Dangers of Smoking Essay
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For a country in our financial position the general health of Scotland is very poor. In some areas the average life expectancy is as low as 54 years old for men. A major cause of this is smoking. With the young in particular smoking is much more popular than it used to be. In October 2008, it was estimated that one third of 16-24 year olds smoke. This figure is at a 10 year high. In between the ages of 16-19 it is found that girls are more likely to smoke than boys.
This has been recognised as a major issue for the country and there are several things being done to try to stop it, such as the smoking ban in public places which was enforced on March the 26th 2006. It is now illegal to smoke in pubs, clubs and enclosed places. After a…show more content…
There are many dangerous side effects of smoking such as cancer, lung disease, heart failure and much more. There are also some minor effects such as yellow teeth, nicotine stains on fingers, bad breath and your home and body can constantly smell of smoke. Smoking is not only a danger to you but can be to others as well through passive smoking. Inhaling other peoples smoke can cause dizziness, eye irritation, headaches, coughing, nausea and sore throat. It also increases the risk of cot deaths and if a pregnant woman smokes it can affect the baby's development.
In a cigarette there are more than 700 chemical
Additives, some of them can be classed as toxic and are not allowed in food. When lit, a cigarette can reach nearly 2000 degrees Fahrenheit; this helps release 1000's of chemical compounds such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, at least 43 carcinogens and numerous mutagens. These are inhaled into the smoker’s body. The main danger of smoking is nicotine. Nicotine is addictive. It can raise heart rate and blood pressure.
There are many ways to stop smoking. These include nicotine patches, therapy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture and many more. The Government is also making smoking harder and harder to do as they are raising the legal age to 18 and banning smoking adverts in shops. I think that the Government should either raise the price of tobacco or just make tobacco sales illegal altogether. The consequences of smoking
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Should Smoking be banned?
I argue that smoking should not be banned. It is a valuable commodity to our society and is has been essential in shaping our world. Furthermore, don't we as human beings have a choice? Even if it means it may affect our health. Most people believe that smoking is detrimental to your health, and it should be prohibited, because they are trying to save us all. And they are absolutely correct that it damages our health. But there is a lot more to tobacco than that.
Smoking initially was used be the Native Americans. It was a gift from the gods and had mystical properties. It was a way of connecting with the earth. Now after thousands of years people want to stop this connection. While most people who smoke are not aware of tobacco's past, it is still used to this day in ritual smoking. Clyde Kluckholn said. "It is a curious fact that while the Whites took the material tobacco from the Indians they took with it no fragment of the world that accompanied it, nor were they at first aware that there was such a world. After all of the generations that have elapsed since its introduction among the Whites, it has woven itself scarcely at all into their psychology and mythology. Nicotine is enshrined among the Whites only as a drug, as a taste, as a habit, along with the seeking after mild and tasty forms, while the Native peoples make tobacco a heritage from the gods, a strange path which juts from there into this world and leads to the very ends of magic."(Clyde Kluckholn, 1908). Therefore, how can you ban a substance that connects people with the earth?
Tobacco is a very important commodity to our economy as it is the most valuable legal plant per acre. "Tobacco was the seventh largest cash crop overall in the U.S. in 1994, representing just under 3% of the total value for all cash crops and farm commodities. However, at over $4,000 per acre, tobacco is clearly the most valuable crop -- exceeding the combined dollar value per acre for such leading cash crops as wheat, hay, soybeans, corn, cotton, peanuts, and tree-nuts."(From the "Tobacco… Working for America" Website). Also tobacco creates thousands of jobs in America alone, in 1997, 662,402 direct jobs were around because if the industry. Not to mention the direct compensation of $15,161,772,035 (All statistics are from the "Tobacco… Working for America" Website). So if our society decides it wants to stop the consumption of tobacco then thousands of people will be unemployed and billions of revenue will be lost. Can society really do that to the hard working individuals who rely on people smoking?
Whose choice is it to smoke? It our own personal choice. No...
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