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Should Cigarettes Be Made Illegal?

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Cigarettes are highly addictive, so why are they legal?

Did you know that approximately 5.5 trillion cigarettes are produced globally each year and are smoked by over 1.1 billion people or greater than one-sixth of the world population?

So why do they do it?

The physiology reason...

The inhaled substances trigger chemical reactions in nerve endings.The cholinergic receptors are often triggered by the naturally occurring substance acetylcholine. Acetylcholine and Nicotine express chemical similarities, which allows Nicotine to tigger the receptor as well. These nicotinc acetylcholine receptors takes part in two major types of neurotransmission, synaptic transmisson and paracrine signalling.This activity increases heart rate, memory, alertness,and produces a measurably faster reaction time after individuals have smoked. Dopamine and later endorphins are released, which are associated with sensations of pleasure and reward.

When tobacco is smoked, most of the nicotine is pyrolyzed. However, a dose sufficient to cause mild somatic dependency and mild to strong psychological dependency remains. There is also a formation of harmane (a MAO inhibitor) from the acetaldehyde in tobacco smoke. This seems to play an important role in nicotine addiction—probably by facilitating a dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens as a response to nicotine stimuli.

The Psychological reason...

The majority of cigarette smokers start when they are young. Often because of the stigma of smoking cigarettes is cool and has the elements of risk-taking and rebellion. Most often teenagers are influenced more by their peers than by adults; this means that the attempts to educate the hazards of cigarette smoking from health professionals, parents and teachers etc often become unsuccessful. There also has been research to show that the majority of smokers are sociable, impulsive, risk taking, and excitement-seeking individuals.

The actual habit is a function of operant conditioning. This means that smoking can provide pleasurable sensations (because of its action on the dopamine system). This serves as a source of positive reinforcement. When trying to kick the habit the withdrawal symptoms (irritability, jitteriness, dry mouth, rapid heart beat, insomnia, mild depression and incapacity to concentrate) become negative reinforcement, which makes giving up cigarettes very difficult.

Often smokers tend to rationalize why they smoke. Smokers tend to think that the benefits of smoking (E.g. reducing stress) out way the negative effects smoking have on the body. There also has been research to show that cigarette addiction is very much like heroin addiction. But I’ll get into that a bit later.

So how unhealthy are cigarettes?

You only have to look at the ingredients of cigarettes to see how they can be bad for your health.

Cigarettes mainly consist of a tobacco blend, paper, PVA glue to bond the outer layer of paper together, and often also a cellulose acetate–based filter.

Cigarettes can contain over 100 ingredients. Many of the ingredients are flavorings for the tobacco. A key ingredient that makes cigarettes more addictive is the inclusion of reconstituted tobacco, which has additives to make nicotine more volatile as the cigarette burns.

Here is an example of what is in cigarettes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_additives_in_cigarettes

Here’s a small list of ingredients that any smoker should be concerned about:

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So let’s talk about diseases and health issues with cigarette smoking

Smoking is a slow killer often wearing people down over time. But smoking has also claimed young lives as well.

Cigarette smoke tends to leave toxic deposits in our lungs and other organs, impairing function and poisoning our health. Generally smokers are more likely to be absent from work than non-smokers, and their illnesses last longer. Smokers tend to incur more medical costs, to see physicians more often in the outpatient setting, and to be admitted to the hospital more often and for longer periods than non-smokers. Also smokers have a lower survival rate after surgery compared to that of non-smokers because of damage to the body's host defences, delaying wound healing, and reduced immune response. Smokers are at greater risk for complications following surgery, including wound infections, postoperative pneumonia, and other respiratory complications.

Periodontitis is a serious gum disease that can result in the loss of teeth and bone loss. Smoking is causally related to periodontitis. This may be because smoking affects the body's ability to fight infection and repair tissue.

Peptic ulcers, which are located in the digestive tract (stomach and duodenum), usually occur in people with an infection caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacterium. Among persons with this infection, smokers are more likely to develop peptic ulcers than non-smokers. In severe cases, peptic ulcers can lead to death.

Although only a small number of studies have looked at the relationship between smoking and erectile dysfunction, their findings suggest that smoking may be associated with an increased risk for this condition. More studies are needed, however, before researchers can conclude that smoking is causally related to erectile dysfunction.

Cancer: The primary risks of tobacco usage include many forms of cancer, particularly lung cancer, cancer of the kidney, cancer of the larynx and head and neck, breast cancer, bladder, esophagus, pancreas, and stomach. There is some evidence suggesting an increased risk of myeloid leukemia, squamous cell sinonasal cancer, liver cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer after an extended latency, childhood cancers and cancers of the gall bladder, adrenal gland and small intestine.

Pulmonary: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) caused by smoking, known as tobacco disease, is a permanent, incurable reduction of pulmonary capacity characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, persistent cough with sputum, and damage to the lungs, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Cardiovascular: Inhalation of tobacco smoke causes several immediate responses within the heart and blood vessels. Within one minute the heart rate begins to rise, increasing by as much as 30 percent during the first 10 minutes of smoking. Carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke exerts its negative effects by reducing the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.

Smoking also increases the chance of heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, and peripheral vascular disease. Several ingredients of tobacco lead to the narrowing of blood vessels, increasing the likelihood of a blockage, and thus a heart attack or stroke. According to a study by an international team of researchers, people under 40 are five times more likely to have a heart attack if they smoke.

Latest research has determined that cigarette smoke also influences the process of cell division in the cardiac muscle and changes heart's shape.

Tobacco has also been linked to Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans) the acute inflammation and thrombosis (clotting) of arteries and veins of the hands and feet.

Smoking tends to increase blood cholesterol levels. Furthermore, the ratio of high-density lipoprotein (the "good" cholesterol) to low-density lipoprotein (the "bad" cholesterol) tends to be lower in smokers compared to non-smokers.

A smoker may develop less significant disorders such as worsening or maintenance of unpleasant dermatological conditions, e.g. eczema, due to reduced blood supply. Smoking also increases blood pressure and weakens blood vessels.

Oral: Perhaps the most serious oral condition that can arise is that of oral cancer. Other cancers include cancers of the oral cavity (lip, tongue, mouth, throat), esophagus, larynx, and lung. Roughly half of periodontitis or inflammation around the teeth cases attributed to current or former smoking. Smokeless tobacco causes gingival recession and white mucosal lesions. Smoking has been proven to be an important factor in the staining of teeth and Halitosis or bad breath is common among tobacco smokers. Tooth loss has been shown to be 2 to 3 times higher in smokers than in non-smokers. In addition, complications may further include leukoplakia the adherent white plaques or patches on the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, including the tongue, and a loss of taste sensation or salivary changes.

Infection: Tobacco is also linked to susceptibility to infectious diseases, particularly in the lungs. Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day increases the risk of tuberculosis by two to four times, and being a current smoker has been linked to a fourfold increase in the risk of invasive pneumococcal disease.

The usage of tobacco also increases rates of infection: common cold and bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis in particular.

The effects on the immune system include an increase in CD4+ cell production attributable to nicotine, which has tentatively been linked to increased HIV susceptibility. Smoking reduces the risk of Kaposi's sarcoma in people without HIV infection.

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The dangers of secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke is a mixture of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers. It is involuntarily inhaled, lingers in the air hours after cigarettes have been extinguished, and can cause a wide range of adverse health effects, including cancer, respiratory infections, and asthma. Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke increase their heart disease risk by 25–30% and their lung cancer risk by 20–30%. Secondhand smoke has been estimated to cause 38,000 deaths per year, of which 3,400 are deaths from lung cancer in non-smokers.

The current Surgeon General’s Report concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even short exposures to secondhand smoke can cause blood platelets to become stickier, damage the lining of blood vessels, decrease coronary flow velocity reserves, and reduce heart rate variability, potentially increasing the risk of heart attack. New research indicates that private research conducted by cigarette company Philip Morris in the 1980s showed that secondhand smoke was toxic, yet the company suppressed the finding during the next two decades.

Secondhand smoke is also connected to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Infants who die from SIDS tend to have higher concentrations of nicotine and cotinine (a biological marker for secondhand smoke exposure) in their lungs than those who die from other causes. While smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of SIDS, infants exposed to secondhand smoke after birth are also at a greater risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome whether or not the parent(s) smoked during pregnancy.

The nicotine obtained from smoking travels through a woman into her breast milk, thus giving nicotine to her child.

Secondhand smoke has been associated with between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, resulting in between 7,500 and 15,000 hospitalizations each year. It is associated with 430 SIDS deaths annually in the United States alone. Australia it is approx 200 annually.

Secondhand smoke is known to harm children, infants and reproductive health through acute lower respiratory tract illness, asthma induction and exacerbation, chronic respiratory symptoms, middle ear infection, lower birth weight babies, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

Did you know that cigarette addiction has been compared to heroin addiction?

Cigarette smoking kills more people every year than a herion overdose. However unlike the other, cigarette smoking is legal, and taxed by the government in most places.

Did you know that studies have shown that ciggarettes could be as addictive as heroin?

How scary are those facts! Makes you wonder why cigarettes are legal.

Environment Issues

Another problem with cigarettes is their inabiltity to biodegrade. Depending on environment conditions they can take as long as 10–15 years to biodegrade! It is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered each year which makes cigarettes and cigarette butts 24.7% of garbage. That is over twice as many as any other item that gets collected as garbage!

So what are the implications if cigarettes were made illegal?

Ok, so what would happen if the governments in most countries made ciggarettes illegal?

Many cigarette smokers would go through withdrawals. There would be a high demand for selling cigarettes on the black markets.

People in cigarette industries would lose their jobs.

The governments would no longer gain tax from ciggarette taxes.

Less people would die from cigarette related dieases/condtions.

The environment would not suffer as much from littering.

What do you think?

Great quit smoking advice!!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Comments

Greesp. on October 10, 2019:

No. Prohibition does not work, regulate it heavily, and fund projects to help those affected and research into alternatives that have the potential to phase out tobacco entirely. All this talk about banning everything that people don't like is silly. Leverage the market and deal directly with the exploitative companies to solve the problem. Prohibition just causes a money hole that eats endless cash.

Jenna on May 30, 2018:

it should really be banned because someone can be killed by second hand smoking.

lex on May 15, 2018:

are you kidding me? why is this even a question, smoking literally KILLS people! the government put more tax on soda, but doesn't ban cigarettes? like honestly its like the government wants us dead.

nuuuuuuuuuuu8a on April 12, 2018:

cheeki breeki

jevon kreidt on February 22, 2018:

I smoke a pack a day i feel grate.

rjbatty from Irvine on December 04, 2016:

I'm generally against government intervention in consumer products, even if those products are potentially detrimental. We are now reading articles about the government placing an extra tax on soda pop drinks. Soda pop, candy, junk food can lead to obesity, so the obvious answer is to just get rid of it all.

If you want to live in a "nanny" state, the US seems like the ideal place. The government has removed all sorts of "over-the-counter" products, like the original Nyquil because some few have learned how to abuse it.

How far can this protectionism take us? How can we prevent people from jumping out of windows or off bridges or using razor blades? Let's eliminate automobiles because so many people die in traffic accidents.

How about eliminating wars first? They don't seem very healthy.

Toro99 on September 07, 2015:

Uhhhh..got any gum?

me on March 25, 2015:

there not bad there good

Africa on February 14, 2015:

That first responder was obvlousiy high while writing his response .Anyways, what helped or worked for me was smoking cheaper smokes that taste real bad. I could only handle to light it and then put it out. Averaging about 1-2 smokes per day. It was a re-light festival until I finally decided I just didn't want it anymore. That was after 24 years of smoking and a whole lot more per day than you too so you may see quicker results. A whole lot of it is mind set too. Good Luck

Chris on December 28, 2014:

It is immoral to set limits on somebody's body, smoking is not a large health concern it is a personal choice we make. People hate the smell of it and think the image is bad but meanwhile they live a sedentary obese lifestyle full of McDonalds. I am a healthy physically fit individual I choose to smoke and I do not wish to live past 70 step in my way and ill smite your fat ass

hate it on November 24, 2014:

Yes take these nasty things off the market and provide a cheap easy way for those who smoke to get off them.I think its very un right that the cig companies get away with murdering people.Stopping cigs is hard very hard and it angers me looking at easy ways to stop then seeing that the company has ADDED stuff to keep you smoking.THAT'S MEAN OF THEM...

Get them off market now who cares if the killers loose jobs.

that guy on October 02, 2014:

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hi on October 01, 2014:

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akoI2 on September 10, 2014:

smoking should be illegalize because it causes bad problems like respiratory diseases, yes it have positive side like strong memory yet it still brings bad problems so one word "illegalize"

J ulius on June 02, 2014:

Might as well make crack and heroin legal too, those and nicotine are pretty much the same, just nicotine is legal, if it was to go off the market, smokers would act just like crack heads and heroin junkies, real shaky and do damn near anything to get the nicotine high, I would make tobacco illegal though, not safe for anyone.

bob on May 15, 2014:

smoking is bad

Daniel on May 09, 2014:

Cigarettes should be illegal. Legalize marijuana. It doesn't kill you!

Kaci on May 07, 2014:

PLZZZZZ DON'T SMOKE. i am only here to do a project on y smoking is bad and y it should be banned. I REALLY THINK I SHOULD! DO YA?

An0noymous on April 30, 2014:

Wow... This page is like *Kaboom!* these facts are really good thanks for this info.

WakeUpCall!! on April 27, 2014:

Are you Serious?!?!? Why is this even a question, watever dummy came up with stupid smoking should die! (the person is prop already dead) BUT HELLO!!! here's ur wake up call IDIOTS ummm yeah can i breath the good air mother nature gave me without UUUUUU bombarding i with smoke? THANK you!!! I have more ot post so keep reading

dingleberry on March 05, 2014:

Smoking kills. Sure. But only if you smoke too much(or if you already have a disease, (like lung cancer,) or a tendency to get such a disease.) All of the things listed in their chemical list are already things that are in the air... Doesn't make them okay, but it is still important to realize. Alcohol kills way more people than cigarettes. That doesn't mean alcohol should be illegal. It means that people shouldn't get drunk and beat their wives or drive their car and run people over...

edward on March 05, 2014:

heroin herobrine sounds the same

hermin on February 10, 2014:

don't smoke its bad ..................YOLO!!!!!!!!!!!!

hermin on February 10, 2014:

smoking cigerrattes is bad go read a book learn something

smokings great on February 04, 2014:

i hate smaoking

For Fucks Sake on January 14, 2014:

Let it go people. I know the dangers of smoking and I choose to smoke because I enjoy it. I truly believe you guys have no idea what the impact would be if we banned smoking. Wake up!! And to everyone saying it needs to be banned because it kills is got to be kidding me. Tobacco does not kill. Just like guns don't kill. Cars don't kill. Its the people who use them that kill. I can't stand ignorant people who thinks the world revolves around them. One person here claimed that you shouldn't smoke because they don't like it. What? For real? Welcome to the real world people. I don't care if you don't like it. I don't care for stupid comments but that doesn't entitle me to special rights. Take care of yourself people and I will worry about me. Don't tread on me with your wants.

heller on December 13, 2013:

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Derek on December 03, 2013:

Yes cigarette smoking is extremely harmful to your health. I think everyone knows that. That being said if I know the dangers and I decide I want to smoke anyway who are you or anyone else to tell me I can't?

I do not smoke, but I did for a few years. I was addicted and I managed to quit it was extremely hard but never once did I think "Why couldn't cigarettes be illegal then this would have never happen?" Instead I realized I made a mistake and I dealt with the consequences. Looking back I don't regret smoking; I learnt a good deal about addiction because of it, and did not smoke long enough to suffer any major health effects.

Michelle on November 19, 2013:

You guys are immature, but bottom line is don't smoke. It's plain and simple folks.

Mr. Mackey on October 17, 2013:

um, smoking's bad, m'kay. you shouldn't smoke, cause it's bad. cigarettes are um, they're bad, m'kay

Izic on October 07, 2013:

I hate cigarettes too

David Williams on September 21, 2013:

I hate cigarettes my family is smoking my friends are smoking people is is friends to my family are smoking I hope people will stop smoking and make cigarettes illegal before its to late

Wanker on September 19, 2013:

Smoking for life.

liliana on September 04, 2013:

Nobody gives a flying fuck rats ass if you smokers want to slowly commit suicide by drowning your frustrations with cigarettes. Smoking should be Illegal it's not fair to other individuals who value their lives to have to inhale those toxic fumes that eat away at your gums and lungs.

Wanger on September 03, 2013:

Cigarettes shouldn't be illegal. But what SHOULD be is cigarette companies adding chemicals to them that are killing faster and doing major lung damage. The deadly equation here is greed and corruption of the tobacco companies and everyone should sue to get it all stopped.

....... on April 23, 2013:

who wrote this article?

Kara on March 18, 2013:

Yes it is your choice to smoke, but why should your bad decisions effect us who choose not too?

Topper on March 18, 2013:

Spoken like a true non smoker who never was a smoker,

Des Smith on March 04, 2013:

It would be interesting to see what % of the survey you did are smokers and what % of them would like to see smoking made illegal. I suspect a surprisingly high amount would support it. From my own study, research interviews and tests my theory is that if nicotime was made illegal ( unavailable ) it would not be that hard to quit. Smoking is, as you rightly point out is as much a mental addiction as a physical one. By removing the object of the addiction the mental side then becomes an ally against the addiction and simply 'gets over it'.

Jordanwalker39 from NC on March 01, 2013:

Everything we do in our society kills us. I see anti-smoking ads all day long. I like to smoke a cigar every now and then, doctors tell me basically hey anything in moderation isn't that bad. Also, why do I not see any anti-fast food ads? I am sure that by eating all that bk lounge is gonna kill you just as fast a smoking will.

Gustavo on February 20, 2013:

smoking is bad!!

some one on January 29, 2013:

smoking is bad.

Mariah K. on January 09, 2013:

Hi , im in eigth grade and im doing a projectt in government about making bills . Im doing mine on making itt illegal to smoke tobacco , does anyone have ideas for meh ? Justt so youu know , its due tomorrow . Thankks !

david dowker on January 09, 2013:

don't smoke u could get cancer or die please make this illegal no one wants to die from this please come on

Someone5511 on December 12, 2012:

Is this page actually reliable?

james mcdonald on December 04, 2012:

if u want to die go ahead but i think smoking should be banned i hav already had a grandpa die from cigarettes. do any of u know wat it is like to hav a relative die form smoking. it is a terrible thing.

forget u on December 04, 2012:

smoking should be illegal but its your choice if you want to

tray bushers on November 28, 2012:

well, its hard to see past the thick cloud of cigarette smoke!!!! STUPID GOVERNMENT!!!!!

jumble bugs on November 28, 2012:

smart bum . . . i wonder if i have seen you around this polluted earth ?

lakisha browne on November 28, 2012:

if yall don't shut ya pie wholes imma get down there and lay tha woopin' on all ya'lls1!

tray bushers on November 28, 2012:

isn't it a coincidence that a bunch of people with different names are talking so casually to each other . . . as if we all know eachother? Hmmm . . . . quite pondering in this predicament

jumbe bugs on November 28, 2012:

that's a good song !!

tray bushers on November 28, 2012:

a woman beyond your reach of capability ;)

jumble bugs on November 28, 2012:

whom is this ashli t you speak of ?

tray bushers on November 28, 2012:

I'm sorry to everyone reading- i have no idea who jumble bugs is ;)

firefox1010 on November 28, 2012:

i get it*

tray bushers on November 28, 2012:

jumble bugs? or ashli t??????

jumble bugs on November 28, 2012:

oh my gawwwwsh i get . . . OK? you can stop now :/

tray bushers on November 28, 2012:

i tend to agree but its the only way I can finance my very under privileged family Mr/Miss Biggy, it's not my fault my mother has ended up in this state, simply the person who created the cigarettes in the first place! I SAY GOOD DAY TO YOU SIR!!!

ciggy biggy on November 28, 2012:

look Mr Bushers, if you didn't contribute to their company like millions of other people than elderly citizens like your mother wouldn't have cancer and wouldn't be suffering in every day life

firefox1010 on November 28, 2012:

Erm, yeah, you might have no job but if would be saving plenty a peoples lives if cigarettes weren't legal. Im very sorry about your mother. xo

tray bushers on November 28, 2012:

i think every comment here is completely irrational, for I work for a cigarette company and it's my job to distribute them. I have four children and a wife, if cigarettes become illegal I'd have no job to support not only my loving family but my very sick mother who had cancer from smoking my companies cigarettes . . . DO YOU SEE MY POINT?????!!!!!!!!!

RHABBIT BOO on November 28, 2012:

i agree with my ciggy biggy (aka my fiancée) should be illegal and also agree with firefox1010

firefox1010 on November 28, 2012:

I agree with ciggy biggy, should be ILLEGAL!

ciggy biggy on November 28, 2012:

*ILLEGAL GUYS

ciggy biggy on November 28, 2012:

ME AND RHABBIT BOO SAY THAT IT SHOULD BE TOTALLY LEGAL GUYS! I'M ENGAGED!!!!

McKenzie Lasser on November 26, 2012:

Do i think smoking should be illegal? yes i do , if they can make weed, cocain and other drugs that havnt killed or gave a deases to many people but yet smoking can give off alot of dieses that drug don't. more people die each year from smoking rather than drugs, and if you don't beleive me then you can look it up, but YES I DO THINK THAT SMOKING SHOULD BE ILLEGAL !

Sid on October 10, 2012:

They should not be made illegal as long as its not bothering anyone else.but that's where the problem lies doesn't it?If you're home alone or around other people who don't mind then fine.Just stay the frig away from me.

me on September 13, 2012:

i like them

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Anne on August 13, 2012:

They can legalize it only if they get rid of the useless dangerous crap. Smokers like it, but if they want the nicotine just buy nicotine pills because like caffeine in low doses without crap in it you are fine. Sure everyone dies but we want to live and we care. If you want to die I would die with you. (isn't that what you would say to a loved one)

Bailey on July 22, 2012:

Alcohol should not be banned. In fact one drink a day is good for you. Whoever said smoking should be legal is a smoker or doesn't care. It's not only smokers. As a teen I got asthma from all that smoke my sister exhaled. She died last year from a heart attack. People end up in tears or even commit suicide because loved ones die. Babies die from smoking mums and also from the nicotine in breast milk. Second hand smoke kills millions of people. If a parent gets cancer or heart disease, the other family members are at a higher risk and it can be that deadly. Smokers aren't alone. If I am not treated early enough I can collapse or stop breathing for a while. Smoking should be illegal with other drugs.

Jane on June 22, 2012:

It should be banned in public where innocent bystanders are forced to breathe in harmful chemicals.what people do to themselves in their own home should be up to them.

Daveyboy on June 13, 2012:

Smoking is unhealthy and irrational,but should not be outlawed.if everything that is such were,there would be no such thing as marriage would there?

tomk4522 on June 11, 2012:

i am 15 and started smoking when i was 13 because my friends did it, i now am addicted and don't see what all the fuss is about, i haven't been ill yet

olivia on June 06, 2012:

smoking should be illegal because it kills people every day. 5.5 trillion cigarettes are made a year. If you think about that for a second, its gross! quit smoking!

holly spicer on June 05, 2012:

smoking should be alegal. when ever you take a smoke it takes 11 inutes of your life

Chelli on June 05, 2012:

Im a smoker and i wish i could quit... Its easy said and hard done.... I wish they was illigal...

aaron a amyx on facebook on June 02, 2012:

I use to smoke. I felt if I worried about getting cancer or ill from cigarettes I would be safe. A friend who smoked asked me how I quit. This simple logic did it. Nicotine makes pockets in our fibrous muscle strands and nerve-ending lines, in which when after a poison is washed out or an injury wound swelling can go down. The sides of the pockets naturally want to shrink in to heal the sore and effected areas. But with nicotine, every drag helps those pockets relax and quit trying to pull sides in to close and heal the strands of tissues. When we go through the withdrawal for a few minutes or longer. These tissue strands pockets try to re-close and that is what we feel inside when we go through a withdrawal. I know this to be fact because of microbia and microscopic studies I've been doing. Plus I found something new in our dna that made me realize that dna patterns are maybe changing every minute to help aid other ways for us to heal. And this may prove another theory and something very scary for humanity. Contact me for more research if you like.

Dylan on May 23, 2012:

Well they should be legal because as human with the ability think critically and reason, I should be able to make a decision about my body, and for someone else to say I can't, well that's obviously not right

Jeff on May 22, 2012:

Matthew S you are a moron,

You are willing to allow an addictive carcinogen to be sold for tax revenue, Don't tell me you are a republican.

As long as your taxes don't go up right?

do us all a favor and slash your wrists so everyone else I.Q.'s will go up.

wtf is wrong with you

john wagner on May 14, 2012:

What bothers me the most is not that tobacco is so horrible and still literally all over the world completely legal along with alcohol but is that people know this yet refuse to look at the facts.

People complain about the Illuminati going to one day control the world and kill everyone, what the hell do you think has been going on for centuries now? Why do you think Obama completely ignores tobacco but is willing to say Marijuana hurts your lungs.

The Illuminati(If existant)is already controlling the population with those substances, there is no other logical reason in the world this has gone on for so long and yet not a single thing has been done about it. Company made tobacco is literally poison, yet people will still smoke it and they know that those 440,000 deaths year are keeping places less populated not including deaths from alcohol.

So lets think this out, obviously that's not the only part. They are making mass amounts of money off of those deaths. They are making mass amounts of money off the crimes committed and people prosecuted for them under the influence of alcohol.

How long is the world going to let itself be contained in such ridiculous contradicting stupidity for the sole purpose of money?

You also have to really ask yourself when did paper or shiny objects become more valuable than a persons life. The world is a terrible place and no matter what happiness may arise from it i can promise you there is evil that reigns over it from angle.

If you want to take your chances with a product that literally has label telling you, you could cancer from it. Fine, but i do not want to hear presidents talking about the minimal effects on your lungs Marijuana has.

Especially considering you can vaporize Marijuana and no Tobacco even vaporized still creates so much tar it could never be as safe as Marijauna no matter how its consumed.

No offense Jake but i could careless how long your family members have lived smoking. Im sure there are crack addicts who have beaten the odds and lived full lives, in no way does it make it right or acceptable for it to be ignored in the way it is.

Bottom line Jake the topic is about the contradictions in all this nonsense. The Government will give drugs that cause the same effects tobacco does as Class 1 drugs, yet they are legal and they never are talked about from a governmental point of view and i mean never.

You can even watch the CIA in court sit silent when the defendents says "Well what about tobacco and alcohol?". When you see the head of the CIA completely ignore that alcohol and tobacco are far worse than cannabis could ever be or grow to be, you know there is tons of corruption going on all over the world.

Its not like i even care about cannabis being legal globally either, all i care about is a world that makes sense.

My thing is any responsible individual can do drugs without getting addicted or abusing the drug. Of course some drugs completely cross that line of control and i completely agree should be illegal but what is going on today is insane.

For instance the government still supplies 4 people in the US with cannabis, yes they actually had a program for their older workers to get medical cannabis straight from the government, many were cut off but they seriously still supply just 4 people, one of them admitted to how ridiculous it is to be her, getting government mailed pot while watching peoples lives be completely ruined for just carrying any. Oddly they constantly tell us its horrible and should be treated nothing less than something as addicting and deadly as heroin. Yet they supply it to people who clearly show none of the symptoms that a long term heroin user would see.

I know the reason its still illegal in the way it is and seen and presented in the way it is, simply because of these companies hold over the government plus the governments population control benefits from these drugs and the money they make off the mistakes people make on them or the hospital bills they get from them.

Its like when people finally realized racism was wrong, they realized black people arent what everyone has said they were. So why do things like this still exist in this day and age, its truly sad and pathetic.

It should be as simple as it doesn't make any sense therefor it needs to be rethought. God forbid they ever rethink the ridiculous laws they make until people start dying and its brought directly to the worlds attention like slavery.

Personally i highly doubt people would be buying tobacco illegally if it became illegal, those people would buy cannabis i assure you. One reason they like smoking cigarettes so much is simply because they don't have to worry about things like that attached to something as harmless as cannabis.

"I feel like an alien that is stuck on the wrong planet."

Yea tell me about it.

Jake on May 13, 2012:

Okay, first of all. Smoking is not at all like commiting suicide. My great great aunt has been chain smoking her entire life and she is still in excellent health, she's turning 90 in a couple of months. It also doesn't ruin your physical fitness as my father has also been smoking for about 37 years and he has a job that requires alot of physical activity and whenever he takes the young guys who are non smokers, they get tired extremely quickly and can't do it and he can still do it with ease. Also, the world record for oldest person was by a a smoker. She only quit when she was 117 and died at 122. I believe that banning tobacco sales would have the same effect, or worse as alcohol prohibition did in the '20s.

69 on May 13, 2012:

I belive if smoking is banded than your going to have people selling them on the black market and your going to have trouble with getting ride of them all together

Gillian on May 11, 2012:

Don't be taking away MY ciggs!bout the only drug I can still do while walking down the street in plain sight.Luv it!!!!!

connor on May 11, 2012:

smoking if for low life losers

P.rush79 on May 09, 2012:

Yes !! Smoking is horrible!!!

Mystery on May 08, 2012:

I think smoking should be illegal because people die from smoking. My mom smokes and it smells horrible when she just comes in the house after smoking a cigarette and I try not to breathe it in because me and my sister could get lung cancer too. Smoking is poisonous to almost all or all living things. I always try to get her to stop but she gets mad. Smoking is one of the most DUMBEST things in the.world. They should have never have even invented cigarettes! I mean, they make those with a BANNED pesticide.

Rico12345 on May 06, 2012:

No.if they made smoking illegal they(the gov't)would just start taxing the shit out of everything else they deem unhealthy to make up for the money lost.Alcohol,McDonald's,coffee,donuts,etc,etc.

Dirt on May 03, 2012:

As bad as it may be,you cannot ban something simply because it is bad 4 u.Should we try to ban bacon as well?

kate on May 02, 2012:

it should b illegal for everyone living things sake

giiubnjhy on May 02, 2012:

i think smoking should be illegal and be a bad drug

Fu on April 30, 2012:

Fo shizel

lilkenney1424 on April 30, 2012:

i vote smoking cigs should be illegal

Hichul Chung MA Belchertown on April 26, 2012:

I vote that smoking should be illegal

Melissa on April 26, 2012:

I'm doing a term paper about how they should illegalize cigs and it's funny cuz when I told my professor he laughed and said, "I don't think they will do that and that's not just cuz I smoke." It's funny cuz he's an addict of the product he's talking about.

hi on April 26, 2012:

bad for you

big boy123 on April 25, 2012:

if smoking was banned there will be people quiting that means less people dieing from cancer

Anonymous on April 22, 2012:

Everyone knows how bad smoking is, and none should be allowed to smoke-- you might say they can do whatever they want but smoking affects people around them too. If smoking could kill them alone- let them do it, but they cannot just go around suffocating non-smokers and getting more people addicted. Grow up, people! Do we want to smoke, kill ourselves, everyone around us and kids of generations to come??

your mom on April 17, 2012:

no i love to smoke so shut up and suck it

not much on April 17, 2012:

smoking is baddd