Increase smoking age

Increase smoking age - Loughman 1 Rob Loughman June 27,...

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Loughman 1 Rob Loughman June 27, 2006 English Comp I Argument Essay Increase smoking age from 18 to 21 Tobacco use is the single leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Smoking causes one in five deaths and totals 440,000 deaths a year. More then six million Americans under the age of eighteen use tobacco products and this is disturbing considering that is below the legal age. Thousands of adolescents become regular smokers everyday and hundreds of them will ultimately die from this disgusting habit. Congress needs to change the country’s national tobacco policy for the next generation. I support the idea of increasing the legal smoking age from eighteen to twenty one. If the legal age of smoking is increased to 21, it would prevent youths from buying tobacco products, reduce the addiction rate, and will ultimately save lives, especially if the law is vigorously enforced. Smoking is a habit that becomes a disease. This is a result of addiction to nicotine. Nicotine is found naturally in tobacco and is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Along with nicotine, 4,000 other chemicals are found in cigarettes. A smoker becomes physically and psychologically dependent on it. These dependencies on the chemicals in cigretts make it highly addictive and difficult to quit. There are so many hazardous health risks from smoking.
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Loughman 2 Because of all the chemicals found in cigarettes, it is extremely hazardous to your health. Many components can cause lung cancer, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease and heart disease. It increases blood pressure as well as the risk of heart attack. Smoking is often involved with lack of exercise, high cholesterol and obesity, but it’s not just smokers who are affected, but others who are in the same area. This is known as second hand smoke. The chemicals are released into the air and can be inhaled by passer biers. They are just as harmful as smoking. That is why smoking laws are becoming stricter. This just meant that no one should be smoking; everyone is a risk when they inhale these toxins and the younger the smoker is the more damage it will cause. By not allowing teens to smoke, it will limit the about of people diagnosed with lung cancer and such. In 1998, the 24
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