.. longer you are not smoking, the less of a chance you will have to get cancer or other health problems from tobacco products (American Thoracic Society 23). How can the benefits of smoking out weight the risks involved, especially when it involves innocent children? These children are the future of the world and if they smoke, there life expectancy will diminish greatly with every cigarette they smoke. If the children die, then we, the human race, have no future. Richard DeGrandpre contends that nicotine is not an addictive drug in tobacco products (39).
The nicotine in tobacco has met the criteria for it to be a highly addictive and toxic drug to people who use it (Douglas 34). The youth of today are becoming smokers more and more everyday (Bonnie 24). Statistics have proven that underage smoking has been rising. In 1993, statistics proved that there were more than three million children smoking in the United States (Bonnie 24). The tobacco companies contend that nicotine is not addictive, however, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have released numerous reports on the addictiveness of nicotine (Douglas 34).
Smoking is inhaling and exhaling of smoke from a tobacco product (Smoking 430). Look, nicotine is used to kill insects and parasites, just think about what is doing to the body of smokers. A smoker may start out just smoking a couple cigarettes a day, but the more the person smokes the higher their dependency on nicotine gets (Douglas 34). Just like other drugs, the user develops a tolerance which causes them to use more to get the effect he/she wants (Douglas 34). This is how the government connects nicotine to other drugs, because of its addictiveness.
Nicotine has been classified as a habit-forming drug (Keyishian 14). Nicotine is not the only ingredient that is bad for the human body. There are many other harmful chemicals in cigarettes such as arsenic, ammonia, carbon monoxide, methane, acetone, and many more (Douglas 33). These chemicals can be very dangerous in large quantities by themselves. I cannot see how anyone can smoke something with so many harmful chemicals in it. Every person that smokes or breathes in smoke from tobacco products are killing themselves whether it is their choice or not.
My opponents state that the government has shaded statistics to make smoking less acceptable. I do not understand how anyone can shade statistical information. Studies have proven how bad tobacco products are for tobacco users and non-tobacco users. Over thirty-seven thousand nonsmokers die of heart-disease each year (Garrision 45). It is estimated that over thirteen thousand non-smokers die from other cancers each year (Garrision 45). Between one hundred and fifty thousand and three hundred thousand cases of lower respiratory-tract infections for children under eighteen months were reportedly linked to secondhand smoke exposure (Garrison 45).
The Environmental Protection Agency did a study of women who lived with a smoker and those women are 1.19 times more likely to get lung cancer. A female smoker is ten times more likely to get lung cancer than a nonsmoking female. A male smoker is about twenty times more likely to get lung cancer than a nonsmoking male (Sullum 53). The Center for Disease Control (CDC), did a study on the cigarettes used most by teenagers. The results were that teenagers smoke the most advertised brand of cigarettes (Bailey 74).
The statistical data from government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Disease Control, and the Environmental Protection Agency is hard concrete facts about the effects of smoking on the human body. As you can see, there is more than enough evidence to support the Food and Drug Administrations claim of serious health risks from tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration wants to be able to regulate tobacco advertising so it may cut down on the number of teens that start smoking each year. Study after study has proven that with smoking comes major health risks. Even people that do not smoke are at risk of these heath problems. Statistics do not lie, one thousand people die everyday from tobacco or tobacco related illnesses. Statistical data can not be altered in any way nor can they be shaded by anyone.
Tobacco products are not going to go away for good, however the Food and Drug Administration should be given the authority to regulate the advertising of tobacco companies. The only product the Food and Drug Administration can not regulate is the manufacture, sale, packaging, and distribution of tobacco products (Douglas 33). If the advertisements can be cut down, then many teenagers will not be influenced to try them as much as they are now. Given this compromise, the tobacco companies will still get money from the people that are already addicted, but it will greatly reduce the amount of money they make each year. Tobacco products are always going to be around, but I hope that the Food and Drug Administration will be able to regulate them for the safety of not only adults, but for all of the children as well.
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