Its nine centimetres long, wrapped in thin white paper, has 599 ingredients to it and kills approximately 47,000 people in Canada alone, cigarettes. In today’s society cigarette usage has become very popular, because of reasons such as media influence, peer pressure, and/or stress. But people are getting influenced and pressured into the wrong thing and using the false cure for their health conditions, what they’re actually doing is digging their own grave, well at least that’s what 4.93 million Canadians are doing to their selves. Every year the Canadian Government is passing numerous laws to the public to protect the people of the country. But one law that the Canadian government has yet to pass on could be the law that could save the most lives, that law is banning the production of cigarettes to the Canadian public. I strongly feel that the Canadian Government should ban cigarettes because of the fact that it’s harmful to the economy, to the Canadian people, and the environment.
First and foremost the government should illegalize production of cigarettes because it’s harmful to the people who smoke and the ones around them. Every cigarette has an addictive drug known as nicotine in them, nicotine is one of the most powerful drugs known to man, and it reaches the brain faster than drugs that enter the body intravenously. Cigarettes contain an enormous amount of chemicals and poisons such as formaldehyde, ammonia, and/or arsenic. These chemicals in a cigarette can cause; cancer, lung disease, and heart problems. Not only are smokers harming themselves but their also harming the people around them, who choose not to smoke, it’s not fair to the non-smokers that even though they avoid cigarettes they’re still harmed by the malicious side effects that cigarettes carry. Second hand smoke is the smoke that rises from a cigarette into the air, and when we breathe air around a smoker the smoke comes into our body.
What people don’t understand is that the smoke that there’s more than meets the eye in the cigarette smoke, inside that smoke is over 4000 chemicals in that smoke, and once we breathe the air, over 4000 chemicals enter our body and cause harm. A prime example are unborn babies they are the biggest culprits to getting second hand smoke from their mothers, when a mother smokes during her pregnancy it causes defects to the child. According to the American Lung Association smoking during pregnancy causes 20-30 percent of all low-birth weight babies, it also accounts for 14% of preterm deliveries, and 10 percent of all infant deaths. People think that second hand smoke is a myth, and that it does nothing, but second hand smoke kills 3470 people from just heart diseases, and 347 die from lung cancer.
It’s time that the government takes action and protects the people of their country from cigarettes, and it’s not fair that people’s lives are jeopardized because of other people’s actions. Due to all the harm that cigarettes are causing to the public, the government now is forced to spend more money on health care to help revive the patients that suffer from cigarette related diseases. Government and people argue that cigarettes shouldn’t be banned because of the tax money cigarettes bring in to the government. But these people aren’t looking at the big picture, and don’t realise that the health care treatments that are required for smokers is costing the government just as much, 4.4 billion dollars to be exact. If the government banned the usage of cigarettes this money could be used towards better purposes that would benefit the Canadian population as a whole. Another aspect of how smokers affect the economy is in the work environment. It’s argued that employers spend more money on smokers than non-smokers.
Statistics show that smokers do not attend work often, and are lazy at their jobs, this is the side effects of cigarettes, the harmful ingredients in the cigarette causes the human body to be more tired and out of breath faster than the non-smoker, and this could be fatal for a company if the employees aren’t working to their best level. Also a smoker receives more health insurance than a non-smoker does because of the health threat they are. Individuals can save their own money if they stop buying cigarettes. On average a pack of cigarettes cost $9.50 and if you smoked one pack once a week that’d mean that you spend $38 a month on cigarettes in 50 years the grand total for the expenses of the cigarettes would be $22,800; so instead of using $22,800 to kill yourself rather you could spend it towards a new car, or a down payment on a house. Last but not least cigarettes are effecting the environment negatively.
Today if you walk around almost anywhere you see cigarette filters all over the floors, at first they look harmful but people don’t realize the fact that they’re destroying our earth. The cigarette filters are a non-biodegradable material which means that they won’t just go away they’ll just pile up on the ground, and essentially will become a pile of litter. Also they are a huge threat to wild life, because the chemicals that are present in the filters will be lethal to an animal when they eat it assuming it was food. The great amount of carbon monoxide that cigarettes release is polluting our air and if cigarettes were banned by the Canadian government that’d mean 4.93 million Canadians wouldn’t be polluting our earth anymore, rather they’d be sustaining our land. Therefore the government should be banning cigarettes because it’s harmful to our earth.
To conclude my speech I strongly hope that the government will ban the production of cigarettes because it is a negative effect economically, bodily, and environmentally. Smokers are costly to maintain and are a downfall to the economy. They are causing damaging effects to themselves and the ones around them. And our environment is also taking a large toll for a smoker’s mistake. The government should therefore not advocate such a product that causes destructive impacts. If Canada wants to progress as a country the first step of action should be banning the production of cigarettes. If anyone in this class ever thinks about smoking just remember a very inspirational quote by Tim Spencer “A cigarette is fire one end and a fool on the other”.
Courtney from Study Moose
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