Why Smoking Should Be Made Illegal in Canada

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Smoking - Illegal or Legal? The fact that smoking has not been made illegal yet is mind blowing. Smoking is a main cause of many deaths across Canada. The simple ban of smoking in public places is not a good enough solution to the problem. Smoking should be made illegal in Canada. Making smoking illegal is the right choice because first and second hand smoke can physically harm people, the government and Canadians would benefit financially, and it would help protect Canada’s youth from being affected by smoking. To begin, over the years researchers and scientists have concluded that smoking is indeed bad for one’s health. First, smoking is the cause of many harmful illnesses. Kids Health website states, “Over the long term, smoking leads people to develop health problems like heart disease, stroke, emphysema (breakdown of lung tissue), and many types of cancer.” (“Smoking”). Second, cigarettes also cause numerous cosmetic problems such as; bad breath, yellow teeth, and bad skin. “Nicotine and the other toxins in cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can affect a person's body quickly.” (“Smoking”). Not only does the first hand smoke of a cigarette affect the smoker, the second hand smoke can harm people near smokers. The chemicals in cigarettes stay in the exhaled smoke, making second hand smoke dangerous to inhale. (“Second Hand Smoke”). All in all, smoking has many health risks to both smokers and non-smokers. Therefore smoking should be made illegal in Canada. In addition, it would be very beneficial financially for the government and other Canadians if smoking was made illegal. To start, the government uses a lot of tax dollars to pay for healthcare. Since smoking can lead to so many health risks, Canadians are basically paying for smokers’ healthcare. People who smoke are fully aware of the risks that come along with smoking. Canada should not have to subsidize

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