BAN CIGARS 2
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