Smoking At the Ammerman Campus By Richard Effinger


Smoking is a huge problem for the economy’s health in the United States. At the Ammerman Campus, I would say approximately 35% of students smoke cigarettes on campus, causing many people to experience second hand smoke. People should take a stand and prevent people from smoking anymore on this campus.

Each year, about 46,000 nonsmokers in the United States die from heart disease caused by secondhand smoke (cdc.gov). A person who smokes doesn’t realize that their harmful fumes are damaging to not only the people around them, but also themselves. There is absolutely no benefit from smoking a cigarette, but that does not stop any smokers at Suffolk Community College. The campus has tried to prevent second hand smoking by displaying signs on buildings that say “no smoking within 50 ft. of the building” and students disregard that sign completely. Even though there aren’t any security officers patrolling the campus to enforce this law, students still should take into consideration the health of others, and smoke farther away from the building.

In my opinion, Smoking should be banned from the campus because it not only hurts the smoker but it hurts others. Smokers also pollute the air, damaging the nature around them as well. Students shouldn’t have to breathe the harmful fumes of a cigarette if they don’t have to. By breathing in the cigarette smoke, it could cause many cancers and especially lung cancer. In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths; that equals out to 443,000 deaths annually (Cancer.org).

Smokers have the right to smoke a cigarette if they choose to. The cigarette manufacturers should come up with a way to have only the smoker experience the harmful fumes and not others. They have made electronic cigarettes for people to try and quit smoking. Electronic cigarette is a mechanical cigarette which allows you to inhale and exhale water vapor, to help prevent you from not only breathe in harmful fumes, but to prevent others from inhaling the cigarette smoke as well. In the United States, the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, figured out that an estimated 8.7 million Americans age 12 and older (3.5 percent) had used smokeless tobacco in the past month (isms.org). this statistic must improve in order to help the many Americans still experiencing second-hand smoke.

The economy today has many flaws in the system which are damaging to the American citizens. Cigarette smoking is one of the many which is not only harmful to the smoker but it is also harmful to the non-smokers trying to stay healthy and inhale clean air. People should consider the health of others, and think twice next time they smoke a cigarette.

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