Essay about The Major Public Health Concern of Tobacco

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The Major Public Health Concern of Tobacco

Now, more than ever, more and more people are beginning to look at tobacco use as a major public health concern. It is nineteen ninety nine, and the number of smokers is rising while the average age of smoking initiation decreases. There are those that believe using tobacco of any type should be illegal, or at least restricted. Others believe it is up to the person to choose whether to use tobacco products or not, however most of these people believe tobacco companies should warn their customers of their products harmful affects. History Tobacco has been used since before our nation was colonized. During the seventeenth century, many British settlers earned their living in America from
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In Wisconsin and Nebraska, possession of tobacco was illegal. All states banned the sale of tobacco to children. Despite the prohibitions placed on tobacco in the eighteen nineties, by the first World War, negativity towards tobacco began to fade. The lack of scientific evidence that smoking was harmful at the beginning of the century, and the war effort increased the demand for cigarettes. People only suspected the addictiveness of Nicotine, but could not prove it. It was not until the mid nineteen fifties that smoking was linked to lung cancer and other illnesses. Also at this time, the Tobacco Institute was created. The Tobacco Institute is a lobby, or organization that seeks to influence lawmakers for their own benefit. Today in the nineties, tobacco is legal but restricted depending on where you go. Tobacco sales are restricted to minors, some places have banned vending machines, most have banned sale and use of tobacco in schools, and even more have prohibited the sale of single cigarettes, or free samples of cigarettes. Arguments for tobacco Since our nation was founded we have prided ourselves in the right and ability of our people to make their own decisions and be responsible for their own actions. There are those in our nation that believe tobacco should be prohibited. These people feel that the free use and sale of tobacco infringes on their rights in some way. Others, smokers and non-smokers alike, feel that trying to stop every
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