Olivia H.

The purpose of an invention is to make our lives better, easier, or more enjoyable. In 1881 James Bonsack's invention changed the world. Social classes from high to low all know about James' invention. It became the norm, everyone had it and everyone wanted to get their hands on the luxury item. The taste was smooth and it had the ability to boost your social image. Bonsack's invention also led to cancer, shortened life span, heart diseases, and even death, the cigarette. 

"Okay, you can come in now." The air was heavy and thick but had a hint of air freshener. I began to walk to the bed on the side of the wall. As I made my way through the smoky air I tried my hardest to hold my breath. I smiled as hard I could to hide the true expression of disgust I was feeling. I couldn't hold it any longer. I tried to minimize my cough as I sat on the bed and received a soft kiss on my forehead. "Hey grandma." The cigarette, a said to be luxury item, changed my grandmother's world. My grandmother smoked cigarettes for years. She lost blood circulation in her right leg, right under her knee. Three weeks spent in the hospital and three more weeks at rehabilitation center after her amputation surgery. Lung Cancer hit next, a total of 12 weeks spent at the chemotherapy and radiation center. All this at the stake to look "cool", to have that addictive satisfying taste, but for what? There was nothing to gain from smoking cigarettes besides addiction, pain, and may lead to death.

According to CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tabacco is the largest cause of death in the United States that is preventable. James Bonsack's invention has done nothing but help kill more than 480,000 Americans each year, not including those who suffer from second hand smoke. Smoking has made it more likely for people to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer just like my grandmother. There are dangerously high risks of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer anywhere in the body for smokers. Thousands of people have lost love ones and their own lives to one single invention. 

No smoking allowed. Today everywhere you go you can bet there might be a sign that prohibits smoking. Cigarettes is one of the most death causing inventions the world has seen. There are no gains to society or positive propose to the invention what so ever. Instead, people today are coming up with ways to get rid of the pointless invention all together. There are lots of organizations, like the American Lung Association, that strive to help people quit smoking and reduce smoker’s health risks. When my grandmother began to quit smoking things were very hard for her but in the long run it was the most necessary action to save her life. I believe the world would be much better off without a useless invention like the cigarette.