Cigarettes in America

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In the United States, when a disease is rapid, many steps are taken to reduce causes and find cures for the disease; walks, fundraisers, commercials and research are held by those that are committed to assist in the elimination of these diseases and the treatment of the sick. The leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory disease. The most deadly origin of disease is cigarette smoking. A cigarette contains many harmful chemicals that damage the smokers’ body as well as the people that surround the smoker. Its negative impacts regarding health carry more burdens than what some may say is the “positive” social outcome of smoking. Tobacco was originally used as a heavy sedative during tribal times and never used as a form of leisure. Cigarettes should be made illegal in the United States because of the outcomes it constructs regarding both physical and environmental health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 443,000 people die sooner from diseases caused by smoking cigarettes or from secondhand smoking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also stated that approximately another 8.6 million people have serious illnesses caused by cigarette smoking. Cigarettes contain arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and 43 known carcinogens (Brandt). Urea, a component found in urine, is also added to cigarettes to add flavor.

Each year more Americans die from cigarette smoking than homicide, AIDS, drugs abuse and car accidents combined (Health Effects). Despite this tragic fact, cigarettes are the most widely advertised item in America. Many Americans are now aware of this fact and will...

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...t should be illegal. The foremost reason cigarettes should be made illegal is that despite all of its negative outcomes, it doesn’t have any positive results. An item whose only positive relates to monetary gain should not be on the market.

Works Cited

Brandt, Allan M. The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America. New York: Basic Books, 2007.Print.

Fritschler, A. Lee. Smoking and Politics: Policy making and the Federal Bureaucracy. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1996.Print.

“Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 Dec. 2009.Web. 5 April 2010.

The Health Consequences of Smoking : A Public Health Service Review. [Washington] : U.S.

Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service. 1967. Print.
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