More than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. alone each year are from smoking related illnesses. Why would someone even pick up a cigarette without considering the effects it will have on him or her? Cigarettes should be illegal because cigarettes are a powerful and addicting drug that are very harmful to the people who smoke them, the people who inhale second hand smoke, and the environment.
Drugs are bad for anyone who smokes them. A Cigarette is a type of drug. Cigarette smoke contains 4,000 chemical constituents and more than 40 of them are known to cause cancer in humans. Some experts say that it's usually not the nicotine that kills but these other chemicals. A few of these chemicals are cadium, a highly poisonous metal that is also used to make batteries, formaldehyde which is used to preserve dead bodies, and lead which is a highly toxic metal. Some studies say that the nicotine in cigarettes is as addictive as cocaine and heroin, which leads to the theory of why it is so hard for addicts to stop. With all these deadly chemicals, why would someone even think of smoking cigarettes? These 4,000 deadly chemicals are more than enough evidence to make cigarettes illegal. The most addicting chemical is nicotine. The nicotine in a cigarette provides an intense "hit . The nicotine is delivered very quickly to the lungs, the bloodstream, and then it reaches the brain, which makes it extremely addictive. The people that smoke cigarettes say smoking helps them relax and that they would be willing to pay the high price for them. Cigarettes are bad for anyone who smokes them.
Cigarette smoke is bad for anyone that inhales it. Cigarette smoke is worse for the person that second hand smokes it, rather than someone who chooses to smoke it. The smoke emitted from the end of a burning cigarette has double the concentration of nicotine and tar when compared to the smoke actually inhaled by the smoker (through a filter).