The Benefits Of Illegalizing Cigarette Smoking Essay

1326 Words Mar 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Maksym Ptakh
Mr. Soheil Heidar-Bozorg
ENG4U
February 8, 2015
The Benefits of Illegalizing Cigarette Smoking in North America
Smokers tend to believe that smoking only brings them harm and that it is their choice to smoke, but unfortunately that is not the case. By smoking cigarettes, the smoker does not only harm him or herself, they harm the world around them as well. Today, about 6 million people worldwide die annually to cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking is known to cause multiple illnesses, such as heart diseases, lung diseases, and sometimes death. In addition, many people fall victim to second-hand smoke, but the ones mainly affected by it are children. Finally, the production of tobacco and its waste are major pollutants to the environment. Cigarette smoking is not just an addiction; it is a crime. Both the people and the environment suffer from cigarette smoking, proving that smoking cigarettes should be made illegal in North America.
By smoking, the smoker puts him or herself at a very high risk of death. Every time a smoker lights a cigarette and smokes, it slowly destroys the person’s lungs. The toxins in cigarettes and cigars cause multiple illnesses such as heart and lung diseases that could eventually lead to death. “Tobacco smoke is a toxic and carcinogenic mixture of more than 5,000 chemicals.”(Talhout et al. 613). In other words, tobacco smoke is a mixture of numerous toxic chemicals that can cause cancer. It consists of three main harmful compounds:…

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