Smoking should be illegal Essay

Submitted By Adamharkay
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Hi, today I’m going to be talking to you about why smoking should be illegal in the United States. Well, first of all, what is smoking? Smoking is a practice in which a substance, most commonly tobacco, is burned and the smoke is tasted or inhaled. The most common method of smoking today is through cigarettes, primarily industrially manufactured but also hand-rolled from loose tobacco and rolling paper. Other smoking implements include pipes, cigars, hookahs, vaporizers, and bongs. It has been suggested that smoking-related disease kills one half of all long term smokers but these diseases may also be contracted by non-smokers. A 2007 report states that about 4.9 million people worldwide die each year as a result of smoking.
The physical harm of smoking includes the risk of mouth cancer, throat cancer, and lung cancer. Other physical damages include:
• Aged eye area: Smoking can damage and destroy eye cells.
• Wrinkled, shriveled up lips: Smoking zaps all of the collagen and elastins from your skin.
• Stained teeth: Smoking stains the teeth. Smokers are also more likely to lose teeth, have plaque buildup, and lose part of the jawbone.
• Dull, lifeless hair: Smokers are up to four times more likely to have these problems with their hair. They starve the hair of oxygen and make it dull, lifeless and brittle and in the long run, it contributes to hair loss, premature graying and balding.
• Appearance of an aged body: The fingers will eventually get stained by an ugly yellow tinge and the skin ages all across the body, most often seen in the sagging of the upper inner arms.
• 1 in 13 or 6.9% of smokers will die from lung cancer.
• 1 in 5 or 10-15% of nonsmokers will die from lung cancer from second-hand smoke.
• 1 in 4 or 19% of smokers will die from throat cancer.
• 1 in 12 or 5.2% of nonsmokers will die from throat cancer from second-hand smoke.
• 1 in 7 or 57% of smokers will die from mouth cancer.
• 1 in 18 or 30% of non smokers will die from mouth cancer from second-hand smoke.
Smoking not only affects the smoker’s health, it also greatly influences the surrounding atmosphere. Smoke and cigarette butts affect the environment the most, resulting in air, water and land pollution. Even the production of cigarettes influences the environment a lot. All smokers think that by smoking they are only damaging their health. They are ignorant about the fact that their smoking is indirectly affecting the health of others. They are one of the direct contributors to environmental pollution.
• Air Pollution: Smoking causes air pollution. Approximately 4000 chemicals