Smoking Ban: Saving Lives and the Environment

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Rafael Dos Santos
3/26/12
5th period English
Persuasive Essay

Why should smoking be made illegal, because smoking hurts everyone. Around the world smoking claims the lives of 5.4 million people a year. If smoking were to be banned in the United States there would be 443,000 fewer deaths related to smoking. While that isn’t all 5.4 million it would be a giant leap in the right direction. Smoking affects everyone not just the person with the cigarette in their hand but the people around the smoker. Smoking kills millions of people. Another reason smoking should be banned is because of the pollution it causes. Because of the evidence that smoking kills smoking should be banned.

Smoking truly affects everyone, not only the smoker but the people around them. Smoking affects how a smoker exercises. Smokers have trouble exercising because of shortness of breath. With smokers not being able to exercise they are at risk of becoming overweight. Smoking also affects how a smoker manages their time. On average a smoker gets 597.5 more hours of breaks than a nonsmoker in a single year. All of these hours that smokers get off nonsmokers are working. I think that a smoker getting all of this time off is unfair for the smoker who is getting paid the same but actually works much more hours than the smoker. The bottom line is that society could benefit from getting rid of cigarettes.

Smoking cigarettes kills people, not just here in the U.S. but all around the world. One out of every five deaths is related to smoking. Tobacco use is the leading preventable death around the world. Smoking often causes horrible diseases that leaves its victims hospitalized or even worst…dead. Some of the diseases that smoking can lead to is Lung Cancer, Emphysema, and Heart Disease. Smoking can also increase a smoker’s risk of a deadly infection or a weakness of the immune system. Every 6.5 seconds a person dies because of the deadly affects of smoking. Second hand...
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