Smoker: Passive Smoking and Visual Argument

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Dr. Fortner
ENGL 112
Visual Argument Analysis Essay 1st Draft
February 4, 2013
Second Hand Smoking Effects All
Imagine your life is trapped in a car seat, restrained under your seat belt with nowhere to turn. You see the flash of the lighter flicker and begin to dread the next ten to twenty minutes of the car ride praying you are almost to your destination. You start to imagine how that person can really live with himself or herself knowing they are taking away from your healthy life. I question, how hard is it to wait until you are not trapping someone else’s innocent life in your horrible, expensive habit? Being a parent or not, have some respect! Children, matter of fact anyone, should not have to smoke your cigarette with you. I entirely disagree with being able to entrap innocent bystanders in your cloud of bad habit. The image I chose shows an innocent, little girl with a halo of smoke above her head. Next to her is wording that says, “Children of parents who smoke, get to heaven faster”. The argument that arises from my image would be smokers against non-smokers. In most cases, smokers will deny until they are blue in the face that smoking around people will risk their health as well as their own. I have heard my family members, being smokers, tell me time after time, “Oh, your great-grandfather smoked till he was ninety-three.” With this being said, that makes it ok for you to smoke and fill mine and my sisters lungs of it? Being a second hand smoker growing up, I can clearly see the difference in my health compared to a non-second hand smoker’s health. Even though I was only taking in sidestream smoke, smoke coming from lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, it is still full of carcinogens, nicotine, and other known cancer causing agents. Lung cancer, breast cancer, asthma, you name it; they all can be caused by second hand smoking. Children, like myself at one time, are more likely to be hospitalized when they have a sickness...
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