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Yraelz
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Should cigarrets be illiegal.

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Started: 2/13/2008 Category: Health
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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vanibu

Con

Cigarrets should not be illiegal, even thou I dont smoke and think that it is a terrible habit, the cigarrets companies KNOW this and therefor made a public announment in every package that says that IT IS A HEALTH RISK that enduces cancer. So, the comapnies are giving the comsumers a choice with knowlegde. It is a fair game!
Yraelz

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Alright, I'll give you my reasons why cigarettes should be illegal.

First off let us examine the FDA, Food and Drug administration. They are the people responsible for regulating products that come into the United States and deciding whether or not they are healthy. In the past they have stopped products with to much metal content, dangerous additives, dangerous supplements, health hazards in general. You argue that since some people know of the health risk therefor it is fair game however it can be seen of the American public, through the FDA, that some health risks are too great to be legal. Which brings me to my first point,

"Cigarettes are proven to be highly addictive, as well as a cause of multiple types of cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, circulatory disease, birth defects (which include mental and physical disability) and emphysema."

-This coming from Wiki through the CDC and Science Weekly.

How do we as a society allow such an entity to exist in its current form? This is a product commonly found with over 100 additives in it that cause these harmful effects, is their no way to regulate some of those additives and decrease the effects? Profit > Life?

Onto my second point, it causes birth defects. Even if I agreed with your freedom of choice idea this defeats it. While I don't mind abortion all that much because the baby will never know this world birth defects are quite a different story. To retard, or mentally disable a human being in some way for all of life is simply abhorrent.

My third point, second hand smoke. This is once again one of those times when people don't have the choice. Now its dependent on whether someone happens to be smoking around you or not. The symptoms:

-Cancer
-Ear infections
-Throat infections
-Nose infections
-heart disease
-lung problems
-asthma
-premature birth
-allergies
-SIDS, Sudden infant death syndrome. Babies occasionally die.
-Worsens Bronchitis
-Increased risk of Tuberc
-Risk of Crohn's disease.
-Overall increased risk of death in both adults, where it is estimated to kill 53,000 nonsmokers per year, making it the 3rd leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and in children -Wiki

I rest my third point on the fact that its the 3rd leading cause of preventable death.

My fourth point. We are a society that disallows suicide on a moral level because it is akin to self murder. Yet we as a society allow smoking, in essence a slow and sometimes painful suicide for monetary profit. This is wrong.

My fifth point. Cigarette butts are the number one most littered item in the world. They are not biodegradable. "In the 2006 International Coastal Cleanup, cigarettes and cigarette butts constituted 24.7% of the total collected garbage, over twice as much as any other category" - Wiki

And with that I suppose I will rest my case for now. I stand open for my opponents rebuttal.
Debate Round No. 1
vanibu

Con

vanibu forfeited this round.
Yraelz

Pro

I have no refutation to anything I said, thus I will let this debate sit until my opponent decides to answer.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Yraelz 9 years ago
Yraelz
In response to sadolite, no. I actually would rather they be legal because I feel they kill dumb people thereby helping humans evolve as a whole. =)

Obviously I was forced to debate otherwise in round.
Posted by sadolite 9 years ago
sadolite
Should'nt alchohol be illeagal too? And for that matter anything that would even be presumed unhealthy. Your willingness to let Gov't decide what's best for is astonishing.
Posted by Yraelz 9 years ago
Yraelz
Nevermind.... 2 round debate. I won't let it sit, just extend my arguments.
Posted by kels1123 9 years ago
kels1123
Sorry , I read it wrong. Long day.
Posted by kels1123 9 years ago
kels1123
You are both arguing the same thing ... and cigarettes is not spelled correctly in the title.
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