7 Aug 2013
Smoking Should be Banned Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death that is legal. However, there is hope. Twenty countries have passed smoke free law, but America has not yet and they should. “Each cigarette shortens the smoker’s life by 11 minutes instantaneously because of the immense health problems cigarettes cause” (Fast Facts). This does not sound like a lot but three packs a day will compress the smoker’s life by 418 days for each year each year he/she smokes. Smoking should be banned because people are exposed to hazardous smoke in many places, a ban can lead to prevention and quitting of smoking and second hand smoke can cause many illnesses and disease. People are exposed to second hand smoke in many places and it is very dangerous. Homes, car, and work are some places where exposure occurs. By allowing smokers to smoke in those places, we are putting others at risk of smoking-related problems. Furthermore, the most dangerous gases feature in highest level within side stream smoke. Due to this, there is no safe level exposure to second hand smoke. People are at great chance of disease and illness by just walking past a smoker. Smoke free environments can lead to more smokers to quitting and less non-smokers starting to smoke. “It was reported that about seven out of ten smokers want to quit, and they believe that a smoke-free environment will help them” (Fast Facts). When a smoker tries to quit, they may see others smoking and this can cause an urge to smoke. Each day more than 3800 people under 18 try their first cigarette (Fast Facts). Of those 3800, 1000 begin smoking cigarettes on a daily basis (Fast Facts). When kids see people smoking, they may think that it’s “cool” and they will try smoking for the same reason. Second hand smoke can cause many serious illnesses and disease. For example, the chance of lung cancer is increased when in contact with second hand smoke. Second hand
Cited: "Smoking and Tobacco Use Fast Facts." CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N. d. n. pag. Web. 14 May 2013.