Smoker: Passive Smoking and Visual Argument
Smoker: Passive Smoking and Visual Argument
Imagine your life is trapped in a car seat, restrained under your seat belt with nowhere to turn. You see the flash of the lighter flicker and begin to dread the next ten to twenty minutes of the car ride praying you are almost to your destination. You start to imagine how that person can really live with himself or herself knowing they are taking away from your healthy life. I question, how hard is it to wait until you are not trapping someone else’s innocent life in your horrible, expensive habit? Being a parent or not, have some respect! Children, matter of fact anyone, should not have to smoke your cigarette with you. I entirely disagree with being able to entrap innocent bystanders in your cloud of bad habit. The image I chose shows an innocent, little girl with a halo of smoke above her head. Next to her is wording that says, “Children of parents who smoke, get to heaven faster”.
The argument that arises from my image would be smokers against non-smokers. In most cases, smokers will deny until they are blue in the face that smoking around people will risk their health as well as their own. I have heard my family members, being smokers, tell me time after time, “Oh, your great-grandfather smoked till he was ninety-three.” With this being said, that makes it ok for you to smoke and fill mine and my sisters lungs of it? Being a second hand smoker growing up, I can clearly see the difference in my health compared to a non-second hand smoker’s health. Even though I was only taking in sidestream smoke, smoke coming from lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, it is still full of carcinogens, nicotine, and other known cancer causing agents.
Lung cancer, breast cancer, asthma, you name it; they all can be caused by second hand smoking. Children, like myself at one time, are more likely to be hospitalized when they have a sickness as simple as the flu because of being victims of second hand smoke. Exposure to second hand smoke while pregnant will increase the chance that a woman will have a stillborn birth, low birth-weight baby, and other pregnancy and delivery problems. And my parents wonder why they do not see me much anymore? I am pregnant with another baby girl and read a lot about effects of smoking. I do not want my children being affected my second hand smoke like I was. They do not have enough courtesy smoke elsewhere rather than around their grandbabies, let alone a stranger on the street. Smoking will never be permitted in my home.
If I ask my parents not to smoke around my babies, I always get the same response of, “You are still alive and I smoked around you your whole life”. That response sickens me and I instantly leave. I have really come to love all the new laws of not permitting smoking in workplaces, restaurants, and plenty other places. It makes me wonder how many deaths it took for the government to finally start throwing out laws banning smoking in certain areas. When I was younger, I remember almost every restaurant had smoking and non-smoking sections. Of course, my parents always chose the smoking section.
It was ridiculous to be that my parents would actually entrap their kids with smoke in public, not only from themselves but the other smoker’s smoke in that section as well. I always shared my meal with the cloud of smoke around me. I am thankful for more laws and statistics on deaths caused by second hand smoking. Yes, there are still places that you will encounter permissible public smoking, but usually you have a certain direction you can turn to avoid it. Concluding my argument, I feel like a law should be placed on smoking around any children or citizens that cannot run from sidestream smoke.
Non-smokers and smokers can go back and forth all day long, but in the end the non-smokers will always come out on top. Cancers and deaths caused by smoking are verifiable in many ways. One of the main questions you get asked at any type of doctor appointment is, “Do you or anyone in your household smoke?” They do not ask that for enjoyment! They ask because it probably has a lot to do with why you are at the doctor in the first place. The increase in smoking laws has fulfilled many victims of second hand smoke prayers. We all should think of the long-term effects. Do you want your children or relatives to go to heaven faster?
Frenkler, Ekki. Children of parents who smoke, get to heaven earlier.. 2006. Photograph. Ads of the World, Hamburg, Germany. Web. 1 Feb 2013. .
University/College: University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 19 December 2016
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