Arguementative Essay About Cigarette Smoking

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Griffin Hayes Mr. Guay English 10 Honors 11/7/14 Should Cigarette Smoking Be Banned? Meet Anna, a five year old girl who lost her father to lung cancer. Like Anna’s father, cigarette smoking is a known leading cause of lung cancer and death for about 159,260 people in the United States this year so far ("How Many People Get Lung Cancer?"). Lung cancer has caused about 27% of all cancer deaths but can be prevented if we ban the smoking of cigarettes. Cigarette smoking has caused lung cancer to many smokers and even non-smokers. Cigarette tobacco smoke is released from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke exhaled by the smoker. Tobacco smoke pollution causes or exacerbates a wide range of adverse health effects, including cancer, respiratory infections, and asthma. Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals. Two hundred of the chemicals are poisons and at least 69 cause cancer and other diseases (Tobacco Smoke Pollution). Smoking is especially dangerous to women during pregnancy. The chemicals and toxins go into a woman's bloodstream, her baby’s only source of oxygen and nutrients (Smoking During Pregnancy). Another danger of smoking is smoking before surgery. “Smoking before surgery puts you at a higher risk for postoperative heart attacks, blood clots, pneumonia and even death,” says general surgeon Kevin El-Hayek, MD. “When I schedule surgery, I tell my patients they should stop smoking right away.” In comparing smokers with former smokers researchers found that smokers were not only 17 percent more likely to die, but also 53 percent more likely to have serious heart and lung problems (Smoking Before Surgery Increases Risk of Death). Cigarette smoking is extremely dangerous for a smoker and even those around the smoker. The smoke from the cigarette and the smoke exhaled by a smoker are causes of secondhand smoking. Each

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