What Are The Seriousness Of Tobacco

The Seriousness of Tobacco
The use of tobacco has been a common practice among Americans and people all over the world. Smoking tobacco was extremely popular during the early parts of the 20th century. It was so common that soldiers would often receive cigarettes as part of their ration in World War II. People did not understand the negative effects of cigarettes until the 1980s. The use of tobacco products, smoking and non smoking, have slowly declined since that time, but doctors keep finding more evidence as to how harmful it can be. People still continue to consume tobacco products even if they are not the only people affected. Tobacco products should have greater restrictions on where and when they can be consumed.
Tobacco is a plant
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The tobacco industry, also known as Big Tobacco, has been so successful because it is so addictive and it is a global industry because can be grown nearly all climates. has been accused of targeting minorities and youth. According to An article titled Florida Youth Tell Big Tobacco: I am Not a 'Replacement ' “Numerous internal tobacco industry documents show that tobacco companies perceive young people as an important target and develop products and marketing campaigns aimed at them" (Florida Youth Tell Big Tobacco). Other non tobacco related companies have been marketing some of their food containers to look as if it were a tobacco canister. Jack Link 's beef jerky chew is in a canister and shredded up like chewing tobacco. Big League Chew is sweet or sour flavored gum for kids to chew. It is in a pouch like some types of chewing tobacco and cut into long thin strips to make it look more like tobacco. Candy cigarettes are also a very common candy that gets kids thinking, at a very young age, that these harmful substances are not that bad. The majority American youth are so influenced by peer pressure and negative parts of the media that the possibility of smoking dying out is unlikely. More smoking bans and regulations would help this …show more content…
Less secondhand smoke would fill the lungs of bystanders and it would lessen the amount of times smokers can light up. In an article about smoking bans, “Many smokers who are trying to quit have found that bans have aided in this effort by ‘de-normalizing’ the behavior and limiting the places they are allowed to light up”(Rich 3). Some bans, like this one, are helping save lives by helping people quit smoking and reducing the possibility of lung cancer. The government also has been trying to ban smoking in public housing. A ban like this would improve the health of over 760,00 children and help housing agencies save millions of dollars in healthcare, repairs and preventable fires (Markon 18). Any kind of ban on tobacco could increase the health of the general population and allow for a cleaner environment.
Although many people argue that the government should not be able to regulate what substances enter the body, the government already does this with illegal drugs like cocaine, heroine, and many other substances. The main reason tobacco was legal was because people did not know the harmful effects. The people across the world did not know how bad tobacco was for people until the late 20th century. Tobacco companies lied to he people for years knowing how bad their product really was. “In 1998 the tobacco industry settled for 246 billion

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