In the United States, when a disease is rapid, many steps are taken to reduce causes and find cures for the disease; walks, fundraisers, commercials and research are held by those that are committed to assist in the elimination of these diseases and the treatment of the sick. The leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory disease. The most deadly origin of disease is cigarette smoking. A cigarette contains many harmful chemicals that damage the smokers’ body as well as the people that surround the smoker. Its negative impacts regarding health carry more burdens than what some may say is the “positive” social outcome of smoking. Tobacco was originally used as a heavy sedative during tribal times and never used as a form of leisure. Cigarettes should be made illegal in the United States because of the outcomes it constructs regarding both physical and environmental health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 443,000 people die sooner from diseases caused by smoking cigarettes or from secondhand smoking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also stated that approximately another 8.6 million people have serious illnesses caused by cigarette smoking. Cigarettes contain arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and 43 known carcinogens (Brandt). Urea, a component found in urine, is also added to cigarettes to add flavor.
Each year more Americans die from cigarette smoking than homicide, AIDS, drugs abuse and car accidents combined (Health Effects). Despite this tragic fact, cigarettes are the most widely advertised item in America. Many Americans are now aware of this fact and will try to stop smoking. However nicotine is highly addictive and only about one and ten will succeed. What happens to the other nine? There is no rehab for cigarette smokers. They want to stop hurting themselves and if the government made cigarettes illegal then the choice to stop smoking would be an easier to accomplish. It’s possible for cigarettes to kill ten million people by the year 2020, if cigarettes were made illegal think of all of the lives that could be saved.
Cigarettes are highly addictive, which is mainly due to the ingredient nicotine. Tobacco is contains thousands of different chemicals and at least 50 of them are known carcinogens and many of the other ingredients are poisonous. Nicotine is a hard habit to quit, more than half of smokers say they wish they could quit yet despite the gum, patches and other remedies many cannot. Imagine waking up every day, smoking a cigarette, and knowing that you’re adversely affecting everything that surrounds you. Imagine feeling horrible about smoking but have a greater need to satisfy your nicotine addiction. Imagine seeing your young child cough upon inhalation of secondhand smoke and knowing that they too are inhaling the poisonous and carcinogenic compounds.