Smoking and Healthcare
Cigarettes contain over 4000 chemical compounds, of which at least 400 are toxic. At least 43 are known carcinogens which cause cancer in humans. There are few that I found which are: Benzene (patrol addictive), formaldehyde (embalming fluid), ammonia (toilet cleaner), acetone (nail polish remover), nicotine (insecticide/addictive drug), carbon monoxide (car exhaust fumes), arsenic (rat poison), and hydrogen cyanide (gas chamber poison). When alight, the heat in a cigarette breaks down the tobacco to produce various substances, including carbon monoxide and nicotine. The affects of smoking have an effect on virtually every part of the body, from the respiratory system to the reproductive system. The questions are what do we know about cigarette and its effects to one’s health? Or we say “NO” to smoke and let this deadly product to be sold and marketed?
“Smokers die younger”, “Smoking can decrease fertility”, “Smoking kills” and “smoke causes lung cancer.” Or even picture of a lung that had been destroyed by smoking. For smokers, they obviously know where these phrases and symbols come from. These government warnings can take up to as much as half the space on the outside of a packet. As the settlement negotiations between the U.S.’s two largest tobacco companies and the federal government suggest, the tobacco industry’s position is becoming increasingly indefensible. Yet some commentators are still asserting that the industry should be able to maintain its immunity to liability claims by individuals. The states may be able to sue successfully for their tobacco-related Medicare costs, this argument goes. But individuals should remain unsuccessful in the courts because it has long been known that smoking is bad for one’s health, and people are responsible for their own choices. This reasoning lets the tobacco companies too easily off the moral and legal hook.
As individuals, the Americans say that they will not smoke...