Should Smoking Be Made Illegal Essay

492 WordsMar 17, 20132 Pages
Should Smoking Be Made Illegal ? Good morning to the honorable judges, fellow contestants, teachers and members of the floor. I stand before you this morning to speak about smoking. Should smoking be made illegal?! And why is that? Smoking is the cause of various diseases and major illness that lead to death. Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances. The products that are most damaging are first – tar, a substance that causes cancer, second – nicotine which is addictive and third carbon monoxide which reduces oxygen in your blood. Some of the contents in cigarettes are, methanol used as a rocket fuel, nicotine used as insecticide, cadmium used in batteries, vinyl chloride used in plastic material and ammoniac used in detergent. Smoking can harm almost every organ in your body, from top to bottom, inside and outside. Ladies and gentlemen, Most people know that smoking can cause cancers, diseases and illnesses. It is the best way to die slowly. The strain of smoking effects on the body often causes years of suffering. Did you know? On average, each cigarette, shortens a smoker’s life by around 11 minutes. It is reported that 42,800 death are from smoking related cancers, 30,600 from cardiovascular disease and 29,100 from other chronic lung diseases. Ladies and gentlemen, The habit of smoking can cost a smoker thousands of ringgit a year. A pack-a-day-smoker, who pays RM 10 per pack can expect to cost more than RM 3,500 per year. Just imagine how much money can you save. It appears that the price of cigarettes will continue to rise in coming years as will the financial burden to keep up with this bad habit. Many surveys, studies and scientific research has proved that smoking is injurious to health. But still, why do people make it a habit? Smoke is unhealthy and suffocating. It pollutes the environment. There are
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