Stop Smoking

Smoking is an epidemic and it should be banned!

Before we begin...

Smoking is responsible for 300 thousand early deaths yearly, and heavy smokers have a great risk of heart attacks, strokes, and are prone to chronic cough(Gano 10). Smokers are also prone to many types of cancers including larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, and stomach cancer(Landau 7). Having the lifestyle of a smoker will eventually kill you.

Claim

Smoking should be outlawed in the United States. Smoking is the leading cause of death in the United States and the cost of smoking is very high.

Why is it dangerous?

In one cigarette alone there are 4,000 chemicals (Landu 27). Out of the 4,000 there are 43 chemicals that are linked with causing cancer(Landu 5). Nicotine is one of the main ingredients in cigarettes. Nicotine affects the brain in 7 seconds(Landu 22), increases mental alertness(Landu 33), and restricts blood flow to the heart( Landu 10). All of these side effects cause strokes(Landu 20), heart attacks(Landu 18), and many different types of cancers.

Why stop smoking?

Quitting Smoking Timeline

How much does smoking cost?

The price per cigarette carton has increased a huge amount over the past 40 years. In 1970 the cost of a cigarette cartons was 38 cents and the tax on a single carton was 18 cents. Since then the cost of smoking sharply rose to 5 dollars and 62 cents with a 2 dollar 35 cent tax in 2011. Cigarette prices are increasing because of the government's push to prevent smoking. Research shows that a 10% increase in cigarette reduces the amount of people smoking by 4%. States such as California have one of the best smoking prevention programs in the United States therefore they have saved 86 billion in health care costs between 1989 and 2004(CDC).

A pack a day or a Ferrari?

A Pack a Day or a Ferrari? - The Cost of Smoking Cigarettes

Conclusion

People should stop smoking because it is the leading cause of death and because the cost of smoking is very high. If people stop smoking the death toll of people who die from lung cancer and other smoking related cancers will cease to exist. The price of health care will drop saving you money from your health care costs and cigarette carton costs. In conclusion, people should stop smoking to save money and to protect their health.

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