Causes And Harmful Risks Of Smoking In The United States

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About 480,000 Americans die from smoking-related diseases each year, in the United States. Smoking is legal in all 50 states, when its the leading preventable cause of death in the country. Congress prohibits the states from making any new legislation; which act to diminish the big cigarette and tobacco industries, due to its best-connected people in Washington and it’s huge role it plays in the U.S economy. The United States Government must impose a complete ban on all cigarette and tobacco products, due to the harmful risks of secondhand smoke, it creates a pollution crisis for future generations, and causes users of all ages serious health concerns.

Either we as a society change the laws that allow smoking cigarettes in America illegal
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ETS is a mixture of two forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco,also described as secondhand smoke. The two forms created are called mainstream smoke, and sidestream smoke. Mainstream smoke is the smoke exhaled by a smoker. Sidestream smoke is the smoke coming from the lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar. When innocent non-smokers are exposed to secondhand smoke it 's called passive smoking. ETS is a crisis in our country, because when someone lights up in public or in the car, the person not taking part in smoking is breathing in nicotine and toxic chemicals the same way smokers do. Sadly, there 's no safe level of exposure for secondhand smoke. We all been victims of ETS just by casually walking in public around smokers. This is a problem that cannot be ignored any longer. Evidence suggests that secondhand smoke (SHS) is linked to cause cancer in adults and …show more content…
Smokers in the United States account for more than 250 billion cigarette butts every year. If I told you, “cigarettes are the most littered item in America”. Would I be telling you the truth? Yes I would be, infact ⅓ of all smoking related debris is found on U.S. beaches and in rivers and streams. When these cigarette butts are released into the environment they take decades to degrade, because cigarette butts are made of a plastic, called cellulose acetate. Cigarette butts and filters contain the same dangerous chemicals found in a cigarette, including carcinogens and other poisons toxic towards humans. The cigarette butts being flicked out on to the streets are taking a toll on the environment and wildlife. You might be unaware of this, but carelessly discarded cigarette butts are a frequent cause of fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); Last year, U.S fire departments responded to an estimated 90,000 smoking-material fires in the U.S. These fires resulted in an estimated five-hundred and forty American lives lost and $621 million in direct property damage.. In all tobacco growing countries, reports indicate that irrecoverable environmental damage from tobacco agriculture. Tobacco farming industries use deforestation when necessary to increase farmland for tobacco growth and cure tobacco plants. Statistics given by the ‘World Health Organization’ say, an

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