Raise the Tax on Cigarettes!

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Theodora Blot
Professor Burt
LIB 111 T
9 December 2010
Raise the Tax on Cigarettes!
According to dictionary.com, a cigarette is “a cylindrical roll of finely cut tobacco cured for smoking, considerably smaller than most cigars and usually wrapped in thin white paper.”   There are various reasons for why people smoke cigarettes.   These reasons range from looking cool in most adolescents to relieving stress for most adults.   Whichever the reason, cigarettes are widely distributed among the United States and are among the most bought product in the market.   With smoking cigarettes comes a price.   Not only is there a monetary price on the actual product of cigarettes, but some people pay with their lives when they smoke too often.   The general public should be aware that by excessively taxing cigarettes, America could save lives in danger caused by cigarette smoking, use the money from the taxes on cigarettes to promote non-smoking campaigns, and even help boost the economy with the rest of the revenue taken from these taxes.
There are many different hazards to our health that can happen because of the environment that we live in, occupations we are involved in, and things that are just accidents.   One thing that we can control but is a direct threat to our health is cigarette smoking.   Cigarette smoking is very addicting and detrimental to our health.   Lung cancer is the most known disease that cigarette smoking can cause, but there are many other diseases caused by cigarette smoking.

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Soon enough, many more diseases were discovered to have been caused by cigarette smoking.   Written in the Associated Press in 2004, Surgeon General Richard Carmona released his first official assessment of smoking.   He included the following diseases that were not previously associated with cigarette smoking: acute myeloid leukemia and cancers of the cervix, kidney, pancreas and stomach; abdominal aortic aneurysm, cataracts, periodontitis and pneumonia.   These...