Smoking is causes more cases of cancer and heart disease than anything else in America, yet is done only by choice.
Cigarettes are loaded with numerous chemicals that cause cancer, also known as carcinogens, such as nicotine, benzene, formaldehyde, methanol, acetylene and ammonia.
In 1966, the American Health Association mandated that cigarettes have a label on the package that states “Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health” (Center for Disease Control). Ever since then more warnings and risks are continuously added to cigarette packages. With several different diseases and conditions that are obtained from smoking, the labels state that the product is basically poison.
If the government really cared about the general health of this country, it would ban cigarettes. Banning cigarettes would help the country decrease overall healthcare costs, people would be able to spend their cigarette money more wisely, and it would reduce not only the level of greenhouse gases, but also the amount of toxins in the butts of cigarettes that littering smokers leave when dropping cigarettes.
People are not born smokers; it is a habit that takes time to develop. Prior to smoking ones first cigarette, many people have not been exposed to that amount of poison before. Several studies, including one by the Center for Disease Control, states that smoking is the number one preventable cause of death. Dying from a totally preventable action might as well be called suicide because people are basically killing themselves with a smokable poison.
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