Outlaw Cigarettes Based on Public Health

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15 June 2011
Outlaw Cigarettes Based on Public Health
Argument: The production and sale of cigarettes must be outlawed for the health of the American public. Pros| Cons|
1. Cigarettes contain dangerous chemicals that kill| 1. Personal liberty lost| 2. Cigarettes lead to numerous diseases and illnesses| 2. Loss of significant tax revenue| 3. Are a public health hazard to others who don’t smoke| 3. Gives the smoker a sense of gratification and pleasure| 4. Are addictive and hard to break habit| 4. Probation does not work. Someone will find a way to provide such as the alcohol prohibition in the 1920s which was repealed.| 5. Healthcare related costs are sky rocketing| 5. Create a black market and cause more crimes such as illegal drugs|

Remember the days when cigarettes were smoked on television and in the movies. When you could turn on the television see and Winston cigarette commercials or go to a cigarette sponsored sporting event. Okay, maybe I am dating myself a bit. In today’s society cigarettes have become the object of controversy, ridicule, and disgust. The argument that the production and sale of cigarette must be outlawed for the health of the American public has its merits but also has its fallacies. One of the first arguments for the band on cigarettes is that cigarettes contain dangerous chemicals that can kill and lead to numerous diseases and illnesses. Yes this is a valid point but there are many legal products on market that can kill and lead to numerous diseases and illnesses, such as alcohol and more recent studies suggest cell phones. Another argument for the band is that cigarettes are a public health hazard to other’s that don’t smoke. Yes this too is a valid point, second hand smoke has been a topic that has received a lot of attention and study over the last few years but banding cigarettes would violate the rights of “liberty and the pursuit of happiness” of those who wish to smoke....
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