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We Should Ban Smoking

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Started: 2/10/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Avamys

Pro

Here are the rules:
1. No swearing or calling names, please be polite
2. When quoting or stating facts please mention the source
3. The first round is for acceptance, arguments and rebuttals can be posted anytime thereafter.

Good luck!
misterme

Con

I agree to the rules and accept.
Debate Round No. 1
Avamys

Pro

I would like to inform you of the harms and dangers of smoking both cigarettes and tobacco.

1. Cancer
Smoking leads and causes to many cancers. Lung cancer and throat cancer are only examples of the many. (http://www.cancer.gov...)

2. Danger to foetus
Smoking has adverse reproductive and early childhood effects such as infertility and low birth weight, as well as a higher risk of having birth defects such as congenial limb reduction. (http://www.cdc.gov...)

3. Smoking is associated with adverse health effects.
Women who smoke have an increased risk for hip fracture than women who never smoked.
Postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density than women who never smoked.
It is estimated o increase the risk of stroke by 2 to 4 times, men developing lung cancer by 23 times and women developing lung cancer by 13 times. (http://www.cdc.gov...)
(http://circ.ahajournals.org...)

4. Smoking harms the body
Our body produces antioxidants to help repair some damaged cells. Smokers have lower levels of antioxidants in their blood than nonsmokers, therefore their body repairs damaged cells at a slower rate. Smokers' eyes sting, water and blink more than nonsmokers, which means they have eyes that are easier to be irritated. They are also affected by dental problems such as gum disease (gingivitis). Smoking can cause asthma and shortness of breath, which affects the ability of the smoker to do exercise. Asthma attacks can cause death due to suffocation. Smokers get gangrene and leukaemia easier, due to a weaker immune system.

There are so many medical terms and diseases listed above. All this seems so surreal. I have never seen a smoker affected by the diseases listed above. Well, let me show you how real the harms are by listing these facts and numbers.
Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% in women. Both numbers are pretty high, and, here we are talking about DEATHS. On a global level, researchers report that there were 1,690,000 premature deaths from cardiovascular disease in 2000. In the same year, there were 850,000 lung cancer deaths. that means about 637,000 of these were smokers, which is 230,406 more than the population of the Hawaiian Islands excluding O'ahu in 2010.

So, who cares if I want to harm my own body? How does that concern you if I want to? Well, the thing is when smokers exhale, they breathe out smoke, known as second hand smoke. It causes all of the diseases and harms your body in all of the ways listed above. YOU might want to harm your body, but non smokers do not. While you are enjoying your cigarette or tobacco and neglecting the harms it does to your body, passerby breathes in the second hand smoke, and all the adverse health effects mentioned could happen to them, although they did not choose to smoke. When you smoke, you are in fact forcefully harming others' bodies as well! We all have to breathe, and when we do so while walking past a smoker, we breathe inn second hand smoke, as we all have to exhale, and gas (smoke) moves from high concentration (the tobacco/cigarette) to low concentration (the surrounding air, where nonsmokers can breathe it in!). Then nonsmokers get health problems they do not want because of it. It is unfair, really, robbing us of our rights to protect our health.

Certainly you can harm your own body by smoking, but when you do so, you harm others, which you are by no right to do so. It is violating the rights of people who choose not to smoke.

I look forward to hearing your arguments and rebuttals.
Other References:
http://www.quit-smoking-central.com...
http://www.quittersguide.com...
misterme

Con

misterme forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Avamys

Pro

I see you forfeited this round. Please do not forfeit the next one.
misterme

Con

misterme forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Avamys

Pro

I see another forfeit.
misterme

Con

misterme forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Avamys

Pro

Con has forfeited again.
misterme

Con

misterme forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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