statistically there are 480,000 deaths annually caused by smoking cigarettes. Tobacco should be outlawed because of the dangerous health risk it causes. Originally, Tobacco has a history with the americas. Mayan Indians of Mexico carved drawings in stone showing tobacco use. Native Americans used tobacco for religious and medical reasons, they did not use it everyday.
Cigarette smoking should be banned because they are harmful to the smokers’ health, they’re harmful to nonsmokers’ health, as well as, being harmful to our environment; however, banning the use cigarettes could be very detrimental for our economy. There are 1.1 billion cigarette users throughout the world right now (Martin). There is not a safe form of cigarettes products for anyone to use. They cause about 5 million deaths per year all over the world and of that 5 million, 480,000 are in the United States alone (“Fast”). Cigarette causing diseases are one of the top most preventable types of diseases there is in the world.
In the world, 5.4 million people died of smoking cigarettes in 2010. When I was fourteen years old, one of my cousins died of heart attack, which was caused by smoking cigarettes. His heart stopped one day because of smoking cigarettes. Additionally, smokers inhale less than nonsmokers because smoking affects the amount of oxygen the lungs introduce into the blood. It also affects the lining of the lungs so that they cannot absorb as much from the air breathed
“Smoking before surgery puts you at a higher risk for postoperative heart attacks, blood clots, pneumonia and even death,” says general surgeon Kevin El-Hayek, MD. “When I schedule surgery, I tell my patients they should stop smoking right away.” In comparing smokers with former smokers researchers found that smokers were not only 17 percent more likely to die, but also 53 percent more likely to have serious heart and lung problems (Smoking Before Surgery Increases Risk of Death). Cigarette smoking is extremely dangerous for a smoker and even those around the smoker. The smoke from the cigarette and the smoke exhaled by a smoker are causes of secondhand smoking. Each
But the thought of making the production and sale of cigarettes illegal is a more recent belief. I have come to this conclusion because I do not believe that people will stop using cigarettes just because of the health risks that are well publicized and well known. Some of these statistics are given in a very bold way by the National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Between 1964 and 2004, cigarette smoking caused an estimated 12 million deaths, including 4.1 million deaths from cancer, 5.5 million deaths from cardiovascular diseases, 1.1 million deaths from respiratory diseases, and 94,000 infant deaths related to mothers smoking during pregnancy.1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking results in more than 443,000 deaths in the United States each year – about one in every five U.S. Deaths – and an additional 8.6 million people suffer with a serious illness caused by smoking.
Inhaling secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmoking adults. About 3,000 lung cancer deaths occur each year among adult nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke causes disease and premature death in nonsmoking adults and children. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of SIDS, ear infections, cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, and severe asthma. Secondhand smoke slows the growth of children's lungs and can cause them to cough wheeze, and feel breathless.
The majority of the people voting for the age limit to drop to 18 are the people who are under 18 or who are 18. They feel that 18 year-olds are prepared to make responsible decisions about drinking (Amethyst Initiative). The Amethyst Initiative believes that lowering the drinking age will only make situations worse for society. But the fact is, these people are not thinking about the consequences and are only looking at the pleasure. “More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries” (The Marin Institute).
It may increase the risk of heart disease by an estimate 25 to 30 percent…” If we could ban cigarettes all together, I bet the amount of cancer problems we have will dramatically lessen. Smoking was something I have always been around. Just as it (tobacco) has been around for a long time. I do plan on quitting and I hope everyone can realize how harmful this “drug “is. When I have kids, I will teach them about the use of tobacco as well as other drugs, so they are more aware of what not to do.
They do not realize that people die a lot more often from smoking than any illegal drug or alcohol-related problems. In fact over 440,000 deaths in America alone are caused by cigarettes and other tobacco products. Even though smoking is dangerous, we must be careful of those around as well. Second-hand smoke is even more dangerous than first-hand smoke. In fact, it can cause coronary heart disease in 25% to 30% more people who are around a someone who smokes.
They provide education to our youth to prevent them from ever starting and smoking cessation programs for individuals that currently wish to stop smoking. Education and support are known ways to eventually prevent smoking in the future. More than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. alone each year are from smoking related illnesses. Why would someone even pick up a cigarette without considering the effects it will have on him or her? Cigarettes should be illegal because cigarettes are a powerful and addicting drug that are very harmful to the people who smoke them, the people who inhale second hand smoke, and the environment.