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Tobacco is a choice, it is a freedom given to all willing adults, but it is
important to never abuse those freedoms. Smoking tobacco has had a long history throughout the world, so getting rid of smoking completely would be near,
if not impossible. However, we should try to least reduce the use of it due to
its many harmful effects on health to avoid needless deaths and pollution. Problems other than its effects on health is that it disturbs peace within public settings, it is inconsiderate towards those who don’t like smoking or hate the smell of it, and it also affects your outward appearance; both creating a barrier in communication with other people. And not only that, but smoking in public settings can be a big risk
and a danger to people who are just passing by that happen to have asthma or
are allergic to cigarette smoke. Smoking Tobacco is dangerous, in the way that it will ruin your health and your social life, the environment, and it can be quite bothersome to those around you, which is why, at the very least, smoking Tobacco in
public areas should be banned. 

Experts believe that the inhabitants of the early Americas began finding various uses for tobacco, such as smoking, chewing, and in possibly hallucinogenic enemas (by the Peruvian Aguaruna aboriginals), starting from the time of c.1 BCE. The first European to ever discover the existence of Tobacco was
Christopher Columbus on October 15th, 1492, when Columbus documented in his diary from having observed a Native Indian sailing with water, food, and tobacco leaves in a canoe. “We met a man in a canoe going from Santa Maria to
Fernandina; he had with him some dried leaves which are in high value among them, for a quantity
of it was brought to me at San Salvador” (“Medieval Sourcebook”). The earliest known instance of illness and smoking being linked to one another was in 1602 when an essay titled “Work of Chimney-Sweepers (sic)” by an anonymous English writer made a connection between
the two by saying that the soot cleaned by chimney sweepers and tobacco had similar effects on a person’s health. From then on, reports on the serious health effects of tobacco started
to grow; however, when the first medical reports on the connection between
smoking and lung cancer began to surface in the 1920s, many newspaper editors chose not to report on the matter, “editors refused to report these findings as they did not want to
offend tobacco companies who advertised heavily in the media” (“A brief history of smoking”). 

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Multiple studies have shown the harmful effects of what smoking can have on your body and on others. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), cigarette smoke causes more
than 480,000 death every year in the U.S., it causes about 90% of all lung cancer deaths, and smoking tobacco has been known to increase the development of heart disease and strokes, and causes almost 80% of all chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deaths. Important facts to know about the serious health effects of smoking is that it can cause cancer to occur almost anywhere on your body, a few examples are the bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, esophagus, pancreas, and
so forth. The CDC also states that smoking causes stroke and coronary heart disease, which are among the leading causes of deaths in the U.S., and can make it more difficult for women to get pregnant, and if a woman does become pregnant while smoking, it
will affect the baby’s health before and after birth. Pregnant women can be at risk of preterm delivery, stillborn babies, low
birth weight, SIDs (sudden infant death syndrome) or crib death, cause infants to be born with orofacial clefts, and Ectopic pregnancy, which is when the
fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus and could lead to damage to nearby organs and cause life-threatening blood loss. Many of the effects of secondhand smoke are similar to those that smokers may experience, such as cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and stroke; the effects it has on pregnant women are also similar to that of pregnant smokers. Secondhand smoke can also have major effects on children, such as causing them to wheeze and cough, trigger asthma attacks,
and ear infections. The CDC also states, “studies show that older children whose parents smoke get sick more
often. Their lungs grow less than children who do not breathe secondhand smoke,
and they get more bronchitis and pneumonia”. 

In addition, smoking also plays a fair part
in pollution through water, air, and land. People who smoke don’t often think about the effect
their smoking has on the environment, they generally believe that it only
affects themselves, but smoking tobacco certainly does affect the
environment, and in more ways than one. The tobacco industry creates large amounts of carbon dioxide every year, and release it into the atmosphere, greatly contributing to
global warming; cigarette smoke contains approximately 4000 chemicals, most being toxic
and more than 60 of them are carcinogenic (“Environmental Impact”). When cigarette butts are thrown away and left on
the ground, it can easily be washed into different bodies of water like
streams, lakes, rivers, and even drinking water reservoirs. This can harm
marine life, which can also harm humans as well, “research shows that certain algae die after being
exposed to water containing compounds that are equivalent to two discarded
cigarette butts. Those algae are at the bottom of the food chain – all other
sea organisms are feeding on it and getting the same amount of poisoning, all
the way up to fish humans eat regularly” (“Environmental
Impact”). Other than people littering by throwing their cigarette butts all over the
place, which are not biodegradable and can take more than 20 years to decompose, every year almost 20,000 hectares of forests are
cleared to cure tobacco (curing is basically the process of drying tobacco
leaves), which comes up to about 20-50 million trees being cut down every year.  

Another problem with smoking is that it disturbs the peace in a variety of settings and can drive people away from you. When people smoke in public settings such
as in the park, mall, and in a restaurant, people and people with children tend
to steer away from them, not wanting to breathe in the smoke. Smoking can also affect your physical appearance, causing yellow
teeth, unhealthy gums, tooth loss, and bad breath which would definitely create a barrier in communication between you and other people. It is also extremely dangerous for people who have asthma or are
allergic to smoke who just happen to be passing by someone smoking in places
like the parks or on sidewalks. And according to statistics, as time progressed, people started realizing the horrifying effects from smoking, so more people began smoking less and started supporting the
idea of banning smoking in public places, but not the idea of banning smoking completely. “Cigarette
smoking has been declining
gradually in the U.S., from roughly 40% of U.S. adults reporting they smoke in
the 1970s to barely 20% today. A solid majority of Americans have favored a
total ban on smoking in public places in recent years, although only a minority
are in favor of an outright ban on smoking nationwide” (Gallup). 

To some people, smoking can be a sort of
coping method in order to relieve stress; however, there are much safer alternatives to
smoking that won’t affect your health and appearance. People will also argue
that banning smoking will only turn out to be like the prohibition on alcohol, and that could be true, that is why smoking should be banned in
public places only, not banned completely. A common argument made about secondhand smoking is that it won’t have any
serious effects on passive smoker’s health after breathing it in for a short amount of period; however, although that may be true, it’s more
than likely that those people also smoke at home and may also smoke in the workplace,
which means that their family or co-workers are exposed to large amounts of
smoking every day and possibly for hours, especially their family. And with a ban on
public smoking, there’s a chance that it may encourage smokers to have to cut back on their smoking or have them quit it all together, “one-third of smokers in Scotland said the ban
was helping them to cut down” (“Pros vs. Cons”). Other arguments that have been made is that taking away the
rights of smokers is almost like taking away the freedom of slaves. This is an outrageously terrible analogy, to compare taking away something that is harmful to the
health of people and environment and comparing it to people who were forced to labor out in the sun for long hours against
their will and discriminated and abused simply for having more melanin in their bodies is
heinously obscene.  

In conclusion, smoking should be banned in all public settings. Public places which the ban should take place are areas such as the park, public commons and malls,
public places within private buildings, lobbies, marketplaces, and so forth.
The cost of such a ban is estimated to be about $2.5 billion and $3.5 billion, mainly due to enforcing it and
constructing specially ventilated areas for nonresidential owners who want
smoking areas. But, in the long run, compared to the approximated amount spent on smoking, “the government spends $112.4 billion of
taxpayers’ money every year to cover expenses that can be directly related to
smoking. The actual cost possibly exceeds that amount when we factor in all the
environmental issues that the tobacco industry is contributing to” (“Cost of Smoking), the ban would be more beneficial according to a report made by the Environmental Protection Agency. “The report estimated the benefits of such a
prohibition at $39 billion to $72 billion annually. The bulk of this estimate,
$35 billion to $65 billion, was based on the projection that 11,000 to 20,000
deaths of nonsmokers a year could be averted that otherwise would be caused by
lung cancer and heart disease attributed to exposure to secondhand smoke”


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