Imagine all of the people that die in accidents such as car crashes, fires, falls, and poisoning each year. If you add all of these together and then multiply that number by four, you get the number of people that die because of smoking each year! Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Each year more than 480,000 people die because of smoking. This is just one of the many reasons why I believe that cigarette smoking should be banned in public areas. I will argue this point in three ways. First, I will argue that the health effects of smoking are so harmful that cigarettes should not be allowed in public areas. Next, I will argue that the negative effects go beyond just health, but to the money of people affected by smoking as well. Finally, I will argue that smoking should be banned because it is becoming the cool thing to do in our culture.
The health effects of smoking cigarettes are so severe that there is no reason why they should be legal in public places. Smoking is very harmful to the health of the smoker in more ways than one would think. Smoking affects almost every organ in the entire body and can cause cancer in most of them. Smoking can also cause several other terrible diseases such as Cardiovascular Disease and Respiratory Disease. Smoking also causes many different forms of cancer. Smoking causes bladder, blood (acute myeloid leukemia), cervix, colon and rectum (colorectal), esophagus, kidney and ureter, larynx, liver, oropharynx (includes parts of the throat, tongue, soft palate, and the tonsils), pancreas, stomach, trachea, bronchus, and lung cancer. As you can see, smoking is especially harmful to the health of the smoker.
Quitting can dramatically reduce the possible health effects that come from smoking that would be extremely harmful to the body. Within one year of quitting, risks of cardiovascular disease and heart attack plummet. Within 2 to 5 years of quitting, risks of stroke drop to the same probability of nonsmokers. Within 5 years of quitting, risks of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer drop by 50%. After 10 years of quitting smoking, chances of getting lung cancer also drops by 50%. If smoking was banned, the health risks of smokers would be diminished greatly.
Secondhand smoke is also more harmful than one would think it would be. Secondhand smoke is almost as harmful as smoking itself. Secondhand smoke causes about 34,000 premature deaths a year just from Cardiovascular Disease. These deaths were a result of heart defects developed because of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke can also develop several other harmful diseases. Among these are lung cancer and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Lung cancer developed from secondhand smoke causes about 7,300 deaths each year. SIDS is the leading cause of death in babies that would have been healthy otherwise.
Second hand smoke can be extremely harmful to the health of children specifically. Studies show that children who were...