So many people quit smoking each year, it is so ridiculous to think that tobacco products are addicting argues Richard DeGrandpre (39). The facts about tobacco and tobacco products have been shaded by the government and government agencies to make smoking less acceptable and more inconvenient to smokers and tobacco users Sullum argues (55). My opponents firmly believe that there are no risks if a person starts smoking. As you will see, I will show extenuating facts that disprove my opponents views on tobacco products. My opponent states that smoking is not dangerous, however, I intend to prove that smoking is dangerous not just to smokers, but to everyone as well.
By the government allowing the purchase of cigarettes they are allowing people to slowly kill themselves. Not only are cigarettes harmful to a person themselves but they are also harmful to the environment. Each year there are four and a half trillion cigarette butts discarded worldwid... ... middle of paper ... ... they are killing their child. But of course those smokers are able to get access to an addictive little cigarette that is killing both them and their child. As one can easily see cigarettes have no long term positive side effects.
The War on Tobacco Each day, millions of Americans of all ages light up a cigarette distributed by the tobacco companies. Smoking is a habit that, in the long run, causes cancer and other diseases associated with the lungs. Now, this deadly cancer causing drug is one of the leading causes of death in America today. Some may argue that it is a person¹s choice to smoke and that the tobacco companies are innocent because of this. In actuality, the tobacco companies are to blame for toying with the lives of millions of Americans.
It’s not hard to believe that marijuana is the 3rd most popular recreational drug in America and Government polls say some 25 million Americans have smoked the plant in the past year. The purpose of this speech is not to persuade you to do something you have no interest in, but to instead inform you on the discrepancies within our government pertaining to marijuana. The benefits for legalizing the plant outweigh the benefits of keeling it illegal. Marijuana prohibition applies to everyone, including the sick and dying. Of all the negative consequences of prohibition, none is as tragic as the denial of medicinal cannabis to the tens of thousands of patients who could benefit from its therapeutic use.
Tobacco Advertising Although the Tobacco Industry recently paid enormous fines to the US Government and Individual states, they continue to promote smoking and influence young human beings world wide to use their products through multi dimensional advertising. For decades Americans were not told the truth about the dangers of smoking. The media stayed silent because it did not want to lose the hundreds of millions of dollars it made from cigarette advertising. The hopeful result of the tobacco lawsuits would be that the advertising target market would not be the young. The fact that the Tobacco Companies lose three thousand to five thousand customers each day causes the industry to look for replacements to the lost revenue resources.
According to US law adults have the right to smoke freely even though they should make cigarettes illegal because of the many deaths and problems they cause. Many people don’t know the real damage that tobacco product do to the human body. Imagine losing you voice box and having to get a hole cut into your esophagus for smoking too much. Or having to spend thousands of dollars on treatments for your lungs and mouth. Smoking not only affect you, but it also affects your children and future children.
The answer is simple; money. Our country would rather put the lives of its citizens at huge risk than sacrifice the loss it would suffer from banning the use of tobacco products. It seems to be a common belief among people in the United States that cigarette butts are somehow not a form of littering. The United States, along with the rest of the world, are accountable for throwing more than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts out each year (Environmental Pollution). The butts of cigarettes are undeniably small, but with a number like that, the pollution definitely builds up.
Once the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan said “tobacco is the only industry that produces products to make huge profits and at the same time damage the health and kill their consumers.” Tobacco is one of the main addictions that lead to millions of deaths, and hence, it is still not banned, but companies make millions of dollars by manufacturing cigarettes. Many people believe that graphic warnings would be one of the ways to reduce the number of people smoking, and prevent from diseases such as cancer, or lung problems. However, tobacco industries oppose to this movement because it is effecting their profits and reputation. This is a very egoistic perspective because they use the population to become a profitable company while millions of people suffer on that. People has been fighting with this issue since century where graphic warnings have not been fully accepted by the government.
Tobacco advertisers must sell a substance that kills thousands of people each year. In order to do this, they sell the product by persuading people to buy their product through visual images on billboards and magazines such as great open spaces…, mountains, the lakes coming up to the shore…,with healthy young people, or with athletes. How could a whiff of a tobacco product be of any harm in a situation like that? It could not be — there is too much fresh air, too much health, — too much absolute exuding of youth and vitality. Young people, particularly adolescents, are highly impressionable, and tobacco companies exploit this vulnerability to promote their interests through the visual aids of ads.
Tobacco companies say that youth smokers are not especially valuable to the companies. So all these lawsuits are useless. What makes no sense is that the government makes more money per pack of cigarettes than any other cigarette company, and they're the ones suing and bringing up these statistics and issues. In this case in particular a cartoon character was used to sell cigarettes to adults. Many tobacco companies use objects that would attract children, like actors and actresses and scenes in their favorite movies.