Banning Cigarettes in Public Places

Essay by younomeeeeUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, March 2004

download word file, 11 pages 4.6 1 reviews

Downloaded 231 times

There are over a billion cigarette smokers across the world. A large percentage of these smokers come from America. For many years people have been trying to put and end to cigarettes. Cigarette smoke is one of the top three preventable causes of death among Americans. Not only are the people who smoke affected by its dangers, but also the people who choose not to smoke. The effects of cigarettes are increasingly taking their toll. Banning cigarettes in public is a good way to help prevent the dangers of cigarette smoke towards those who are against it. Cigarettes should be prohibited in public places because they are hazardous to the environment, they have a big influence on young children to start smoking, and they are harmful to other people's health.

Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals in it. Forty of these chemicals are carcinogenic and eight of them a class A carcinogenic, which means they can kill you.

Many people don't even realize what some of the chemicals are. Some of the more serious chemicals include Acetone, Acetic Acid, Ammonia, Arsenic, Butane, Cadmium, Carbon Monoxide, DDT/Dieldrin, Ethanol, Formaldehyde, Hexamine, Hydrogen Cyanide, Methane, Methanol, Naphthalene, Nicotine, Nitric Acid, Nitrobenzene, Nitrous Oxide, Phenols, Stearic Acid, Toluene, and Vinyl Chloride. These are just a few of the 4,000 and more chemicals inside cigarette smoke. When people inhale these chemicals they don't see that they aren't the only people being affected by them. Their second hand smoke is a serious problem when around other people. These people have no control over whether they should or shouldn't breathe in the substance lingering in the air. Cigarette smoke can stay in the air for up to two hours. If a pregnant woman is exposed to the secondhand smoke, the nicotine she ingests affects her and...