Rhetorical Analysis

Rhetorical Analysis - The use of tobacco has been the main...

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The use of tobacco has been the main controversy for many years. Everywhere we go, we are bombarded by the issue of smoking. Whether it is second-hand smoke, or passive smoking, we are exposed to it constantly. With every puff of smoke we inhale, tar builds up that eventually sticks to the inside of our lungs causing several problems such as cancer and emphysema. Lung cancer is the leading epidemic in both men and women in the United States. Many advocators, supporters, and contributors to tobacco related issues has struggled for many years to reach a breaking point in the high deaths of lung cancer. But will this “breaking point” ever capture the closing stages by the lack of voices, visions, and leadership led by the nation as a whole? As Lyndon Haviland states in her writing A Silence That Kills, “It is time to the end the silence!” “Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States…yet the public remains largely silent…as there is so little public demand for action”, she states (Haviland, 320). With the issue of tobacco widely spread, this essay navigates through the minds of many Americans to help both men and woman conquer their silence of an epidemic that can easily be avoided. If lung cancer is so prevalent, why aren't men and women given annual tests to prevent the increase of this disease? Why is the public eye focusing more on the cure for breast cancer or AIDS when each year an astonishing 440,000 people die in the U.S. from tobacco use (“American Cancer Society”, par.1)? According to the American Lung Association, cigarettes are the main contributor to lung cancer with estimated cases of 87% [90% in men and 85% in woman] (“Wikipedia”, par 1). With such high percentages of death each year, why are we as a nation not paying the proper amount of attention to this issue? Lyndon Haviland, a zealous advocate for women’s health, shows her passion, dedication, and determination in her writing "A
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Silence That Kills". Through her extensive knowledge of tobacco control and the desire for cures for public health, her writing demonstrates a powerful, influential voice that carries out a significant empowerment of the nation that is currently suffering from such appalling disease. Her words, in hopes of bringing the nation together to help prevent the use of tobacco, are inspiring. In her article, " A Silence That Kills", Haviland discusses the lack of “public response” to the issue of tobacco. Yet, what makes the “public” overpowering to the overall contribution of tobacco-related incidents? She states that the reason the nation is not seeking help
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