Smoking, by Kate Lee

It is no big mystery to any of us that smoking is a terrible health hazard. We know it causes cancer and other terrible diseases.  The other day I was walking out of a hotel with my family.  There was a crowd of adults smoking outside the hotel door.  I had to hold my breath to prevent myself from breathing in the dangerous second-hand smoke.  I also felt very angry that they were exposing me and my family to the hazards of smoking.  Has this ever happened to you?  I believe there should be stronger regulations on smoking in order to protect children, keep public places cleaner and healthier, and to help perserve our health industry.

There should be stronger regulations on smoking in order to protect children.  For example, often parents and adults smoke around their children.  Second hand smoke is very unhealthy.  It contains thousands of toxic chemicals. When adults smoke around children they expose them to this second hand smoke.  Often times children are too young and powerless to protect themselves from this dangerous smoke.  In addition, when adults smoke around children the children’s clothes, skin, and hair absorb the smoke.  When they go to school they  smell terrible and actually emit more toxic chemicals into the classroom thereby exposing even more children to the dangers of smoking. Children are most susceptible to the dangers of second and third hand smoke.  Children themselves are not making the choice to be around these harmful chemicals and often have very little, if any, control over their exposure. Therefore, we need to to help protect children from these risks.  One way to help protect children from the dangerous health hazards of second and third hand smoke is to have stronger regulations on smoking.  One regulation could be to make it illegal to smoke near children, in homes, or in cars.

There should be stronger regulations on smoking in order to keep public places healthier and cleaner.  Have you ever come out of a hotel and seen a mass of people standing by the door smoking cigarettes?  Have you had to walk through this crowd and expose yourself to second-hand smoke? Stronger regulations could prevent this from happening.  I believe people should not have to be exposed to dangerous chemicals just because they are in a public place.  Cigarette smoking should be banned from all indoor AND outdoor public spaces.  In addition smoking in outdoor public places often leads to cigarette butts being thrown on the ground making the public space littered and dirty.  If we had stronger regulations on smoking people wouldn’t have to be exposed to second- hand smoke in public spaces and public spaces would be cleaner.

There should be stronger regulations on smoking in order to preserve our health industry.  Every year our country spends billions of dollars on health care for smoking related illnesses.  Smoking is a choice that people shouldn’t make.  These choices are using billions of dollars in health care costs that could be possibly spent on other illnesses and disease.  Smoking related illness are easy to solve, just stop smoking, Other illness need more resources such as Leukemia.  If we had stronger regulations on smoking, people might smoke less and therefore not get so sick.  This would save money in our health care industry.

There should be stronger regulations on smoking in order to protect children, to keep public places clean and healthy, and to help preserve the health care system. Everyone knows that smoking and secondhand smoke is very harmful to our health yet we continue to allow smokers to expose others to the harmful effects. We also continue to pour billions and billions of dollars into caring for people who are very sick due to smoking.  I believe that if we had stronger regulations on smoking we would have a healthy world.  Let’s do something now!

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