Should Smoking and Vaping be Illegal?

Smoking and vaping can be detrimental to a person's health.

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Smoking and vaping can be detrimental to a person's health.

Many teens and adults alike in the United States have some addiction to smoking and vaping. Little do they know that their favorite stress reliever causes lung cancer and even death. The United States government should ban these compelling substances before they affect the lives of more American citizens. Cigarettes and e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is an addictive chemical that makes people keep smoking and vaping. Both are harmful to the user’s physical and mental health. Studies have shown that both smoking and vaping are bad for everyone, but vaping seems to be less effective.

Smoking and vaping are both known to cause lung cancer. Lung cancer accounts for about 25 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States. Lung cancer is difficult to cure. In most cases, the patient is required to have lung surgery. Unlike other diseases, this one only has a 65 percent survival rate, while other diseases have a survival rate from 80 to 90 percent. Not only do smoking and vaping cause cancer, but they also elevate one’s state of mind. This sensation affects people’s personalities and their ability to think.

When smoking first became a major industry, people everywhere were smoking without knowing the possible consequences. Today, over 480,000 people die from smoking each year. Even if a person does not smoke but lives with someone who does, they are vulnerable to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke affects people who inhale the smoke from cigarettes. The smoke from cigarettes can also cause others around to get lung cancer. Approximately 41,000 people in the United States die from secondhand smoke each year.

Around 4 to 5 years ago, vaping has become increasingly popular. People thought that it was a safer way to smoke while they still get the same effect. Today, people have began to die from the effects of something which they thought couldn’t harm them. 

Americans should find a replacement for smoking and vaping. Possible solutions to this problem are the permanent ban on cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Juice and soda can substitute for the nicotine inside of these devices. People should try to avoid situations where they have a strong urge to smoke and create a plan of things to do instead.