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Addicted Until Death It is Easter Sunday and your whole family gathers together for a wonderful meal This is one of the few times each year you get to see all of your aunts uncles cousins and nephews A special occasion such as this would be perfect if it werent for that gray cloud looming overhead It is an actual gray cloud of smoke No mom didnt burn the turkey its cigarette smoke Most of your family members are smoking Despite your great aunts recent struggle with lung cancer your loved ones continue filling the room with that disgusting carcinogen It isnt because they dont realize the dangers of smoking but because they simply can not stop Cigarette smoking is very addictive and many people have little power to quit If people can not remove this demon themselves I call upon the government to remove it for them Since 1964 we have known that cigarette smoking is a cause of cancer and other serious diseases yet hundreds of thousands of Americans still die each year because of tobacco-related illnesses CDC 1 Lung cancer which is responsible for over 400000 deaths each year is the number-one cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States Greater than ninety percent of these deaths are directly caused by cigarette smoking Grannis With the absence of cigarettes these deaths could have been avoided How can we sit back and watch the senseless suicides caused by smoking Not only are the smokers that in danger but also the ones that are closest to them Environmental tobacco smoke second hand smoke is responsible for over fifty thousand deaths every year Grannis These deaths should be classified as murders Smokers are involuntarily killing their loved ones and themselves but they cannot seem to stop Only seven percent of smokers who determine that they want to quit are successful long-term 2 This addiction is primarily due to
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