By: Skilar Anderson

Smoking tobacco may be legal, but that does not mean that it is good for you. In America tobacco takes the lives of more than 480,000 each year and an average of 1,300 a day. Tobacco leads to many diseases and disabilities that can be prevented. When you analyze the harm of illegal drugs, there is no doubt that cigarettes are far more worse.

It seems logical for us to treat cigarettes like any other harmful substance and make it illegal, but many people may disagree for the reason that it’s their personal freedom. There are thousands of harmful effects of cigarettes and why they remain legal is surprising. The government should put health over pleasure and eliminate cigarettes.

Smoking can cause many diseases, such as long-term respiratory disease, heart disease, and also cancer of the lungs, mouth, upper throat, larynx, trachea, and esophagus. There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and a number of them are toxic and can damage our cells. Tobacco mainly consists of nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar.

Nicotine in liquid form is a very powerful poison that is deadly. It is highly addictive making most smokers unable to quit. When exposed to nicotine it constricts blood vessels, increases blood pressure, stimulates the heart, and raises the blood fat levels.

Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. When smoking,the body absorbs the carbon monoxide into your bloodstream. It decreases muscle and heart function, causes fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and can be very toxic for babies in the womb.

Tar consists of many cancer causing chemicals. When inhaling smoke most of the tar remains permanently in your lungs. When absorbed by the lungs it can cause cells to die. Cigarette smoke will also paralyze or destroy the cilia, which are fine hairs that line your upper airways and help protect against infections. When the cilia is damaged the tar is able to absorb further into the lungs and increase your risk for dangerous health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.