Why Cigarettes Should Be Banned

             Despite decades of the consumer warnings of unpleasant and early deaths, cigarettes have not been banned and made illegal. The cigarette industry has had numerous claims filed against it over health issues, the prices of the products,the ingredients used, and where the cigarettes are produced. The 1982 Surgeon General's Report stated, "Cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer mortality in the United States” (American Cancer Society). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, 46.2 million US adults were current smokers in 2001 (American Cancer Society), after the better part of a century spent exposed to cigarette warnings and anti-smoking campaigns.
             In the state of New Jersey, it is illegal for anyone under 19 to buy tobacco products. Smoking in public, however, is not a crime, no matter how young the lighted-cigarette holder, as long as it does not take place in areas off-limits to smoking like restaurants, bars, and certain buildings (La Gorce). By establishing these off-limit areas, the state hopes to cut down the amount of smokers within workplaces and in other public places. By doing this, New Jersey is doing their best to cut down on smoking, and they also did so by increasing the age to nineteen. Even so, that does not mean cigarettes will not be sold to consumers. Bans on smoking in public and in workplaces can sharply reduce the number of heart attacks among both smokers and nonsmokers, according to a report issued by the Institute of Medicine. Some also disagree with raising the age like Michael Rispoli who wrote, “Raising legal age to smoke is just absurd.” The report provides support for the anti-smoking laws that are in effect in 21 states. and the District of Columbia plans on putting forth efforts to pass such laws elsewhere (Gorce).
             The effects of smoking hurt the younger generation who is exposed to it. An investigation was created to figure out how nicotine af...

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