English Comp. I
January 31, 2012
Persuasive Essay, I’d Rather Smoke Than Kiss
In times like today, people have mixed views on smoking and on the effects it has on the human body. Most people who smoke, feel that non-smokers are against them, and believe in the myths that are portrayed by cigarette companies. They do not realize how addictive cigarettes are, and end up stuck with the burden. I feel that her entire article is truly opinionated and biased about non-smokers and she really doesn’t have the hard evidence, just personal experience.
In “I’d Rather Smoke Than Kiss,” Florence King states that no matter what American society thinks, says or does, it will not convince her to quit smoking. King's choice of words suggests that the government purposely tries to segregate all smokers from non-smokers, by making signs or segregating areas for smokers to go. She implies that all non-smokers are against smokers and will do anything in their power to stop them by passing laws. A lot of cigarette companies tell people that if they stop smoking, it will put a strain on the economy, “Strategies”. King's article is important because her arguments exemplify different observational situations, which society imposes on smokers in the United States and offers knowledge about some of the issues of discrimination towards smokers by combining personal experience and actual situations that smokers encounter everyday in life.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, “Strategies”. It causes serious illness among an estimated 8.6 million persons, it cost $167 billion dollars, in annual health-related losses, and it kills approximately 438,000 people each year. Worldwide, smoking kills about 5 million a year, “Frieden and Blackman”. Through these statistics, you think people would realize that smoking is not something that should be messed with. Most of the reasons why smokers keep smoking is...