Smoking Bans in Public Places Help Save Lives

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“One thousand Americans stop smoking every day - by dying” (“Smoking”). It is no surprise that smoking is one of the leading causes of death in the nation. There is overwhelming evidence that smoking affects our health. However, when one lights up a cigarette and smokes where others are present, one not only affects his or her own body, but others as well. This refers not only to the inconvenience of someone smoking near you, but also to the affect of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke has the ability to affect ones health, even if they have never touched a cigarette! This is why smoking in public places should be illegal. There has been much controversy over this question; whether or not people should be able to smoke in public places, such as restaurants. The government has banned smoking in public places already in most of the United States. Many people such as, Richard Carmona, the surgeon general of the United States, are going to the next extreme, petitioning to get rid of all tobacco products entirely (Campbell). This is due to the extreme effects smoking has on ones body. One website claims that scientists are finding more toxins in cigarettes, and more ways they harm our health every year (Harder). The toxins within the cigarette are what make smoking so deadly! The Alternative Medicine Forums website asserts that some of these toxins are called “hidden toxins.” These “hidden toxins” are extremely hazardous. One example is lead, which is a very heavy metallic chemical element. This one toxin has the capability to cause brain damage, as well as the ability to stunt ones growth. Lead, and many other toxins are welcomed into ones body when smoking. The toxins, when entering the body, go directly into the l... ... middle of paper ... ...ith - Help to Quit Smoking. Web. 26 Mar. 2010. . Harder, Ron. "THE TOXINS IN CIGARETTES Prevention, Cure, Curing Protocol, Remedies, Herbs, Alternative Medicine." Alternative Medicine Forums, Blogs & FAQs on Web. 26 Mar. 2010. . Hirsch, Larissa. "Smoking." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. Aug. 2007. Web. 26 Mar. 2010. . "Nicotine Addiction." American Heart Association. Web. 26 Mar. 2010. . "Smoking Quotes, Tobacco Sayings, Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Smokers." The Quote Garden - Quotes, Sayings, Quotations, Verses. Web. 28 Mar. 2010. .

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