Make Cigarettes Illegal

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One of the largest and most problematic health issues in our society is smoking.   Smoking is currently the leading cause of death in our country, due to its harmful and addicting contents, such as nicotine.   Although millions die from it each year, smoking is the single most preventable cause of death. Since there is such a high number of deaths, enormous numbers of smoking related diseases, and damage to planet earth, smoking should be made illegal.

The first reason smoking should be illegal is because it is detrimental and an addicting drug, just like many illegal ones. Methamphetamine, and crack are some of the most dangerous drugs to use but what many people do not know is Nicotine is just as harmful. According to a chart in Health and Wellness, experts rate on how easy it is to become addicted and how difficult it is to quit.

Using various drugs, 100 is the highest addiction potential. Number one on the chart for being most addictive was
Nicotine with a score of 100 for having the most addiction potential. Number two was Methamphetamine(smoked) with a score of 96.
Number three was Crack with a score of 94.
Number 4 was Methamphetamine (injected) with a score of 90. Of the 4 top addictive drugs listed, all are illegal except Nicotine. Nicotine has a much higher death and addiction rate than both meth and crack put together, yet nicotine and cigarettes are still legal.

Another reason smoking should be illegal is 50,000 people die each year due to second hand smoke. Is it fair that people who do not smoke are forced to breathe in the chemicals of cigarettes? Is it fair that people who do not smoke are struck with smoking related diseases? Many people believe that solving the problem could be as simple as prohibiting smoking in public places. It does seem to make sense but when you think it out thoroughly, it is not nearly solving any problem. Yes, the number of second hand smoke related deaths would decrease but...
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