Tobacco Smoking Essay

1794 words - 7 pages

Smoking is an activity that has been around for many years for people to use and adapt into their lifestyle. It is a tool that many people use to help reduce the stresses of life and put them in a comfortable position that enables them to cope with the hectic lifestyle they are living. However, smoking has been scientifically proven to cause many types of cancer, the most common being lung cancer resulting in numerous deaths across the United States. According to WHO (World Health Organization), "Smoking is a greater cause of death and disability than any single disease". Evidently, the benefits and drawbacks of smoking have been debated for many years, and only recently have some countries have placed a ban in public places such as Britain and the United States. However, to prevent the costs of smoking from rising and causing a larger number of deaths around the U.S, strict measures would need to be taken. I believe that the production of cigarettes should be banned across the U.S to prevent any diseases from occurring which would save thousands of lives.
As mentioned before, numerous diseases have been associated with smoking. Diseases such as lung cancer, mouth cancer, and throat cancer (WHO) are just a few that have been mentioned. Other diseases include: Peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, coronary heart disease, coronary thrombosis (WHO) and a variety of other diseases that show how smoking is causing more harm than good. In my opinion, smoking is causing a lot of harm to our world. The reason why all these diseases are occurring is due to the narrowing of the arteries around the body and the prevention of oxygen and blood from going through according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The nicotine content in smoking causes an increase in cholesterol levels, which mixes with the other fats in the body to block the arteries. This blockage prevents oxygen from reaching the tissues in the body and inevitably resulting in a specific disease (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). It can stain your teeth and gums, resulting in yellow teeth and bad breath which can affect your social life. It can cause sexual problems for men by reducing the amount of sperm they can produce. It has also been proven that smoking causes aging of skin (Holahan), because the skin is deprived of blood. Pregnant women should not even try to smoke cigarettes during their 9 months because of the harm it could do to the baby and themselves. The affects of smoking on women and the child during pregnancy are as follows: high possibility of miscarriage, pregnancy complications and possible death of the baby according to World Health Organization. These are just a small variety of facts on smoking and how dangerous it can be, yet millions of people across the U.S choose to smoke anyways, without realizing the harm it can doing to their bodies. For secondhand smokers, the same principle applies. I have personally seen many of my friends...

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