Picture this, 3 year old Jonathan fights for his life everyday because he is diagnosed with asthma caused by his mother’s daily abuse of smoking. One day, he is being rushed to the hospital from a terrorizing asthma attack he had during school. Three hours later, he recovers from his attack and his mom is driving him home. While the street light turns green, the mother presses on the gas pedal, BAMB! The car is totaled, “Jonathan?! JONATHAN?!” … no response. Jonathan was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver who passed a red light. If we didn’t allow for these substances to be legal, this would have never happened. We should band alcohol and nicotine like other drugs.
Just like all the other drugs are illegal, alcohol and nicotine should also be illegal, especially because they are more dangerous to us! Shouldn’t any substance that can cause damage be banned? It’s like picking your own poison, not only is that insane, but we are “picking” or letting the most dangerous ones be legal! British experts evaluated substances including alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and marijuana, ranking them on how destructive they are. Overall, alcohol and nicotine were found to be one of the deadliest ones. Not only are they deadly, but the urge to use these substances is very high. “When heavily dependent users of cocaine are asked to compare the urge to cocaine with the urge to smoke cigarettes, about 45% say the urge to smoke is as strong or stronger then that for cocaine,” states the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
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Keep in mind that cocaine is an illegal drug, while nicotine isn’t, yet studies show that the urge to smoke is the same as or stronger than cocaine.
It not only use, its abuse. Alcohol consummation can become an addiction. Drug addictions can really affect your personal life. British researchers discovered that these substances had a role in breaking up families and being economically costly, such as: health care, social services, and prison. Even though most people say, “it’s one drink and that’s it,” the actual truth is 33 million Americans are binge drinkers, meaning they consume five or more drinks on a single occasion, according to people who combat substance abuse on an internet website.
Not only are alcohol and nicotine an influence on your personal life, but they also harm your health. Every drug has its health issues. You may think you’re “cool” at the moment, or that “nothing” will happen to you, but that’s the exact mentality that got tobacco educator, Debi Austin, the hole in her throat. She quoted, “I was in a hurry to grow up. I started smoking in 1963, at age 13. I thought it made me look older and it looked cool, at least in my mind. Now it’s hard to look cool with a hole in your throat the size of a quarter.” Tracheotomy is only one of the things you can get from smoking. According to medical doctors on an internet website, tobacco also can cause: heart attacks, strokes, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and cancer. Alcohol also has its health problems, it can cause: heart disease, cancer, liver problems, infections, mental disorders, malnutrition (can cause physical harm), impotence, and infertility in men. Can you believe that one “little smoke” or drink can cause all that damage? Well believe it because it’s the truth. Now if you’re still not convinced that alcohol and nicotine should be banned, I’d like to address some counter-arguments.
Some may state that the sale of alcohol and nicotine helps our economy because of the high taxes on them, but when you look at the costs of all the health problems that occur when these are used, you can see that we actually lose money instead of gaining it. Others may say that a portion of alcohol consummation my help take away the stress that is inflicted onto our daily lives, but most people abuse the amount. There are also other ways of relieving stress, such as: journaling, meditating, yoga, sexual intercourse, taking walks, music, etc. Alcohol doesn’t have to be the first solution we run to. Lastly, of those who have a good sense of historical knowledge, may bring up the time when America first tried to band alcohol in the 1920’s. They would state that this did several things: create organized crime, and actually increase the number of drunkards, as well as destroy the economy, but what they don’t remember is that in the time of prohibition deaths from alcohol dropped. Would you rather have a small rebellion that people would get over with over time, or would you rather have the amounts of deaths increase? Either way, if there were a rebellion, that’s why we have officers to control these kinds of disruptions.
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If you still don’t believe in my statement, then let me clue you into something. As I have proven, tobacco and alcohol have more harsh negatives than the rare positives. Why keep something that is just hurting us? We are just losing money, and technically murdering anyone we sell these substances to. Save a life or save a drug? I’ll let you be the judge on that.