How many of you in here know someone who smokes? Well, today Iâ€™m here to talk to you about smoking, and how I think it should be illegal. Smoking has already been proven to be the most common killer, so why is it legal? American citizens waste Billions of dollars on tobacco each year, and itâ€™s funny how other drugs that are way more harmful, like crack or marijuana, are illegal, yet cigarettes arenâ€™t; Even though they are just as harmful. If you think about it, cigarettes kill millions of people around the world each year. Smoking has so many effects to the human body. Statistics show that five percent of lung cancer comes from cigarettes and thirty percent of all deaths resulting from cancer. People who have smoked for the majority of their life usually notice how their health has changed significantly. They usually experience breathing problems and will most likely be in bad health condition. On average, every cigarette takes five and a half minutes of life away. Yet, the sales of cigarettes, known to be unsafe, have never been prohibited by the government. Why should cigarettes have special treatment verses other harmful drugs sold in the U.S.? Do you want your loved ones to experience these after effects of cigarettes in the long run? But wait, thatâ€™s not all, Cigarettes arenâ€™t just harmful to the smoker but everyone that is around the smoker. Second hand is involuntarily inhaling smoke by a nonsmoker from other people smoking around them. Second hand smoke from cigarettes is just as bad as the smoker itself. Each year, 53,000 people die from second hand smoke. An example would be, you living with your significant other that smokes around you, and in result would be that you have a thirty percent higher chance of you getting lung cancer. Statistics also show that seventeen percent of lung cancer is caused from growing up with parents that smoked. Would you want your own children to suffer from lung cancer at a young age?
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