Should Cigarette Smoking Be Banned?

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Smoking is an expensive habit. People who smoke cigarettes can spend as much as $2,500 a year on them. Smokers’ claim that it helps relax them and it releases stress but the negative aspects of smoking outweigh the positive. Smoking is a health hazard for smokers and non-smokers. Smokers should have the right to choose what to do with their own health but they should respect non-smokers. Many people believe that there are good and bad outcomes from smoking. I believe that smoking is bad and that it should be banned.

Many people think that smoking is a sign of coolness but in fact it damages the body. Cigarettes contain nicotine which is an addictive substance and that is why it is hard for smokers to stop smoking. Smoking can damage the lungs, the heart, and causes other diseases. The most important reason to ban smoking is the effects on smokers and second hand smokers. About 400,000 Americans die each year from diseases cause by cigarette smoking. The biggest killers are lung cancer, other smoking related cancers, and heart disease. Smoking cigarettes causes more deaths than AIDS, illegal drug use, alcohol abuse, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders. If there are non-smokers around smokers, they breathe the same air and that is not good. Non-smokers even have a higher rate of attaining diseases when they are around cigarette smoke. When children breath in cigarette smoke, they have an increase risk for childhood illnesses such as asthma and ear infections. Smoking also affects pregnancy and newborn children. Cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use during pregnancy pose serious risks to fetal heath. Many people do not know what ingredients are in cigarettes and why they may be harmful to them. The money spent on smoking is one of the reasons why we need to ban smoking. “In 2008, the price of a pack of cigarettes ranged from $4 to more than $7. In addition, the Center for Disease Control estimates that, on average, every pack of cigarettes smoked costs each state as much as $16 when health prices and lost productivity are considered. Banning or restricting smoking eliminates (or at least reduces) these costs”(lockson). Spending money on smoking is too much and leads to nothing, and there are no benefits that people can get from smoking. Smoking can hit personal finances and smokers are burning their money for no reason. Instead of using money to get cigarettes, people can donate to non-government organizations to wipe out poverty and change people’s lives. Smoking is a major factor that is destroying the environment. Smoking cigarettes is bad for the air. People who do not smoke have to breathe the bad air around the smokers. Smoking needs to be banned in public to let other people breathe the fresh air. Most Americans are exposed to outdoor and indoor air that can cause cancer and other serious health problems. Smoking is a serious problem that needs to be taken care of. If we want a strong environment, clean environment, and a good public health, we need to ban smoking once and for all. Many people believe that smoking is good in many ways. They also think that smoking carries more benefits than not smoking. Smoking will help you make friends. Smokers congregate in very small areas and by doing this brings on a friendship. They exchange stories, exchange news, and enrich knowledge. Smokers all have something in common. They are discriminated against, and thus they quickly bond together. Smoking will reduce stress and anxiety. The calming effects of a constant nicotine supply in the bloodstream will reduce the amount of stress and anxiety that can cause serious heart conditions and ulcers. Smokers always have an excuse to leave. When a smoker wants to smoke they can just step outside and have a cigarette. They can even lie that they do not have anymore cigarettes and they leave. Smoking exercises your lungs, arms, and builds manual dexterity. Smoker’s arms are continuously worked out by the up and down...
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