Dont Smoke

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Imagine if three of your closest friends were trying to make you smoke your first cigarette. You think - its just one, what’s the harm? As your friend hands you the package you notice a warning label. It’s a picture of a dead man with stitches down his chest. You stop and think - I don’t want to end up like that! Today, nearly 3,500 children across America will try their first cigarette and 850 of them will end up daily smokers. We need to do a better job of warning these kids about the dangers of what they are buying; we need to place warning labels on cigarette packages. Although smoking can lead to death, that’s not the only harmful thing it can do. Smoking adds to air pollution and littering. It’s estimated that 1.7 billion pounds of cigarette butts gum up the world’s waterways a year. They also are the most common sources of starting a fire; cigarettes cause almost 25% of all fires. Though the government has tried to stop the littering of cigarette butts by passing laws, in my opinion, I don’t see them being enforced or any less being thrown on the ground. If tobacco customers better understood that it is not only harming them, but also the earth they are living in, then perhaps they would make a change. It’s a fact that smoking can kill you. Cigarettes kill about 443,000 people a year and I can’t imagine that number going any lower with out trying new ways to warn customers. Nearly 90% of adults say they started smoking before their 18th birthday. Also, at least 3 million children are smokers, which is about 20% of Americans. We need to get this message to children. Roughly 6 million people who are smoking don’t even know what they are putting into their body or how they are killing themselves with every puff taken. Putting graphic warning labels on cigarette packages will catch everyone’s attention; we need to keep warning people about how deadly this product is. It’s not only the people who are smoking the cigarettes that are getting hurt; it’s...
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