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Smoking Should Be Banned

  • Date Submitted: 03/21/2010 07:53 PM
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If people smoke, they are choosing to engage in a dangerous life-style choice. Smoking is harmful to not only to the person who smokes, but also to anyone nearby. Many will argue that the threat of smoking or breathing in secondhand smoke has been overstated. Pro-smokers believe they have the right to smoke whenever and wherever they want. However, studies have shown that smoking is harmful to a person’s health. Also, smoking causes an addiction. Finally, it is unfair to subject those who don’t smoke to second hand smoke. Smoking should be banned.
Over the years many studies have been done to prove the harmful effects smoking has on one’s health. The studies have shown that smoking causes many health problems including lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease just to name a few. Lives would be saved and people would have a better quality of life due to the ban of smoking.
In addition, not only is smoking harmful to a person’s health, it also becomes an addiction, making it very hard and sometimes impossible for that person wanting to quit. Nicotine can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine for some people. Withdrawal symptoms can be very similar when trying to stop smoking. This can contribute to the reasons cigarette advertisements were banned from television and radio airwaves.
As a result, some people have made the choice not to smoke, but they are still confronted with secondhand smoke. Nonsmokers risk adverse health effects from the smoke of other people’s cigarettes. The threat that secondhand smoke presents is especially insidious because it affects the health of adults and children who cannot always protect themselves. Children do not choose to live in smoke-filled homes, and nonsmoking adults can’t control the smoky air they breathe.
To conclude, it is clear all Americans need to recognize and protect themselves, as well as children, from the harmful effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. They should encourage the smokers in their lives to quit...

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