Paper: The Statistics of Cigarettes Related Deaths in the United States

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 farmers is misleading because farmers also sell their tobacco for cigars, and in addition to tobacco hundreds of varieties of other cash crops may also be planted. The benefits of outlawing cigarettes greatly outnumber the disadvantages, for example, many scientists believe that there is a link between smoking and a shortened life span. Many studies suggest that the billions of dollars now spent on smoking related illnesses could create health care savings, and that smoking related outlawing cigarettes could reduce diseases, while companies could earn and added $8.4 billion. Also, families could save money by not purchasing cigarettes, and accidental fires which cost millions of dollars, caused by cigarettes, would cease. With mostly benefits attached to a restriction of cigarettes, the next logical step is to outlaw them. Although a complete ban on cigarettes currently remains far from reality, several organizations recently helped create a bill that could control cigarettes much in the same way the government now controls other drugs. One such organization, the Food and Drug Administration, headed by David Kesslar, drafted a major part, which would require many things. First, manufacturers would have to disclose the 700 chemical additives in cigarettes. Second, the level of harmful chemical additives would be reduced or prohibited. Cigarette companies would be required to warn of the addictive nature of nicotine, restrict tobacco advertising and promotion, and control the level of nicotine cigarettes contain. As we near a complete ban on cigarettes, there will be many shortcomings, but eventually cigarette sales will be stopped....