Smoking affects the population, causes premature deaths and is a substantial financial burden to society. The CDC reports that 46 million Americans age 18 years and older smoke cigarettes, 443,000 smoking-related deaths occur annually in the U.S.
Cigarettes need to be illegal everywhere. Smoking has to become illegal for people’s own good. There are many deaths a year in different states from smoking, which needs to stop. According to livestrong.com, “Deaths attributed to smoking varied from state to state during the years 2000 to 2004, with Alaska reporting 492 deaths and California reporting 36,687 deaths notes the CDA.
” This evidence proves this point by explaining there are a lot of deaths each year from smoking, cigarettes need to be illegal because of how much they kill people and bring down the population. Also, cigarettes cause a lot of health problems which will eventually lead up to death. According to livestrong.com, “Annually, one in every five deaths in the U.S is related to smoking, due to conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, lung cancer and emphysema, according to the CDC website. This piece of evidence proves this point by explaining how many health problems there are from smoking and saying that it’s one in every five deaths.Cigarettes need be illegal to save more money. The United States spends a lot of money each year on cigarettes.
According to Infogram.com, it says “The Society of Actuaries reported in 2006, that secondhand smoke costs the U.S.
around $10 billion a year.” It also says “According to the CDC, this burden continues to rise, with approximately $193 billion spent annually in the United States—$97 billion from lost productivity and $96 billion due to smoking-related healthcare costs, respectively. This evidence proves this point by paying $10 billion a year is a lot of money, and the U.S could be using that much money for something more important instead of spending the money on cigarettes.
Smoking cigarettes can harm other people. Secondhand smoke affects others and pollutes the environment. According to Livestrong.com, it says “According to the Environmental Protection Agency, children are susceptible to the effects of secondhand smoke because they are growing and developing.
” It also says “Children exposed to secondhand smoke have increased risks of sudden infant death syndrome, middle ear infection, asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis.” This evidence proves this point by saying smoking can not only affect your own body it can affect other people such as children who are around you.Some critics see smoking bans as a violation of one’s personal liberty. They argue that people should have the autonomy to decide on what kind of lifestyle they will have.
If cigarettes will be reduced, this would mean fewer taxes and lesser revenue for the government. Business owners argue that restricting smoking in more restaurants and coffee shops, can drive customers away and this can be harmful to businesses.Some critics see smoking bans as a violation of one’s personal liberty.They say that it should be a personal choice. I disagree on this point because if cigarettes would be illegal everywhere, all business will have to be smoke-free, so it wouldn’t affect the customers and the tax. Also, though it is a personal choice, people sometimes harm others when smoking in public.
Cigarettes need to be illegal completely. Overall, since there are multiple deaths each year, a lot of money going to waste because of cigarettes, and not only affects the person smoking but can also cause other people around them who aren’t smoking. Therefore, cigarettes need to be illegal. Everywhere should be smoke-free and if someone smokes in public, they will be let off with a warning the first time. It would help the public, less pollination in the air, and would make everyone live healthier lives.