Should Cigarette Smoking Be Banned?

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Smoking is an expensive habit. People who smoke cigarettes can spend as much as $2,500 a year on them. Smokers’ claim that it helps relax them and it releases stress but the negative aspects of smoking outweigh the positive. Smoking is a health hazard for smokers and non-smokers. Smokers should have the right to choose what to do with their own health but they should respect non-smokers. Many people believe that there are good and bad outcomes from smoking. I believe that smoking is bad and that it should be banned. Many people think that smoking is a sign of coolness but in fact it damages the body. Cigarettes contain nicotine which is an addictive substance and that is why it is hard for smokers to stop smoking. Smoking can damage the …show more content…

When a smoker wants to smoke they can just step outside and have a cigarette. They can even lie that they do not have anymore cigarettes and they leave. Smoking exercises your lungs, arms, and builds manual dexterity. Smoker’s arms are continuously worked out by the up and down movement. It takes good lungs to smoke well. Lighting a cigarette requires a certain amount of skill. Non-smokers would never know that skill. Many people believe that smoking is bad in many ways. It can lead to diseases such as emphysema and lung cancer. Second hand smoking kills thousands of people every year. “A ban eliminates secondhand smoke, which puts everyone around a smoker at risk. This includes non-smokers who work or live in unhealthy environments, such as waitresses at bars, and children of parents who smoke”(Lockson). Nicotine in cigarettes is addicting and makes it difficult to quit smoking. Cigarettes contain over seven hundred chemical additives. Some of the chemicals are heavy metals, humectants, casting agents, pesticides, and insecticides added into the cigarettes. Tar, carbon, and nicotine are the well-known chemicals in cigarettes. Tar is released when the cigarette is lit and then the tobacco begins to burn. Tar is very harmful because it collects in the lungs and it contributes a great deal to cancer and respiratory diseases. The carbon in the cigarette is also extremely dangerous. The carbon in the cigarette binds with the hemoglobin in the


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