Tobacco Essay: The Abolition Of Tobacco

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The Abolition of Tobacco Tobacco has been used, enjoyed, and abused around the world for centuries. Originally tobacco was produced for pipe smoking and chewing (chewing tobacco). The first cigarette was made around the 1600’s, but didn’t become popular in America until the end of the Civil War. The invention of the Cigarette rolling machine in 1883 sparked a tremendous surge of production and sales of cigarettes around the world. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that health risks from long-term tobacco use became a real issue in the world. In 1966 the American Surgeon General demanded warning labels be put on cigarette cartons warning users the possible health risks associated with tobacco use. Tobacco use has been a growing epidemic in the United…show more content…
Nicotine is absorbed into the blood stream when using tobacco. The body becomes addicted to the buzz tobacco produces after a period of time. This keeps people from quitting tobacco use even if they want to quit. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include headache, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, fatigue, irritability, and anxiety. “Most smokers’ do not even like the fact they smoke; cigarettes are not a recreational drug. Most smokers ‘enjoy’ smoking only in the sense that it relieves the pains of withdrawal; they need nicotine to feel normal. People who say they enjoy cigarettes are rather rare—so rare that the industry used to call them ‘enjoyers’. Surveys show that most smokers want to quit but cannot; they also regret having started” (Proctor). Large amounts of United States citizens have attempted to quit smoking but have failed. Statistics from Frank Newport, PhD. Editor-in-Chief of Gallup Inc. say most current smokers in the United States would like to give up smoking. 85% of smokers say they have in fact tried to quit at least once in their lifetime, including 45% who have tried at least three times. A ban of tobacco production and sales could potentially raise awareness of how dangerous nicotine addiction

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