Should Cigarette Smoking Be Banned?

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Argument Essay
ENG 101-05
Nov 19, 2012

Should Cigarette Smoking Be Banned?

The harms of smoking have become more popular around the world. In my country many people die every year .You could also find more information about these problem in the many websites on the internet which discuss this problem also when you go to any hospital you will see many photos on the walls that considers about effects problem smoking. Smoking has a lot of disadvantages than advantages for us. Smoking habit can lead to many cancers and heart disease, secondhand smoke exposures to smoking and the effect of youth smoking. In this past decade, the rate of smokers has been quite low, but every day 3000 people start smoking. That equals about 1,000,000 people a year. To balance the number of people who start though; about 1,200 people die from smoking each day, which leads up to about 1,438,000 deaths from smoking a year. That is a lot of deaths, which can be prevented. Why is Smoking so bad for you? Cigarettes contain over seven hundred chemical additives. Some of the chemicals you are less likely to know about are the heavy metals, humectants, casting agents, pesticides and insecticides added into a cigarette. The more well know chemicals are tar, Carbon and nicotine. Smoking has two kinds of effects, long term and short-term effects. The short term effects happen after a few years of smoking and usually are coughing, wheezing, and dizziness, and nausea, shortness of breath, phlegm production, bad breath, decreased physical fitness and reduced lung function. Although those may not seem bad or even noticeable at the time they are nothing compared to the long-term effects. The long-term effects, which happen after years and years of smoking, include Emphysema, heart disease, pregnancy complications; facial wrinkles and the well know disease Cancer. The different forms of Cancer caused by smoking are very large. Although you may not receive all of them, you are at risk to all of them. Fourteen percent more actually. The forms are lung, pancreatic, cervix, larynx, mouth, esophagus, bladder, kidney and an increased chance of breast cancer. Smoking is also extremely harmful to an unborn fetus in its mother. The drug enters the mother s blood stream, which is then passed on to the baby s blood after it crosses over the placenta. The effects of the drug infecting the baby are lessened weight at birth, increased chances of spontaneous abortion and of course death. Is second hand smoke really that bad? Yes, second hand smoke is almost as bad for you as actually smoking a cigarette. For every 20 seconds that a smoker is in taking a cigarette, you, the bystander receives 9.5 more minutes of the toxins than they are. Secondhand smoke is most harmful to young children, especially those with asthma or other respiratory diseases. The EPA notes that 43% of children in the United States under the age of 11 live in a home with at least one smoker. Children exposed to secondhand smoke tend to have more bronchitis, pneumonia, respiratory infections, fluid in the middle ear, and asthma. And if both parents smoke, or if the child is frequently exposed to smoke, the child’s chances of showing symptoms of these diseases increase. To determine the risk of secondhand smoke for adult nonsmokers, the EPA considered the results of thirty epidemiologic studies, which examined the effects of second hand smoke on nonsmoking partners of smokers. Every study found that the level of risk increased according to exposure to secondhand smoke. When the results of the studies were considered together, the probability of the increased rates of lung cancer among nonsmokers occurring by chance was less than one in a billion. Teen smoking has always been a factor in America, especially during High School. That is when teens are most likely to pick up the habit. We are constantly around people that smoke and usually offered cigarettes when they do smoke. If smoking is so...
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