Essay on Ban Addictive Harmful Tobacco Products Should Not Be Plagued

840 Words Dec 6th, 2015 4 Pages
The decision to ban addictive, harmful tobacco products should not be plagued with failed results of past prohibition, fear of job loss or concerns of financial gain. Perpetuating sales of a toxic product such as cigarettes does not serve the greater good of the public and puts monetary gain ahead of national health. Deceptive arguments put forth by profiteers is becoming more apparent and is losing momentum in the justification of the distribution of tobacco products.
The influence of large cooperation is warping the view of the public for self-serving benefits of money and power. Creating toxic clouds of misperception that loom over the head of the consumer, tobacco companies and federal government convincingly state their agenda as profitable while, veiling negative details in its wake. Factors such as, “Estimates of the number of yearly deaths from smoking-related causes exceed 400,000 (about one-sixth of all deaths), and smokers can expect to die 13-14 years earlier than nonsmokers” (Pampel 3), become incidental to their money making scheme. Lacking in concern for promoting healthy living, law makers and tobacco companies choose to obliviously continue the sales of tobacco products at the expense of American lives.
History has shown prohibition to be a failure, specifically with alcohol. Concerns that sales will merely shift into black market or underground exchange is a common falsity generated when considering prohibition, due to past events. Enforcing a ban on…

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