LETTER: Just ban smoking

Most people know that smoking can cause major health problems, not only to the smokers, other people, and Mother Nature. It causes 8
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Most people know that smoking can cause major health problems, not only to the smokers, other people, and Mother Nature. It causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths, and it can also shorten the smoker's life by 10 years or more. Smoking is deadly. Nearly 440,000 of more than 2.4 million annual deaths are due to smoking.

Another danger that is less well known of smoking, is third-hand smoke. That means that long after the cigarette has been put out, toxic particles of cigarette smoke can remain on surfaces as well as hair and clothing. Just think, people can easily get smoking particles on their clothing, hair and toys. Little kids might chew on items with smoking particles. Prof. Jonathon Winickoff states, "The dangers of third-hand smoke are very real -- when you smoke -- any place, toxic particulate matter from tobacco smoke gets into your hair and clothing."

If you smoke outside, it can harm Mother Nature. Smoking can cause pollution and animals and humans can breathe it in when they are outside. After that, the pollution can get into our lungs and we could get really sick. Honestly, I don't think that smokers realize they are polluting the air -- think how much cleaner the entire world would be if smokers realize what they are doing.

There is a simple solution -- smoking should be banned everywhere because of smoking's negative effect on our health and Mother Nature.

Lynea Nemire

Berlin Heights