Smoking Rep. Mitch Greenlick of Portland, would make

Smoking cigarettes can be an expensive habit. Considering that the average price per pack of cigarettes in this state is at least $8.00, people who smoke two packs of cigarettes a day spend $16.00 per day on their habit. At the end of one year, these smokers have spent $5,840.00 But the price of cigarettes is not the only expense cigarette smokers acquire. Since cigarette smoke has an offensive odor that permeates clothing, stuffed furniture, and carpeting; smokers often find that these items must be cleaned more frequently than those of nonsmokers. Additionally, smoking affects one’s health and productivity, so health and life insurance cost more for smokers than for nonsmokers. There is also some evidence that smokers generally earn less at work than nonsmokers, possibly because they are perceived as being less productive and successful. Although it is difficult to estimate these additional costs, one can see that these hidden expenses do contribute to making smoking an expensive habit. According to the “The real coast of smoking by state” Smoking can take a huge amount of your money. “Smoking can not only ruin your health, it can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet. Tobacco use accounts for nearly half a million deaths in the U.S. each year and is the leading cause of lung cancer, according to the American Lung Association. Even those around tobacco smokers aren’t safe from its harmful effects. Since 1964, smoking-related illnesses have claimed 20 million lives in the U.S, 2.5 million of which belonged to non-smokers who developed diseases merely from secondhand-smoke exposure. ” In New York the average cost smokers use on cigarettes in a lifetime is $2,313,025. Previous studies have demonstrated that smoking can lead to loss of income ,creating a wage gap between smokers and nonsmokers. The ban, sponsored by State Rep. Mitch Greenlick of Portland, would make nicotine a controlled substance, and says possessing more than 0.1 milligrams would be illegal, punishable by a year in prison or a $6,250 fine. Exceptions would be made for people who had a doctor’s prescription for the drug,  according to the bill. Tobacco clearly takes a significant toll on the lives of Americans, causing 450,000 premature deaths each year, and drastic measures should be taken to eliminate the habit from our lives, including, some say, banning cigarettes. But others argue that, in today’s society, such a goal is overly idealistic, and would be extremely difficult to implement. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration banned the manufacture and distribution of flavored cigarettes, such as chocolate and cherry, over concerns that the products encouraged youth smoking. However, banning all cigarette products is a different matter entirely. Barriers to passing such a ban include the power of big tobacco companies, the cost of enforcing such a law, and the rise of a black market for cigarettes.Smoking cigarettes can be an expensive habit. Cigarettes pose a wide range of health risks, including blindness, stroke, heart attacks, osteoporosis, and more forms of cancer and lung disease than you can shake a stick at. Cigarettes contain 599 additives, and function as “a delivery system for toxic chemicals and carcinogens.”  Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. Cigarettes ingredients include nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde (a colorless pungent gas in solution made by oxidizing methanol.ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Nicotine is highly addictive. Smoke containing nicotine is inhaled into the lungs, and the nicotine reaches your brain in just six seconds. Nicotine in small doses acts as a stimulant to the brain. In large doses, it’s a depressant, decreasing the flow of signals between nerve cells. In even larger doses, it’s considered a lethal poison, affecting the heart, blood vessels, and hormones. Nicotine in the bloodstream acts to make the smoker feel calm. As a cigarette is smoked, the amount of tar inhaled into the lungs increases, and the last puff contains more than twice as much tar as the first puff. Carbon monoxide makes it harder for red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Tar is a mixture of substances that together form a sticky mass in the lungs. Most of the chemicals inhaled in cigarette smoke stay in the lungs. The more you inhale, the greater the damage to your lungs. A ban would encourage smokers to smoke less or give up. If smoking was banned in public places, it would no longer be a social activity. Instead, smokers would have to leave their friends inside and go outside to smoke. This would be particularly unpleasant when it is cold/wet. One third of smokers in Scotland said the ban was helping them to cut down. If smoking was a less social activity, fewer people would start smoking. In many countries, governments pay all or some of the cost of treating smoking-related diseases. This means that governments should have a right to discourage smoking. It is legal to smoke tobacco, so governments have no right to try to make people stop. It is therefore wrong to argue that a ban on public smoking should be introduced to encourage people to give up. Smokers fund their own healthcare through the high taxes they pay on tobacco. In any case, heavy smokers are unlikely to give up since they are addicted to nicotine.Smoking cigarettes can be an economic boost for the world because Smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion each year . Nearly $170 billion for direct medical care for adults. More than $156 billion in lost productivity, including $5.6 billion in lost productivity due to secondhand smoke exposure it would cost the government a lot more funds to house the increased number of prisoners. This would also cost the taxpayers millions of more dollars, something that we do not need in today’s economy. The government must provide food, health care, clothing, and rehabilitation costs .In the state of California it cost on average $47,102 a year! Forty five million adults in America smoke. So let’s say that half of these people give up the drug (which is very unlikely) and the rest go to jail for a whole year. Nearly 43,000 people were employed in some aspect of tobacco manufacturing in 1993. When it comes to smokers faring better than non-smokers after suffering a heart attack, it is believed that age plays a factor. Since smoking leads to heart attack, and at a far younger age than commonly found in non-smokers, it is believed that the more youthful heart attack sufferer can rebound better, thus, lowering the mortality rate statistically. The theory behind smoking and the decreased chance of obesity is that nicotine is a stimulant, which acts as an appetite suppressant.Prevention efforts must focus on both adolescents and young adults because among adults who become daily smokers, nearly all first use of cigarettes occurs by 18 years of age (88%), with 99% of first use by 26 years of age.