Smoking, the Wrong Choice

Smoking, the Wrong Choice
There are many people today who choose the path of smoking.
Many of my friends started smoking way before their eighteenth birthday and some continue to smoke now. I always asked them why they started to smoke and almost all of them said that everyone else did so why not try it. Well that curiosity is leading to a life- long addiction of dishing out more than $30 a week on cigarette cartons, lighting up after every few hours, and standing outside in the bitter cold freezing to have a few drags.
Peter Brimelow wrote an article called Thank You for Smoking. Peter is a senior editor for Forbes magazine; this is taken from Forbes magazine on July 4, 1994. This was in my written communication book as an example of an argumentative essay. He a major claim, minor claim, and warrants, all needed for a good rebuttal essay but the support for all of these is misleading.

Brimelow?s Claims and Backing

This article implies that the government is doing badly by having the tobacco companies pay for smoking-related health care costs and stating that lawyers are a disease and hide the real truth about how cigarettes are not always unhealthy. This article also implies that smoking can benefit your health in some ways but also accepting The Surgeon General?s warning on various diseases caused by smoking. Peter states that ?it appears the human system can clear the effects of three to five of the much stronger pre- 1960 cigarettes, if dispersed across a day, with relatively little risk.? (Brimelow 143). Peter is mistaken All smoking, no matter how much, is bad for all people and can harm the body in some way.

Problems with Brimelow?s Claims and Backing

Brimelow says that the government is targeting tobacco companies by having them pay for smoke- related health care costs and stating that second hand smoking is bad risk for nonsmokers. (Brimelow 141). It gives a bad representation to tobacco companies and does put a significant blame on them. However a 55 year old woman who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is on a waiting list for lung replacement has nothing to do but wait. Should she be responsible to pay for all that surgery all alone? If she has been smoking for over 35 years people did not know the effects of smoking back then. Should she have to pay for not knowing what she was doing was going to give her a terminal disease and shorten her life significantly. Tobacco companies are a billion dollar industry, advertising just about anywhere? They have some of the best well paid lawyers in the country fighting for them in disputes involving paying for peoples health care costs involving smoking related diseases. Peter states that the tobacco companies are targeted and the Environmental Protection Agency has claimed that secondhand smoke is a risk for nonsmokers. This is in indeed a true fact a person who breaths in secondhand smoke take in all the bad chemicals the smoker does but the smoke is more dangerous. Secondhand smoke contains 4,000 substances; more than 40 are known to cause cancer. About 3,000 deaths occur each year associated with secondhand smoke. (Brimelow). Brimelows?s major claim is that ?smoking in some small ways is good for you. He argues two major reasons why people continue to smoke today regardless that they have been told that smoking is bad for them. The long drag of the cigarette gives you the taste pleasure that is hard to match.

Cigarettes also stimulate alertness and dexterity but caffeine also gives the body same effect. Caffeine also does not have the bad affects that smoking has on your body. It is no wonder that cigarettes cause alertness with 4,000 different chemicals in one single cigarette. (Brimelow). The only reason why most of these people aren?t quitting smoking is the fact that they are addicted. Nicotine is one of the most addicting substances known to man; the body craves this chemical once the body has had it in its system. People do not smoke to become more alert or when they need to be extra awake. People smoke because their body tells them that it is time for another cigarette.

Peter also points out other health benefits from smoking. These are a reduction in cases of Parkinson?s disease, Alzheimer?s disease, endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, osteoarthritis, and colon cancer. (Brimelow 142). All of the above statistics are based on 50% less than nonsmokers. This cuts the population in half because we are not sure what causes any of these diseases at this point in time. Peter makes the statistic look good saying if you smoke you have 50% chance of not acquiring this disease. This is like randomly picking people to have this disease. These statistics are not all false and not all true but to have a good strong argument.

When someone stays up the night before until four in the morning studying for a mid-term exam and your tired the next day; should you light up a cigarette to keep you alert and awake? Knowing that when you inhale that cigarette you are inhaling a life time of buying a carton every week and taking cigarette breaks outside. Knowing that you are setting yourself up for terminal diseases such as lung cancer and emphysema both can slowly kill anyone. These diseases are proven by medical research to come from long term smoking.

In conclusion Peter?s article on the positive affects of smoking is misleading. Most of his facts are not totally true. Smoking is a bad habit that not only is expensive but also kills you in the long run.

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