Should Cigarette Smoking Be Banned?

1376 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
The United States Surgeon General’s report stated that cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer death in the United States. This statement is so true today. Smoking a cigarette is an acquired behavior and that makes it the most preventable cause of death in our society. Cigarettes contain nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. The main ingredient in cigarettes is tobacco. The nicotine in cigarettes is very addictive and when smoke containing nicotine is inhaled into the lungs, the nicotine reaches your brain in less than six seconds. Addiction to nicotine also poses very serious health risks. With all the toxic ingredients contained in cigarettes, cigarette smoking is not only harmful to smokers but to nonsmokers. When you are smoking a cigarette you are not the only one being harmed so cigarette smoking should be banned because it is harmful to those smoking and those who chose not to. Smoking is responsible for several diseases like cancer, long-term respiratory diseases, and heart disease. It can also result in premature death. Approximately 443,000 people die in the United States each year because of smoking. On average smokers die at least ten years sooner than non-smokers. Smoking causes all types of cancer with lung cancer being the most popular. 90% of lung cancer patients got their disease because of smoking. Lung cancer is the most common causes of cancer deaths in the world. As well…
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