The Life And Death Of Cigarettes Essay

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Research Paper There are many things that are detrimental to our health. Some of these things are natural, like viruses and bacteria and some of these things are man-made, like guns and cigarettes. Why would we create things that could ultimately kill us? People are driven by all sorts of things and one of the biggest things is greed. Tobacco, and specifically cigarettes, have been the most detrimental, but preventable thing to our health in the United States for the years they have been around. Cigarettes have been around for ages, starting out in Europe as the scraps of tobacco that were swept up for the peasants to smoke. Tobacco has come in many forms; cigarettes, cigars, pipe, dip, snuff, and more. Out of all of these, cigarettes are the most dangerous. They are infused with many chemicals and stimulants that are destructive to our bodies. Tar, carbon monoxide, nitrosamines, aldehydes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's), and nicotine. Nitrosamines are seen as the most deadly cancer-causing agent in tobacco. Nicotine is highly addictive. Over the past few decades or so, the major cigarette companies have pursued a safer cigarette but have not gotten very far. “Industry researchers often found ways of lowering one or two of the dangerous compounds, only to discover that their tinkering had either increased the level of some other harmful compound or so dramatically altered the cigarette that it wouldn't be accepted by consumers.” (PBS-Cigarette History). All in all the cigarette companies have only brought down the levels of tar and cyanide in cigarettes but have not really made much progress in making a “safer cigarette.” Through all these efforts and all the ages of trying, cigarettes are still harmful to the human body. Smoking harms nearly every organ in our system, and causes many diseases, not to mention the reduction in the general health of

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