Essay About Cigarettes Should Be Illegal

Think to yourself for a second. Why is smoking illegal in our society today? The effects on smoking on a person are so awful and extreme, that there really is no reason it should be legal for anyone. Lung disease, cancers, heart disease, and Emphysema are just some of the thousands of harmful effects of smoking. What astonishes me is why anyone would smoke if they know how it destroys their body, and why people are keeping it legal to use in the first place.
Many people say that smoking should not be illegal. Maybe for the reasons that it’s a personal freedom versus public health issue or since smoking is very addictive and people become dependent on it. But if what only comes out of smoking is pleasure, shouldn’t the government put health over pleasure?

One cigarette contains over 4,000 toxic chemicals which enter your body as poisons. Since the toxins in second-hand smoke aren't filtered yet, like they were when inhaled from the cigarette, it’s even worse to breathe second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke kills about eight adults a day from lung cancer and 35,000 deaths per year from heart disease. It is also tied to 300,000 cases of bronchitis and pneumonia each year. Such a little thing can cause so many problems for the smoker and the people around them. But not only does this affect people’s health, but also is bad for our environment.

Making cigarettes adds stress on the environment. In one hour companies that make cigarettes use almost four miles of paper for rolling and packaging of the cigarettes. Just to produce 300 cigarettes one tree is being wasted. Energy and water is also being wasted when making cigarettes. After people throw their finished cigarette on the ground, it will take about 25-26 years to decompose. The chemical wastes from the companies are also dumped into the soil, which is very bad for our environment. Pollution and smoking causes negative environmental effects to our world. But we all do have a choice.

Everyone has the freedom to choice to be or not be a smoker and what happens in public is subject to public judgment. Smoking is a perfect example of this. Smoking causes unnecessary harm to others that have made the choice not to smoke. The government should have the right to put limits on where others are being harmed. This takes away the rights stated in the ninth amendment in the Constitution. So if the United Stated banned smoking, wouldn't it make all of this easier to handle? I believe that question has only one simple answer. Make smoking illegal.

“Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character.” I believe this quote is totally true. It’s saying that if you act a certain way it will most likely become a habit. Then your habit will just become another part of you and will turn into normal daily activities. The one time you try smoking may cause many regrets for years to come. These will become difficult to overcome later in life. If smoking becomes a habit, it is likely to become part of your character.



Nicotine is the element in the cigarette that causes the strong addiction. More than thirteen million smokers try to quit each year, but less than five percent of those who attempt it actually do. A nicotine addiction is harder to beat than most people realize. Nicotine from smoking changes the structure and function of your brain. When the brain stops getting the nicotine it's used to, you begin feeling strong withdrawal cravings. You think you want a cigarette when, actually, your brain wants nicotine. Each puff on a cigarette sends nicotine to the brain within ten seconds. So we have another puff and another. Soon, the brain's chemical structure actually changes. It becomes hooked into wanting more and more nicotine to make the effects last. Then without even knowing it, you are addicted.

So the next time you are about to smoke a single cigarette, remember all of the lives, other than yours, that you are affecting. If smoking became illegal, I believe the world would be safer, healthier and happier. And isn't that what all of you want?

Together as a society we can make a change. All we need is teamwork and a strong voice to put an end to smoking. There are four words you can say, together, “We can do it!”






  • Please Take Away Smoking To Save A Life

    I am doing an essay for school and thought I'd pick this topic. I strongly disagree when people say it's not a harm. Apparently, from the research I've gotten, you can get 14 types of cancer from it. I am probably not as old as everyone else here and I do not know as much. My age will not be said but just because I am younger doesn't mean I can't state my opinion. Not only is smoking dangerous for the smoker, it is dangerous for the people around them. They can get the cancers the smoker gets. They can die just as fast as the smoker can. Smoking causes many problems and can harm many people.

  • It hurts the environment!!!!

    Smoking doesn’t only affect the person who smokes; it actually affects the surrounding environment greatly. In fact, smoke and cigarette butts affect our environment the most resulting in land, air, and water pollution. Even the production of making cigarettes affects the environment. After hearing this, don’t you think that smoking should be illegal?
    Some smokers are unaware of smoking polluting the environment. Smokers are actually one of the direct contributors to environmental pollution. They breathe in about 4000 chemicals from the cigarette, and then breathed out into our environment. Think about it. That’s 4000 chemicals into our environment that doesn’t need to be there. If we all stop smoking, those 4000 chemicals will no longer be in the environment.
    The production of making cigarettes has a very big affect on our environment. Instead of using the land to grow tobacco, we could be using that land to grow food for the third world countries in the Middle East and Africa. Plus, tobacco plants sometimes carry pests and diseases, so tobacco farmers spray different chemicals on the plants to kill the pests and diseases. These sprays can be very harmful to the environment.
    The cigarettes are packaged and rolled in lots paper. This means that lots of trees are being torn down to make a product that will just destroy the environment even more. That’s a lose–lose situation. Trees are being wasted!! Fact is it takes one tree to produce 300 cigarettes.
    Some cigarettes take 18 months to 10 years to biodegrade, and some may never biodegrade. Think about what’s that doing to our environment! Did you know that worldwide, 2.1 billion pounds of garbage each year is generated from cigarette filters?! That’s a lot!
    If you take a look on the sidewalk, in the grass, and in the gutter, I will guarantee you that you will see a cigarette. These cigarettes on the ground can be harmful to many animals worldwide.

  • Its just wrong

    If you had a gun and you were shooting yourself in the foot and a policeman saw you, would he let you continue? NO! He would stop you and say that you not only endangering your life, but everyone else who is around you! You not only doing yourself harm, but also others. I find it very selfish.

  • Yes smoking should be illegal

    It should be illegal because it is bad for you and you get addicted to it just like drugs and it can kill you slowly but it will. That is why I think smoking should be illegal and you should support people to quit smoking because like I said before it will kill you.

  • You can have heart attacks.

    My dad had a heart attack because of smoking, and he quit right after that. Also, my grandfather got over it, and now his lung is messed up. So, it should be banned because people are just hurting themselves. And who would let people do that? Also, they are wasting all of their money on smoking.

  • Smoking should be illegal!

    I am allergic to cigarette smoke and find it hard to breathe sometimes. The smell is putrid as well, and its very bad for the person smoking and worse for those around him/her. One cigarette contains over 4,000 toxic chemicals which enter your body as poisons, and there are more for the people around you because it is unfiltered for them.

  • Smoking SHOULD be illegal.

    Smoking should be illegal for everyone. If you smoke you are pretty much setting yourself up for an early death and possibly cancer. People should't have the choice, it should be illegal. Family's lose members everyday because of people who smoke and get cancer. Its just sad. PLEASE DO NOT SMOKE.

  • The ugly truth

    Smoking kills people what's so hard to understand about that? Do you not see the statistics?Thousands of people die each year because of smoking some of those people don't even smoke themselves. It's because of someone else's idiotic actions that the children the future of the USA are dying. Is it Fair for our children and Our children's children to die because of the actions of someone else?

  • People die every year

    I am a kid that doesn't want to die because of smoking and all that. This crisis will END! The world 🌎 needs your help, people. The world will not turn into a place where people everywhere are saying "hey, that dudes smoking. It looks cool let's do it too!" That is not what I want to see out

  • Harms not only the smoker but others

    Smokers can smoke all they want if they were only harming themselves. But this is not true. Smoking not only affects the smoker but other people and the environment as well. Other non-smokers are inhaling the harmful chemicals. It is killing others. Many smokers throws away the cigarette butts on the ground everywhere. This act of littering is harming the environment and many different species. The harmful chemicals released into the environment leads to pollution and poor air quality for people to breathe.

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