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.
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.
Studies have shown most pollution on beaches comes from cigarette butts, causing fires and contaminating the air. Once you overlook hurting innocent children and polluting the Earth, it can also hurt adults! Smoking is a hazard to every person, smoker or non-smoker, and our environment to just let it happen anywhere. This complication must be stopped before it perturbs anyone else. An abundant amount of children in the United States have had their lives risked because of smoking surrounding them.
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.
Cigarette smoking should be banned due to the numerous harmful effects to the smokers, the families and friends, and to the environment. Let’s start with the harmful effects of cigarette smoking to the smoker. This vice causes long lasting effects to the smokers, both physically and psychologically. The prolonged use of cigarettes leads to various disabilities and diseases (CDC, 2013). 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).
Kelly Wand. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2012. N. pag. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
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