Public smoking Essay

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Smoking in Public
“One thousand Americans stop smoking every day - by dying.”(The Quote Garden). It’s no surprise that smoking is one of the leading causes of death in the nation. There is overwhelming evidence that smoking affects our health. However, when one lights up a cigarette and smokes where other are present, one not only affects his or her own body, but others as well. This refers not only to the inconvenience of someone smoking near you, but also to the affect of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke has to ability to affect ones health, even if they never touch a cigarette! This poses the question whether or not smoking in public places should be legal.
There has been much controversy over this question; whether or not
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Smoking is one of the highest causes of diseases (Harder).
Smoking cigarettes is known for causing many illnesses, such as cancers, diseases, and strokes. Smoking on a daily basis will take ten years from your life! So why do people do it may ask. Some people think it looks cool. Others smoke cigarettes because a family member does it (Hirsch). However, the leading reason why people continue to smoke, even though they know it is affecting their health, is because of nicotine (The Effects). People get addicted to nasty habit of smoking cigarettes from the drug nicotine. This is what causes people to keep coming back for more. Nicotine is a very addictive drug, and after you have it, it makes you crave it more and more. It gives you a “good feeling.” However, when it is absent, the body tells your mind that you need it and without it, you are stuck with a “bad feeling.” This is why quitting smoking cigarettes is one of the hardest addictions to break. These people realize they are affecting their bodies in a negative way (Nicotine Addiction). However, they may not know that when they decide to smoke in a public place, they are not only affecting their own bodies, but also the bodies of others through secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke, just like firsthand smoke, can cause a premature death! Secondhand smoke is often referred to as “passive smoke.”
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