THE PRODUCTION AND SALE OF CIGARETTES SHOULD BE ILLEGAL

Malang, 12 April 2013

Khafidhotun Nadliroh

Increasing health problems that caused by smoking, more and more people think that the production and sale of cigarettes should be made illegal. Smoking is no doubt brings harmful for people in its every ways. There is nothing good about the cigarettes so I agree with this statement. There are some reasons why the production and sale of cigarettes should be illegal.

The first, smoking cigarettes causes different kinds of cancer. The effects of smoking on human health are serious and in many cases that is deadly because of cancer. The fact is that cigarettes smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer causing compounds and 400 other toxins. These include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and arsenic. The ingredients in cigarettes affect everything from the internal function of organs to the efficiency of the body’s immune system. A lot of smokers want to stop smoking cigarettes but they cannot stop it, due to their addiction to the chemicals in cigarettes.

The second, cigarettes also give bad effect to the children’s lungs because of cigarettes smoke. In fact, the chemicals that effect to the lungs are tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide, karsinogen, and iritan. Bronchitis and asthma are the lung diseases that are often found in children whose parents smoke. Research in the UK shows, children under the age of 1 year old whose mothers smoke more than 1 pack per day had a risk of bronchitis and asthma twice as high. Cigarettes also hamper the children’s lungs development. The lung capacities of children decrease 7 % if they are passive smokers, but if they are also smokers, their lung capacities decrease 25 %.

The third, the cigarettes give bad effects to the teenager’s future. Based on Litbang Depkes data in the 2003, showed that the consumers of cigarettes dominated by teenagers. Age started smoking in Indonesia which is highest in the age group 15 – 19 years as much as 63,7 %. They have stigma of smoking cigarettes that is cool. They also just want to have fun hiding their smoking habit. They totally don’t understand the bad effects of smoking. Then obviously, there are no such ways to stop their bad habits and stop smoking cigarettes. That is the only way to make sure our next generation have a better life.

From the third reason, the explanation of cigarettes can give bad effects to the teenager’s future, but there are another side that cigarettes help the smokers to get their creativities and inspiration. When they are smoking, their brains are relax and fresh. In example, Dimas Djayadiningrat who is a famous film director said that cigarette is one of his mates. Besides that, he can be more concentrate when he is smoking. Although he is in the crowded area, he can concentrate to direct a movie. Without smoking, he feels this world is nothing. So, he gets inspiration and explores his creativities about his movies or videos by smoking cigarettes.

Now you know that the production of cigarettes should be made illegal. Smoking cigarettes cause cancer, give bad effect to the lungs and the teenager’s future. All those things prove that the illegalization of the production and sale of cigarettes is the right choice.

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