Banning Smoking Essay

802 WordsMar 27, 20154 Pages
Having lived in two vastly different environments for equal parts of my life I have come to recognize some big differences. I was born in San Diego California and later moved to Lucedale Mississippi, where I live today. Here in the Deep South the number of smokers outweighs the non-smokers. In California I never knew anyone who smoked, but here in Mississippi it is easier to name the non-smokers I know. People who smoke cannot expose others to second hand smoke against their will. Smoking must become illegal because it kills both smokers and non-smokers, cost the taxpayers billions, and is destroying the environment. Smoking is taking the lives of both smokers and non-smokers alike. While smokers are making the choice to end their lives prematurely, it is unfair to ask non-smokers to do the same. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease. Secondhand smoke causes more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths among U.S. non-smokers each year. (2) Secondhand smoke causes nearly 34,000 premature deaths from heart disease each year in the United States among nonsmokers. (2) Our children cannot be asked to bear the burden of disease due to second-hand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes many health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome. (1) The non-smoking taxpayers have a right to demand that smoking be made illegal on the basis of healthcare reasons alone. But what about the money? The CDC estimates that 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking. According to a study, smoking accounts for 8.7% of all health care spending in the U.S. each year. Specifically, the researchers found that smoking causes $45 billion in Medicare spending each year and nearly $40 billion for Medicaid. The rest – some $24 billion – is spent on other

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