Talia T.

I believe the world would be a better place if it had not been for the invention of cigarettes. There are a multitude of reasons to support my belief, however three specific reasons will suffice, i.e., this country’s life expectancy could be longer for a nonsmoker; people would have a healthier physical appearance, and there would be no need for smoking/nonsmoking areas - segregating smokers from the rest of the world. 

The first reason would be increase life expectancy. If cigarettes had not been invented in 1865, the rate of deaths from lung cancer would significantly decrease. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer leads in the cause of cancer deaths, and according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, it is the second most common cancer in men and women. Presently, smoking cigarettes is responsible for 87% of lung cancers in the United States of America.  

Cigarettes are very addictive. Many adults and some teens are addicted to cigarettes because of the large amounts of nicotine in them. Additionally, not only can cigarette smoking cause cancer (and other debilitating respiratory illness), but it also can affect those exposed through second-hand smoke. If cigarettes were never invented, there would be one less harmful substance that people could be drawn to leading to addition.  

Furthermore, there would be less house fires and fatalities due to cigarette smoking. Many deaths across this country have occurred due to people falling asleep with a lit cigarettes.  

If cigarettes were never invented, smokers would look and feel better. Cigarettes give people a bad smell and taste in their mouth. Cigarettes stain teeth and compromise a smoker’s sense of smell. A cigarette smell is so strong and lingering that even if no one is currently smoking, you can smell the smoke in cars, houses and clothes.  

Also, a cigarette smoker’s life span is shortened, blood vessels become constricted, and lung capacity is compromised, not being able to function optimally.

I also believe that if cigarettes were never invented, people would not feel isolated and segregated from the general public. Many establishments now, such as churches, schools, movie theaters and restaurants, have rules against any type of smoking. Hotels even have certain rooms for smokers and seem to be leaning toward being completely smoke-free environments.

I wonder if cigarettes were never invented how much money and lives would be saved. I believe without cigarettes, our society would live a longer, healthier and richer life.