Why are cigarettes legal in the United States? Smoking is on the decline, but some people are still lighting up. Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive. Cigarettes contain over five hundred poisons which cause smoking related illnesses such as bronchitis, emphysema, diseases of the heart liver, vascular and lung, birth problems, cancer of the lip, tongue, gum, larynx bladder and lung, peptic ulcers, jaundice and strokes. Although smoking is a proven killer, Americans waste billions of dollars each year on tobacco products. Smoking has several harmful effects on the body. Cigarettes are not only harmful to users, but are also damaging to all people in the vicinity of a smoker.
Other drugs that are harmful, such as crack or marijuana, are illegal in the United States. However, the use of cigarettes, which kills millions worldwide annually, is perfectly legal. The average pack of cigarettes costs eight to ten dollars a pack. Some people will spend their last on a pack of cigarettes because of their addiction. Like other addictive drugs, the body and mind quickly become so used to the nicotine in cigarettes that a person needs to have it just to feel normal.
Cigarettes cause eighty-five percent of lung cancer and are responsible for thirty percent of all deaths resulting from cancer. People who have smoked for a significant period of time will have noticeable problems breathing and will most likely be poor in health. On the average, every
cigarette takes five and a half minutes of life away from a smoker. Persistent smoker’s teeth and fingernails are yellow. Society is damaged by this illness, which means that people interact less.
Second hand smoke from cigarettes is just as damaging as smoke inhaled by users. Each year, fifty-three thousand people die from the effects of second hand smoke. A person living with a spouse who smokes has a...