smoking ethics - Dan Sendik PHR101-03 Bergen Stands Tall...

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Dan Sendik PHR101-03 Bergen Stands Tall Against Tobacco The cigarette, a small paper stick filled with tobacco and numerous other poisonous substances, has plagued modern society for hundreds of years. Although it may seem a common social habit, it is in fact deadly. In recent years it has been discovered to be the culprit of many health problems. There have been increasingly disturbing ads on television attempting to discourage people from smoking, but they seem to do almost nothing in deterring the youth from picking up the habit. The question is why do people smoke. For the most accurate answer, we must look at the ultimate goals in life. Where does smoking fit in? Does it contribute to the individual’s objectives? We must turn to the most basic of purposes in life for an answer. Mill’s Primary doctrine, the produce to greatest amount of happiness and the least suffering for the greatest amount of people, would suggest that no one smoke cigarettes. This doctrine is the base of Mill’s utilitarian views and is used to help people make good, ethical decisions. The act of smoking from Mill’s point of view would be a poor decision. Smoking may produce some pleasure for the smoker but the suffering greatly outweighs it when it comes to the amount of people who abhor it, in addition to the suffering caused through pollution of the environment. There are many consequences of smoking to consider, such as the health problems associated with it, that is, bad breath, stained teeth, “smoker’s cough”, and future lung cancer. There is, however, one supposed health benefit ; smokers claim the act of smoking is relaxing which is almost comical
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considering the harmful effects. Other (external) consequences from smoking include the
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