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Against Tobacco Essay

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Against Tobacco
“How-To” suicide kits are readily available all across the country. They are inexpensive and easy to purchase at the young age of eighteen! Sounds ridiculous, right? Maybe. Maybe not. I am referring to tobacco products. They are among some of the top selling products in our country, and a large contributor to our cancer epidemic. Disturbingly enough, the government does nothing to prevent it! Tobacco products have been scientifically linked to cause life-threatening illnesses for their users and anyone around them. Studies show the large impact that these products also have on our countries ever-rising pollution rate. Why haven’t any actions taken place to prevent such things from reoccurring? How can our government sit back and condone the use of this drug, which is so blatantly bad for people? The answer is simple; money. Our country would rather put the lives of its citizens at huge risk than sacrifice the loss it would suffer from banning the use of tobacco products.
It seems to be a common belief among people in the United States that cigarette butts are somehow not a form of littering. The United States, along with the rest of the world, are accountable for throwing more than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts out each year (Environmental Pollution). The butts of cigarettes are undeniably small, but with a number like that, the pollution definitely builds up. Dr. Thomas Novotny of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “smokers may not consider that a cigarette butt is litter, but these waste products seem to be ubiquitous.'' (Environmental Pollution). Although the paper from cigarettes is biodegradable, their filters are not. When the filters are so carelessly thrown out of the car, or tossed on the corner of a sidewalk, the chemicals from these non-biodegradable butts absorb into the ground. Giovanni Invernizzi, of the Tobacco Control Unit of Italy's National Cancer Institute, put forth a study to see just how much air pollution is produced from tobacco. The results were unbelievable! According to the study, just three cigarettes can cause more air pollution than the exhaust from a diesel car! The study compared levels of air pollution particles produced by cigarettes with those coming from a late-model "eco-diesel" engine. Microscopic particles in the air, known as fine particulate matter, measure less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, around the same measurements of smoke particles from cigarettes. The study showed that the particles from the cigarettes produced up to ten times the amount of particle pollution as the automobile (Smoking- Air Pollution). Tobacco is already widely known for its possible health risks, but its newly found factor in air pollution has come as a shock to all. "Even health personnel are...

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