Cigarettes Should Be Illegal

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Cigarettes are the most used legal drug and been around for more than many decades in one form or another, Causing major problems throughout many lives. Though legal, the effects of cigarettes throughout our communities cannot be measured. They are one of the most abused legal drugs. The governments must ban the sales of tobacco products. There are many consequences to smoking like health problems, addiction, and economic costs. Second hand smoke is a major problem, since smoking is allowed in a lot of places. Second hand smoke has fifty cancer causing chemicals which are inhaled by non-smokers. Second hand tobacco smoke is also called Environment Tobacco Smoke (ETS). ETS is made up of the smoke that comes from the end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar called side-stream smoke. People that are constantly exposed to ETS are at an increasing risk for developing health problems related to it. Many underage children are regularly inhaling ETS. Since children’s respiration rate is faster than adults and they take in more air, if ETS is present in the air, the children can develop a lot of health problems. ETS can cause problems like bronchitis, pneumonia, middle ear disease, and asthma. In the family car many children are exposed to ETS. In previous studies and survey’s it is found that over half of the smokers, smoke in the car when children are present. Each year all over the world people die from heart diseases caused by ETS. And this is only Second hand smoke. As for smokers themselves they are at a higher risk to their health. Smoking causes cancers to the esophagus, lungs, voice box, throat and mouth and helps develop cancers of the bladder, pancreas, cervix, and kidneys. It also causes cardiovascular disease, like heart disease, stroke, and diseases of the blood vessels. Lung cancer was the first cancer to be linked to smoking and it is the number one cause of

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