Quite a few people smoke cigarettes all around the
world on a daily basis. Although, production and sale of cigarettes contribute
to a country’s economy it may actually be argued that should production and sale
of cigarettes be made illegal? More and more people are arguing on this topic
over the years. For one reasons, cigarette smoke contains 4000+ chemicals which
harm our body. Secondly, cigarette affects our body’s respiratory system
drastically. Lastly, it financially affects a person due to the addiction
towards it. I believe that manufacturing of cigarettes should be illegal for
the benefits to humans.
First of all, cigarette smoke contains over 4000
chemicals which harm our body in some or the other way. One of those chemicals
is Benzene. In cigarettes, Benzene is used as an adhesive to seal the paper.
According to research, it is found that exposure to Benzene causes cancer of
the blood cells. Along with chemicals there are also various toxic gases
present. Carbon Monoxide is found in cigarette smoke. It can quickly kill
people due to exposure in large quantity. Carbon Monoxide is the gas released
in car exhausts. Carbon Monoxide is produced in cigarette when the tobacco and
paper burn. There are many other toxic gases present such as Hydrogen Cyanide,
Butane and Methane.
In addition, production and sale of cigarettes should
be made illegal as cigarette smoking has no medical value whatsoever. Cigarette
contains heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, beryllium, chromium,
nickel and arsenic. According to the US National Cancer Institute, exposure to
these metals can lead to various types of cancer. The filter used in cigarette
is made out of Vinyl Chloride. When the smoke passes through the filter Vinyl
Chloride is also picked up on the way. This chemical increases the chance of
brain, liver and lung cancer, as well as leukemia and lymphoma.
Furthermore, smoking cigarettes not only damages the
body’s respiratory system’s protective mechanic but continue to assault it.
There are many more risks caused by cigarette smoking which include diseases
such as Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema. These diseases block the path through
which oxygen enters the main blood stream to the heart. In minor cases, it can
lead to the pulmonary (name associated to lungs) artery to narrow in terms of
lumen width. Apart from the damage to the smoker, the people who are in the
surrounding of the individual are also at a risk of these diseases. The smoke
exhaled by the individual’s mouth is actually worse than what he breathes.
There are many kids and teenagers affected due to this reason. Cigarette
smoking is also one of the reasons of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) also known
as heart attack or cardiac arrest. According to a survey, if a woman smokes
during pregnancy the danger is passed onto the offspring.
Finally, nicotine present in cigarettes make it worse.
Nicotine is a drug which is a substance that causes an addiction towards
cigarettes. Once you start smoking, it’s difficult to quit! By lighting up
twenty cigarettes a day, smokers end up wasting $2041 on an average per annum
even after choosing a cheap brand. There is also long term financial impacts as
the problems caused by cigarette smoking require a large amount to be cured. An
individual can save $7.5 to $12.6 a week by quitting the habit. It also
distracts an individual from their job.
Some people ignore the negative impact of cigarette
smoking. They believe that there are no health problems caused by it. Research
and science justifies all of the risk involved in cigarette smoking. It is
difficult to stop smoking in a snap but reducing some number daily/weekly will
certainly do the job. But stopping it is necessary in a longer period of time.
Still the main problem is that the damaged caused even by smoking one cigarette
Keeping people free from health problems, stopping the
addiction and wastage of money are strong reasons to make production and sale
of cigarettes illegal. Every day that goes without making them illegal means
that people will continue to face problem regarding their health. Let’s make
production and sale of cigarettes illegal as soon as possible!