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This year alone cigarettes will kill over 420000 Americans and many more will suffer from cancerous circulatory and respiratory system diseases These horrible illnesses were originally thought to have originated from cigarettes Recently the Food and Drug Administration declared nicotine the main chemical additive in cigarettes addictive This explains why smokers continue to use cigarettes even though smokers are aware of the health dangers with smoking Although smokers make up the majority of people who suffer from cigarettes they are not the only ones suffering from cigarette smoke UC San Francisco scientist and author Stanton Glantz estimates that the amount of second-hand smoke inhaled by the typical nonsmoker is equivalent to one cigarette smoked per day Even that amount of cigarette smoke can damage a persons heart Some researchers have also concluded that smoking by pregnant women causes the deaths of over 5000 babies and 115000 miscarriages For years cigarettes have been known to cause cancer emphysema and other illnesses The deaths of many Americans this year will be due to cigarettes As stated by Lonnie Bristow MD of the American Medical Association at her speech to Indiana University cigarettes still account for more preventable deaths than alcohol illegal drugs AIDS suicide transportation accidents fires and guns do combined We can no longer stand aside and watch fellow Americans die because they smoke cigarettes Thousands of smokers try to rid themselves of cigarettes but cant because of the addiction they develop directly related to its chemical additive nicotine If cigarettes were outlawed not only would we be saving millions of smokers but also thousands of nonsmokers as well Opponents to the banning of cigarettes base their arguments on the possible negative impact that may come over Americas economy Such arguments include statements that ex-smokers could live longer and receive greater Social Security and Medicare payments and that tobacco farmers would lose a large piece of their revenue The opponents second statement about tobacco
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