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Smoking should be made illegal

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Started: 2/24/2018 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Round 1 - ARGUMENTS #1
Round 2 - REBUTTAL #1

Argument #1

Millions of people around the world are affected by lung cancer. According to the U.S. Center for disease control (C.D.C.) "cigarette smoking is linked to about 80% to 90% of lung cancers."
People can also die from the inhalation of smoke from another person's cigarette, cigar or pipe. The C.D.C. has noted that "about 7,300 people who never smoked die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke every year." Furthermore, smoking can cause bronchitis, oral cancer, periodontitis (inflammation of the gum and supporting structure of the mouth) and other diseases which can cause intense suffering and/or death.

The truth is that cigarettes are far deadlier than marijuana. Marijuana does indeed pose its own risks but it causes much fewer deaths that cigarettes. Cigarettes contain a wide array of chemicals and among the nicotine and smoke is one which will make even smokers cringe. "Arsenic" one of the deadliest chemical compounds in the world. A chemical capable of leaving a person crippled if used in excess. 75%-80% of the arsenic in cigarettes are absorbed by the alveoli.

The youth of today are being pressured by their elders to smoke. The relaxing, care-free effect it has on their mind causes them to restrict studying and not concentrate in school. Thus, their grades and future suffer.

Why go as far as to ban cigarettes? For starters, it is killing millions and the ongoing rampage needs to stop. The tobacco industry does not care about its customers, it cares about the amount of cigarettes customers buy and how much they pay. It's causing our future to fall. Banning cigarettes will encourage smokers to think twice before risking not only their health, but their money which could be spent on paying large fines. It will encourage them to change for the better.


1. Perspective has stated that smoking is extremely dangerous for people and is a strong cause of lung cancer.

2. While they are not wrong in this regard, just because cigarettes are extremely dangerous for someone else's health does not justify banning the product.

3. Fatty foods and many desserts are unhealthy and they are a strong cause of another disorder, just not lung cancer (the disease unhealthy foods cause is obesity) and obesity is much more prevalent than lung cancer. Should we ban unhealthy foods? Although I'm someone who eats very healthy myself, it should not be illegal to buy unhealthy foods, just verbally discouraged.

4. Similarly, even if cigarettes are unhealthy for the smoker, it does not mean we should ban them any more than we should ban cookies.

5. While these things cost money for health care costs, these costs can be eliminated simply by taxing things such as cigarettes which already happens. states that the average excess tax for cigarettes is $1.72 per pack, the highest state's tax is New York at $4.35 and the lowest state tax is Missouri at 17 cents (all financial claims are per pack). While these taxes should be higher because the health care and other costs would be equated with a $19.16 tax, it does not mean tobacco products should be outlawed. They should instead be taxed, A LOT!

6. Although parents sometimes are the reason why their kids smoke, many parents tell their kids not to smoke and their kids often obey. Smoking is getting rarer and rarer. Despite about 1/6 people in the US smoking, this is significantly less common among teens, even if you include non tobacco smoking such as with marijuana and other drugs. states that both Canada and the US are reducing the smoking rate among their populations. Many people start smoking when their parents have told them no. Many More people (like someone I know) have seen the effects of drugs on people and choose to not smoke them.

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7 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 7 records.
Posted by mosc 2 years ago
Pro. . . What are u? Some type of Bernie Sanders communist? Who needs the Federal Government sticking its Fascist nose up the butts of the Common citizen of the USA?
Posted by asta 3 years ago
If you make your body unhealthy, why should other people pay for your healthcare costs in the form of insurance rises? It should be legal to do unhealthy stuff but there should be a tax on the people doing them.
Posted by Christian2524 3 years ago
It is my body shall I not be able to do with it what I want whether its to drink a bottle of Vodka a day smoke 6 packs a day eat super fatty food why does it matter for real
Posted by asta 3 years ago
P.S. How do you change your party on your homepage?
Posted by asta 3 years ago
E Cigarettes should be legal, not taxed as much as conventional cigarettes because they aren't as bad for you.
Posted by bfritts5 3 years ago
and what about ECigs
Posted by bfritts5 3 years ago
Why does everyone care about the format on this site?
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