Cigarettes are pieces of thin paper that contain rolled tobacco pieces which are smoked all over the world. Some persons use them recreationally and others more regularly, some have a dependency on them. There is great debate on whether cigarettes should be banned as persons weigh the pros and cons of their use. Cigarettes should be banned because persons die every year from their use, it creates a financial burden to public health care systems and its creation damages the environment.
Firstly, cigarette smoking kills many persons worldwide annually. Modern cigarettes are milder than their older harsher more alkaline versions and thus are easier to inhale. They are cheap and abundant, so many persons smoke them. When the smoke is ingested, it irritates the lungs and sometimes leads to lung cancer. Persons suffer from respiratory problems and often perish from its effects.
Secondly, smoking adds to a country’s financial burden. Persons who fall ill after smoking require treatment. This can include asthma medications for wheezing and other medications for shortness of breath and chest tightness. If a large majority of a country’s working population falls ill due to smoking, they must treat them to maintain overall productivity and economic growth, lest they fall into a recession. Therefore, their spending on smoking related health care increases and depending on the amount they spend, may create a financial burden.
Thirdly, cigarettes damage the environment. To cure cigarettes, large expanses of woodlands are cleared annually to harvest coal. This coal is then burnt and contributes greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Global warming leads to overall sea level rise and submerging of landmasses and the death of several marine wildlife. Also, large amounts of pesticides are used to ensure a plentiful harvest of tobacco. These chemicals strip the Earth of essential minerals which is bad for its overall health.
Therefore, cigarettes should be banned because they only cause harm. They kill many of their users annually. Treating cigarette smokers causes financial burden to a country. Cigarette production damages the environment.