Ban Cigars

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Should cigarettes and other tobacco products be outlawed?
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Ban Cigars
Cigarettes are the most traded commodity worldwide. In fact, more than 6 billion cigars
are produced each year and are in turn smoked by more than one billion people ((Johnston,
2013). Even though they are popular, fags have numerous detrimental effects on the human body
and the environment. For these reasons, banning of cigarettes and other tobacco products has
been a topic of endless discussion around the world. Lawmakers in some countries have imposed
harsh regulations on the tobacco industry, and even though such steps are a welcome gesture,
they are not enough. It is no secret that cigarettes harm the body and the natural environment,
and are expensive. Outlawing them is an absolute necessity.
Cigarette smoking leads to various health issues and is a leading cause of premature
death. Cigars contain various chemical components including tar, benzene, carbon monoxide,
and oxidant gases which are unsafe to the human body (Proctor, 2012). Prolonged smoking can
lead to lung cancer, heart diseases, and even stroke. Smokeless tobacco can cause the heart not to
beat appropriately leading to death. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC, 2011), in a year, smoking cigars is the cause one out of five deaths in the United States.
Furthermore, more than 480,000 people die each year due to smoking-related complications.
What is more troubling is the fact that smoking cigarettes do not affect the smokers only:
secondary smoke causes about 41,000 deaths in a year (CDC, 2011). The diseases and deaths
resulting from consuming tobacco products can be prevented only if these products are outlawed.
Furthermore, cigarettes cause significant damage to the environment. The smoke from
cigars alone has more than 4000 chemicals which are hazardous to the environment (Proctor,
2007). The processes involved in the manufacture of tobacco products not only squander scarce
natural resources but also pollutes the environment. Cultivation and curing of tobacco require
clearing large tracts of land and cutting down trees making it one of the chief causes of
deforestation. Moreover, preserving, processing, and transporting tobacco releases tons of
greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These gases include carbon dioxide which is responsible
for global warming and sulfur dioxide which causes acid rain (Min, Cho, & Paek, 2008).
Negligent dumping of cigarette ends can cause land and water pollution. It is evident that
cigarettes do not harm the human body only but are also a cause of air, land, and water pollution.
Cigarettes and other tobacco products should be banned because they are also a
substantial financial burden to those who smoke and their families. Cigars are very expensive in
the long-term. In fact, for an individual who consumes a pack of cigarettes a day, if that
individual saved that money, he can buy a brand new car or a home in ten years' time (Johnston,
2012). Besides, treating smoking-related diseases such as cancer puts an economic strain on the
victim and their families. Cigarettes can also cause low labor productivity thereby affecting the
income to households significantly.
In conclusion, tobacco products pose a serious threat to human beings and the
environment. Smoking causes death, and, therefore, should not be overlooked. Furthermore, the
manufacturing process of cigars takes a massive toll on the environment and causes air, land, and
water pollution. Lastly, tobacco products increase the financial burden on individuals who smoke
and their families. The outlawing of cigarettes and other tobacco products should no longer be a
matter of debate, but instead, it should be treated with seriousness and urgency.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Vital signs: current cigarette smoking
among adults aged ≥ 18 years--United States, 2005-2010. MMWR. Morbidity and
mortality weekly report, 60(35), 1207.
Johnston, A. (2012). Quit smoking: Today's a great day to quit cigarettes: Kick your smoking in
the butt. Angie Johnston.
Min, K. B., Cho, S. I., & Paek, D. (2008). Combined effects of cigarette smoking and sulfur
dioxide on lung function in Koreans. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health,
Part A, 71(5), 301-303.
Proctor, R. N. (2007). Tobacco and the global lung cancer epidemic. Nature Reviews Cancer,
1(3), 82-86.

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