In this essay I am writing to persuade you to accept my opinion that smoking is an addictive drug which should be banned. Smoking is the act of inhaling and exhaling tobacco smoke through a cigarette or cigar. The drug has hundreds of disadvantages and no advantages for its many users around the world. Some of these disadvantages include the fact that it does irreversible damage to your health, it kills many people who don’t even smoke and it costs a lot of money to do. It is for these very significant reasons that I think smoking must be made illegal worldwide. It is without a doubt that smoking is detrimental to your health.
This is evident the fact that smoking kills over 6 million people every single year. This is more deaths than AIDS, car crashes, alcohol, drug abuse, fires, suicides and murders combined. A few of the thousands of deadly diseases caused by smoking are various types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Some of the 200 chemicals which make each cigarette so lethal are Cadmium used in batteries, methane found in sewer gas, nicotine used in insecticide, arsenic found in poison, methanol used in rocket fuel and finally Butane which is found in lighter fluid.
It makes no sense that something this damaging to one’s health should be legal anywhere in the world. Smoking does not only affect smokers, it affects everyone around them as well. 6 hundred thousand non-smokers die each after inhaling someone else’s second hand tobacco smoke, found on streets, in homes and at parks. Statistics show that unwanted second hand tobacco smoke unfairly caused 28% of all children deaths in 2004. I truly believe all people should have the right to a healthy, safe and second hand smoke free environment.
Cigarette packet prices may be increasing but this is by no means bringing down sales or making addicted smokers any richer. It is estimated that the average smoker spends up to five thousand dollars every year on smoking not including the thousands of dollars spent on operations such heart operations and the other medical needs of many smokers. This kind of money could be better spent on things like family holidays, taxes and bills, a cheap car or starting a small business.
If smoking where made illegal it would encourage people to spend money on much more useful and important things. Smoking painfully kills over six million addicted smokers every single year. Smoking unfairly murders thousands of non-smokers due to its deadly second hand smoke. Finally smoking costs the average smoker over five thousand dollars per year which could be spent on many much more essential things like family and health. It is for these reasons that smoking should be officially banned worldwide just like all other addictive and deadly drugs.