you think of drugs? Perhaps you think of the nightly news talking about killings on the streets or maybe you think of those unforgettable meth ads on television and billboards. But what seems to be very popular when the word drug comes up is the controversial ongoing debate on whether or not marijuana should be legalized. Many advocates believe prohibiting marijuana reduces crime, trafficking and increases health. However, marijuana is one of the most misunderstood drugs on the market.
Also, I learned that secondhand smoke is just as harmful. It makes me wonder why cigarettes have so many negative outcomes but are still legally sold in stores. The process of making cigarettes become illegal in the united states start with a group that has a he following on people’s health like the NRA does with guns. The first thing that I can do to draw attention to making cigarettes illegal is create a bill. My bill will address the reasons why