The production and sale of cigarettes not only has a negative impact on human health, it can even cause death. This is the main reason why the production and sale of cigarettes must be prohibited. It’s obviously a big issue today some people, mostly non smokers, are against smoking altogether, while other people think that everybody has the right to buy and smoke cigarettes. Nevertheless, if we look at this issue rationally and logically, and not according to the smokers’ point of view, it is clear that because of it is impact on our health, the production and sale of cigarettes must be forbidden.
Everybody has learned in childhood that smoking is a bad thing, but not everyone knows how dangerous smoking is. Sometimes people who smoke do not even recognize the serious problems smoking can cause. According to the article “Negative Effects of Cigarette Smoking” by Casey Holley, an eHow Contributor, cigarette smoking can cause many serious health problems such as respiratory difficulties. Smoking does great harm to the lungs and heart, smokers can get chronic coughing and asthma and this is the reason why activities like running or walking are very difficult for smokers. Moreover, cigarettes have carcinogens that can cause an extremely serious disease like a lung cancer, mouth cancer and throat cancer. Furthermore, smoking may be the reason to circulatory system problems. Smokers are likely to have an irregular heartbeat, and the risk of a heart attack is
high. People also need to think about social effects. For example, not many people like how cigarette smoke smells, and furthermore, smoking has an effect on possessions, which means that furniture, mirrors, and windows become hazy, and items like clothes, furniture and carpets, absorb the smell of cigarettes.
Surprisingly, smoking has a small positive effect according to the article “Why Smokers Feel Good.” When a person is smoking a cigarette, it stimulates the flow of “feel good” chemicals in his or her brain. That’s why we can say that when a smoker has not smoked for just a couple of days, he or she has a depression but after only one cigarette, a smoker feels good and happy. The addiction to smoking, pleasure derived from smoking and craving of cigarettes are all related to neurochemistry. Even though there is a small positive effect, which is that when a person is smoking it makes him or her happy, it cannot cover over all of the bad effects that smoking causes. Even a famous cigarette company like “Philip Morris International” understands the overall negative health effects that smoking can cause. According to the article “Smoking and Health” which has been published on the Philip Morris website, “Smoking causes many serious diseases.”
Some people say that we also need to keep in mind the financial factor because tobacco companies invest a significant amount of money in the economy of the USA by paying taxes. According to “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” this year, $25.3 billion will be collected from tobacco taxes and legal settlements. At first glance, it seems that the country can lose a huge amount of money if the government of the United States prohibits the production and sale of cigarettes, but this is a mistake. In fact, the United States will lose much more money if cigarettes are still available to the people. According to “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the United States has to spend billions of dollars each year because of tobacco use. To be precise, $193 billion is spent each year, which includes $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in health care expenditures. Moreover, according to the same source, more than $10 billion is a second smoke costs, which also includes health care expenditures, morbidity, and mortality. You do not have to be an outstanding mathematician to calculate the difference between the profit and costs because it can be seen clearly.
Besides the money, there are many more important points. For instance, according to “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” in the United States it is estimated that there are 443,000 deaths each year because of smoking. Tobacco use is the reason to more deaths each year than illegal drug use, alcohol use, HIV, motor vehicle injures, suicides, and murders all together. According to the same source, 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men, 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women and 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking. Smoking also can increase stroke by 2 to 4 times, coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times, lung cancer in men by 23 times, lung cancer in women by 13 times, and death from chronic
obstructive lung disease by 12 to 13 times. People should be aware of the fact that the number one cause of death in the United States is coronary heart disease, which is also caused by smoking. Women especially must know what terrible consequences smoking can have for them. For example, smoking can increase a risk of preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome and even infertility. Furthermore, if we compare women who do not smoke with women that smoke we can see that female smokers have lower bone density and have an increased risk for hip fracture than female non smokers.
Of course there are people who do not agree with the idea that the production and sale of cigarettes should be made illegal. Opponents of this idea claim that every person has the right to buy and smoke cigarettes because it is part of their freedom. If the production and sale of cigarettes stops, people will lose the availability to buy cigarettes legally. It will be a big problem. Today we can see that in many places smoking is prohibited and smokers really do not like it. For example, one weekend,
I was talking with my friend about a place to go, and I suggested a good place, but he refused because smoking is prohibited there. Smokers have got to understand that when they are smoking, they not only harm their health, but they also harm others who are located within walking distance of them. There is a term “passive smoking” which basically means that when a smoker is surrounded by other people, they inhale harmful substances. Moreover non smokers have got to have the right to inhale fresh and not poisoned air, which is very significant. Who wants to bring their children to a place which is full of smoke from cigarettes? I suppose no one is willing to do that. Actually a lot of smokers know the fact that smoking causes many diseases
but, as I see it, they just really do not want to think about the consequences. Clearly, ignoring this problem is not going to resolve it. Supporters of the idea that the production and sale of cigarettes should be made illegal are very persuasive. First
of all parents, do not want that their children would smoke for obvious reasons, even if we ask some smokers a question: Would you like that your kids smoke? Their answer would probably be “no” because every parent wishes only the best for their children.
Eventually smoking is a very bad example for kids and youth because when they see adults smoking everywhere, it begins to seem to them that it is normal and they will probably start to imitate this kind of behavior, which is harmful to them.
If we summarize the above, we can see that the production and sale of cigarettes should be made illegal as soon as possible. Everyone knows that smoking is a bad thing for many medical reasons but as we, also can see, unfortunately, there are some people who do not want to take this issue seriously. Probably, while you are reading this paper, dozens of people have already died because of cigarettes, which is sad. People should be more responsible for their health and the health of their loved ones before it is too late.