It is common knowledge now that smoking is bad, so we should not do it, right? Not necessarily,

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It is common knowledge now that smoking is bad, so we should not do it, right? Not necessarily, there are many things that are bad for us but we still do them anyways such as eating fast food. Everyone knows anything that has been deep fried is horrible for your health but we still do it because we like it, and the same goes for smoking. Like other things, smoking can be acceptable in moderation. But some may question this because smoking not only hurts the one smoking, but others around them. There are ways for nonsmokers to avoid smokers and there are ways for smokers to avoid nonsmokers. People just need to try and change things rather than sit around and complain about it. Why should something such as smoking, which is a personal…show more content…
According to the National Cancer Institute, about 250 chemicals in secondhand smoke, of the 7,000, are known to be harmful and seventy of them can cause cancer (Johnson). “The study of 11 moderately dependent cigarette smokers and 13 nonsmokers found 1 hour of secondhand smoke in an enclosed space resulted in nicotine reaching the brain, in smokers and nonsmokers alike, to bind nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that are normally targeted by direct exposure to tobacco smoke. Secondhand smoke also evoked cravings among the smokers, suggesting that it may deliver a priming dose of nicotine to the brain that contributes to continued cigarette use in smokers” (Hampton). These are just some of the effects of secondhand smoke, the list goes on. It is made clear simply from the list I have compiled that secondhand smoke it just as bad as smoking itself and it is understandable for someone to want to ban cigarettes. The child who died from secondhand smoke did not choose to smoke nor inhale it from his or her parents, along with thousands of other people who die due to exposure to secondhand smoke. It is tragic that people do die from secondhand smoke when they are not choosing to smoke but the smokers are harmed even more. Smoking does not just affect the lungs, it can affect the mouth and larynx and cause cancer in these areas as well (Yanbaeva). The smoke in the lungs causes inflammation which leads to cytokines being released which draw in

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