Suzanne P. Michigan

It's Time to Abolish Smoking

Even though the amount of smoking has gone down considerably recently, it is still a major problem for people in the U.S. and all around the world, and it should be stopped.

Dear Future President,

Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the US. It not only harms the smoker, but the people surrounding him/her. Although the amount of people smoking has gone down considerably, due to determined prevention efforts, higher taxes on cigarettes, and less advertisement, people still continue to smoke and are at high risk for multiple health problems, and something needs to be done to end smoking once and for all.

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your body. It is responsible for several health problems, such as cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, heart diseases, and premature death. According to Christian Nordqvist from Medical News Today, over 480,000 deaths are caused by smoking in the US. He also includes that smokers, on average, die ten years sooner than non-smokers. Smoking is horrible to the smoker himself, while also very harmful to people surrounding him/her. Secondhand smoke is dangerous to anyone or anything who breathes it in. It contains over 7000 harmful chemicals in which can be unhealthy for babies, children, animals, and even other adults. A survey done by the Department of Health revealed that 98% of children wished their parents wouldn't smoke.

Smoking is a very relevant problem in America, and with your help, we could end it once and for all. Even though the problem has decreased recently, still so many people are harmed by the effects of smoking, physically and even emotionally, when a loved-one is harmed by smoking. I believe if smoking were abolished, our average lifespan would increase and we’d be a healthier, happier country overall. It could even lead to getting rid of the abuse of other harmful drugs.

Two people I know smoke, and there are children and pets in both families. Smoking needs to end so that the children and even the animals in the family can have a long, healthy lifespan, where they won’t be so easily exposed to the dangerous secondhand smoke. Not to mention the harm being put on the smokers themselves. In addition, when parents smoke, their children are more susceptible to start smoking as adults, so it should be ended now, or as soon as possible, so that future generations don’t pass it down to their children.

I don’t have any ideas on how it could be officially ended, but I believe that if you put some resources into this problem, it could be solved. So, Next President, you should do something to end smoking, for the benefit of the country’s, and maybe even the world’s help.



Avondale High School

Avondale High School

Honors English 10

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