July 1, 2012
Effects of Tobacco on America
Boom! I hear a loud crash that quickly alerts me something is wrong. I burst into a full sprint to quickly be drawn back by my grandmother’s unconscious body. September 1, 2010 my grandmothers life was taken by abusing a tobacco substance called cigarettes. So many people are putting their health in danger from a deadly substance called tobacco. Tobacco is a deadly substance that affects the entire body by slowly breaking it down. Tobacco is a highly addictive drug; there are more than 443,000 deaths per year due to tobacco usage (Leary6). Nicotine is the main drug in all forms of tobacco; it is the second most heavily used drug in America. Tobacco affects your family, drains your money, and most importantly your health. Growing up, the first thing that we learned in health class is that tobacco is bad for our health but what some individuals might not know is that a person does not have to be a tobacco user to be affected. As I child I learned the ability to hold my breath really long around my grandma, because I feared the effects of second hand smoke. Leary states in the article, U.S. Ties Secondhand Smoke to Cancer, “Secondhand tobacco smoke causes lung cancer that kills an estimated 3,000 nonsmokers a year.” Exposure to second hand smoke can cause children to develop asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections. An innocent child should not be punished based upon the decisions of another person. “The EPA estimates that secondhand smoking is responsible for 150,000 to 300,000 lower respiratory infections in infants and children under 18 months in the US ”(EPA). In addition to tobacco affecting children it also makes it hard to save money because of the costly health bills.
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