Smoking Danger

Every year thousands of people die because of lung cancer or other tobacco
related illnesses. Everyone in the world comes in contact with smoke from a
cigarette at least once in their lifetime, whether it is at a restaurant or at
work. Millions of people are addicted to smoking, and thousands more become
addicted every year. Cigarettes and other tobacco products are everywhere. Most
of the addicted smokers started when they were young (Roberts 18). The reason
why people get addicted to any type of tobacco product is because all tobacco
products have nicotine in them, which is the addictive ingredient (American

Thoracic Society 22). Every time a person smokes a cigarette or chews tobacco,
that person ingests nicotine. I believe that the tobacco companies should be
liable for every tobacco-related death each year. On the other hand, some people
believe that everyone has a right to make their own judgment about their life.

My opponent, Rosalind Marimont argues drugs and alcohol are more dangerous to
society than tobacco (26). Second hand smoking is not a danger to the health of
the community (Marimont 26). There are health benefits for people that do smoke
tobacco (Marimont 27). So many people quit smoking each year, it is so
ridiculous to think that tobacco products are addicting argues Richard

DeGrandpre (39). The facts about tobacco and tobacco products have been shaded
by the government and government agencies to make smoking less acceptable and
more inconvenient to smokers and tobacco users Sullum argues (55). My opponents
firmly believe that there are no risks if a person starts smoking. As you will
see, I will show extenuating facts that disprove my opponents views on tobacco
products. My opponent states that smoking is not dangerous, however, I intend to
prove that smoking is dangerous not just to smokers, but to everyone as well. It
is a proven fact that smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease (American

Thoracic Society 19). Every person that breathes the smoke of tobacco products
is at risk for tobacco-related illnesses. Even though smoking is not as
publicized by the media as much as illegal drugs, cigarettes are just as bad.

Smoking cigarettes leads to the use of other drugs that are more harmful to the
person than cigarettes (Hall 22). If smoking was not dangerous, then why is
there a commercial on television telling the viewer that the tobacco companies
kill 1000 people everyday? The statistics on the number of people that die each
year in the United States from tobacco or tobacco-related illness is
astonishing. Over four hundred thousand people die each year from smoking
(American Thoracic Society 19). Also, a person age twenty-five that is a heavy
smoker has a life expectancy that is twenty-five percent less than a person that
does not smoke (American Thoracic Society 19). more For something that is not a
hazard to people’s health, they sure do account for a lot of deaths that occur
each year. I do not see how my opponent can contend that secondhand smoke is not
a heath hazard to the rest of the community. Secondhand smoke affects everyone
because it goes into the air. We (nonsmokers) can not protect ourselves from
other people’s cigarette smoke (Garrision 44). Everyone breaths, therefore, if
you are sitting next to someone that smokes, you are probably getting a some
smoke in your lungs. This happens because when smoke goes into the air, it
disappears into the oxygen. As you breath in oxygen, you also breath in a
minimal amount of the cigarette smoke. In 1986, a surgeon general’s report was
released that stated smoke from tobacco products can cause cancer in healthy
non-smoking adults (Garrision 45). It has been proven that secondhand smoke can
cause lung cancer and other tobacco-related illnesses in people that do not
smoke (Garrision 45). Yet the tobacco companies continue to deny that the smoke
of cigarettes cause these illnesses to non-users of tobacco (Garrision 47). The

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that secondhand smoke is the
cause of over three thousand deaths from lung cancer each year (Garrison 44).

Smoking has also been linked to colon cancer. Even if you quit smoking, your
risk of colon cancer remains higher than if you had never started smoking (Keyishian

13). Many people are aware of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and agree
with restrictions and/or a total ban on smoking in public (Garrision 48).

Tobacco products should be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration because
it affects not only smokers, but non-smokers as well. As you can see, smoke from
tobacco products does affect everyone in