There are many people who smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products every day. Do you think they really know all the dangers associated with smoking tobacco products? There are so many resources out there that inform people of all the dangers. There are many negative effects associated with the consumption of tobacco, from difficulty breathing and damage to the lungs to being the main risk factor for lung cancer. The only way to help people is by completely banning cigarettes and tobacco products because they do more harm than good.
The use of tobacco products is increasing, especially among young people. Many feel that it is a stress reliever or simply enjoy the feeling. In 2014, the electronic cigarette became the most used tobacco product among Middle school and high school students in the US, surpassing the traditional cigarette. During 2002-2012, the number of youth and young adults who tried smoking cigarettes for the first time rose from 1. 9 to 2. 3 million during the last year. There are many risks associated with smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products.
It impairs breathing and our lungs and takes part in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Every cigarette harms breathing and the lungs. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a disease that worsens over time and causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and other symptoms. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, smoking also causes emphysema, which is a condition in which the walls between the air sacs in the lungs lose their ability to stretch and shrink. Then, lung tissue is destroyed and breathing becomes difficult or impossible.
Chronic bronchitis is also caused by smoking. Chronic bronchitis causes inflammation of the lining of the bronchi. When that happens, less air flows to and from the lungs, again, making it very difficult to breathe. Smoking also affects people who have asthma, tuberculosis and pneumonia. Smoking definitely causes lung damage and impairs breathing. Aside from the damages of tobacco on breathing, it also contains carcinogens. According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco smoke consists of more than 7,000 chemicals, including over 70 known to cause cancer.
Some of the chemicals in tobacco smoke include: cyanide, ammonia, nicotine, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, arsenic and many more. Cigarette smoking is the main risk factor for lung cancer which is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women, but is also the most preventable cancer in the world. Unfortunately, in 2014, there were an estimated 159. 260 deaths from lung cancer. Although tobacco is not the only cause of lung cancer, it would be better for their health if people stopped inhaling these chemicals.
It is amazing how many people inhale all those toxic substances. For a while, when I was younger, I thought that people were completely oblivious to what they were putting into their bodies, but then I realized that’s not always the case. My cousin had a time in which he smoked cigarettes every day. He bought box after box and we all told him it was very bad for his health, but still, he continued to smoke. I realized that he continued to smoke, not because he didn’t know what cigarettes contain, but because he could not stop.
He had become addicted to cigarettes, the nicotine, and that is the case with many people. According to the Department of Health and Human Services of the US, when you use tobacco products, nicotine is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Within 10 seconds of entering the body, nicotine reaches the brain and causes the brain to release adrenaline, creating a dizziness of pleasure and energy. The dizziness fades quickly and leaves you tired, a little depressed, and eager for that dizziness again. That feeling is what makes one light up the next cigarette.
Banning cigarettes and other tobacco products would be a great idea due to the harmful side effects and causes tobacco does for the health. Tax increase would help to ban the product. According to the Cancer Council of Australia, it has been one of the most effective control strategies of tobacco in Australia, and globally. If there were a tax increase the cost of cigarettes and other tobacco products would be more expensive, and therefore could re luce the number er of people willing to buy cigarettes and other products.
Then that would cause a reduction in the need to make more cigarettes, and finally, such products could be banned or eliminated. Educating people of all the damages that tobacco causes through brochures and seminars would open many people’s eyes to see how bad tobacco is. Graphic images of damaged lungs and graphic videos of chronic smokers tend to leave a negative image in the mind that is associated with smoking. There are many commercials that shows a skinny, bald, sick man in a wheelchair. The man stated he could not stop smoking despite doctor’s recommendations, and because of his smoking habit, he was now breathing through a tube.
This was very graphic, but it was realistic and opened people’s eyes, so it would do the same for many more. I think there are many strong arguments for why snuff products, such as cigarettes should be banned. Such products are extremely harmful to one’s health and should not be sold to humans. It is understandable that not everyone shares the same opinion, but really, it is the best way to go because, tobacco products do more harm than good and people should do all that they can to keep these products out of our stores.