Prof. Cathy Cripps
May 6, 2013
Smoking cigarettes should be illegal
For a long time people have different concepts and point of view about smoking. Nowadays a lot of people think that smoking is good and helps them, but others think that should be banned. “The Believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco.” (Ralph Waldo). The question is what is in a cigarette? A cigarette is made of a classic white paper, and when it burns it releases about 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing compounds and other 400 toxins, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and the most important nicotine. What is nicotine? Marjorie Jacobs, member of educational programs, explains that nicotine is the chemical that creates addiction ones it goes in the bloodstream. James Bonsack was the man who invented the cigarette in 1880 he made 10 million cigarettes the first year and about one billion five years later. However, cigarettes should be illegal because they cause a lot of problems such as cancer and other diseases, it is addictive, and it is really dangerous for the people that are around smokers. According to the article “Cigarette Smoking” “each year about 443,000 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use” Cigarettes smoking are the responsible of the 30% of all cancer deaths. Dr. Leroy E. Burney US Public Health Service's, explains that lung cancer , oral cavity, stomach, bladder and pancreas are one of the first diseases caused by cigarettes smoking, and that bronchitis, heart diseases, emphysema and others are the one the diseases that follow them. In my personal experience my grandfather die of lung cancer because when he was a young boy he smoke one, two or three packet per day, and when he was getting older all this start to affect them. In addition, a report from “Smoking and Health” mentions that, for women that smoke in the future it can damage the reproductive system, and hurt the baby and it could have some problems for example, if the baby born it can have low birth weight, and born with infant death syndrome. Also men have a lot of problems by smoking cigarettes; for example, they have fertility problems, die younger, they live between 13 years, and they are more likely to die between the ages of 35 and 69 than those who have never try a cigarette. Male smokers also are sexually impotent than non-smokers.
In a same way, a second fact is that cigarette smoking is not only dangerous for the person that smokes, but also for the people around this is called a “secondhand smoke”. Which it can be even more dangerous for persons that actually inhale, a secondhand smoke consist in the smoke exhaled by a person that is smoking; this is also called “sidestream and mainstream smoke.” “The article called cigarette smoking” explains that “Sidestream smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) than mainstream smoke”. When a non-smoker is exposed to a side stream smoke, it is called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. Following, a non-smoker who breathe the same air when a person is smoking take in nicotine and toxins; the more you inhale the higher level that this toxin enters your body. “The International Agency For Research On Cancer IARC” reported in 2009 that parents who smoke before and during pregnancy were in more dangerous to have a child with hepatoblastoma; which is a rare cancer that star while the child is in the uterus, in contrast of parents that does not smoke the risk is higher twice if one parent inhale is five times higher if both parents smoked, it can also can cause asthma in a children since he is a baby. The question is what can be done about sencondhand smoke? Since the state and local authorities can enact public policies to protect people from sidestream smoke, it is important that they protect and prevent this action,...
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