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Cigarette Cigarettes Should Be Illegal

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Yaelle Louk
09/29/17
Smoking Cigarettes Should Be Illegal
Smoking is the inhalation and exhalation of the smoke of burning tobacco. Historically, it was thought that smoking was harmless, but more modern, clinical and laboratory research proves that it is, in fact, extremely dangerous. Tobacco cigarettes should be illegal in the United States due to their plethora of negative effects on the population and the environment. If cigarettes were banned, the country would be a much better place. Pollution, diseases and fatalities would dramatically decrease, while productivity, financial stability and overall health would increase.
Tobacco use is the major cause of preventable and premature death and disease in the United States, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 480,000 smoking-related deaths occur annually in the U.S. (CDC). That means every year, about one out of every five deaths in the U.S. is caused by smoking. According to MedlinePlus, an online medical encyclopedia associated with the National Institutes of Health, cigarette smoke has the potential to harm essentially every organ in the human body. Shockingly, 87 percent of lung cancers would disappear if every person in the U.S. stopped smoking. The NCI reports that smoking is linked to multiple other types of cancer, including cervix, bladder, kidney, pancreas, mouth and throat. Cigarette smoking also causes critical damage to the heart and the cardiovascular system. The American
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