Editorial: Production of Tobacco Should be Illegal

Melina Dhital, Reporter

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“Smoking and tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year worldwide. Current trends show that this will increase to more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030,” according to STAND, anti-tobacco organization.

The cultivation of tobacco must be made illegal worldwide.

Tobacco is an agricultural crop, it is mostly used to make cigarettes. According to Sutter Health, tobacco can be processed, dried, rolled and smoked. They can also be used to make cigars, bidis, clove cigarettes, and kreteks. Loose-leaf tobacco which can be smoked in pipes and hookahs. There are also smokeless tobacco, in which the users can chew tobacco or snuff. Either ways, tobacco is mostly used for smoking and it ultimately does cause harm to your body.

One way people die from tobacco use is through Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, heart attacks, and other diseases account for 45% of all human deaths each year, according to The Tobacco Atlas, a partnership between the American Cancer Society. And all those needless deaths are caused by tobacco use.

Research and science has stated that the major cause of cancer and other illness, such as heart diseases, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other illnesses are because of smoking tobacco. According to Tobacco Free Live, there are many health risks that is caused by people smoking, for example cancer, one of the many sickness that tobacco products can bring into the users body. Smoking tobacco can cause cancer in areas of nose, mouth, throat, lungers, liver, stomach, kidneys, blood, esophagus, and etc.  

Smokeless tobacco can increase cancers around the mouth areas, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Use of tobacco can also increase the risk of heart disease, which can lead to strokes or even a heart attack.  The consumption and production of tobacco should be made illegal because it is not healthy, it has killed and will kill millions of people.

In tobacco is a very dangerous chemical called nicotine, a toxic, colorless, oily liquid. National Institute on Drug Abuse said that nicotine is a stimulant where it it immediately stimulates the adrenal glands to release epinephrine, a hormone also known as adrenaline. This hormone does the job of increasing blood pressure, breathing and heart rate. When people try to quit they can experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, problems paying attention, a very strong craving for more tobacco, and etc. There are ways to provide those who need the help so they can quit smoking.

“I regret picking up smoking in the first place. It’s just addictive,” Rose, a patient who told her story on the Centers for Disease Control website.  Rose was a smoker who started at age 13 could not stop and died January 2015, at the age of 60 due to cancer.  The cancer was caused by smoking.

The U.S. Department of Health and HUman Services have provided a national tool-free quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, with the information and help necessary to quit smoking.