Smoking cigarettes has increasingly lost popularity over the last few decades, tobacco ads were banned from television and a multitude of research has pointed at cigarettes as the cause of a myriad of cancers. On the rise however, is the use of the electronic cigarette or e-cig. The e-cig uses a battery driven heating element to vaporize a fluid generally made of “nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine, water and flavourings” (Farsalinos et al, 2501) which when inhaled, delivers nicotine to the respiratory system. The assumption is that vaping is much safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes because the user is inhaling a water based vapor rather than smoke loaded with carcinogenic chemicals. The first patent records of electronic cigarettes appeared in the 1920s, however due to the FDA the idea stalled until 2003 when a Chinese company developed an e-cig with the intent of targeting smoking cessation.
Unfortunately, society has listened to too many of the myths and misconceptions of the true value of cannabis. Although there would be a pandemic concern of adolescents obtaining cannabis, the medical and social benefits of cannabis outweigh the negatives and should be legal for all the United States. Marijuana has been used historically for thousands of years. In the United States, it was banned for its use and sales by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. “Despite federal laws prohibiting marijuana, in 1996, California and Arizona passed state initiatives legalizing marijuana for medical use by patients suffering from serious illnesses, These initiatives sparked a national debate over the medical use of marijuana, which Elisabeth Frater explores in the following selection, Frater explains that supporters of the initiatives believe marijuana has true health benefits, such as providing relief from pain and nausea when traditional medications prove ineffective” (Frater).
Likewise, the addiction rate associated with smoking is greater than that in marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine (“Think One Cigarette Can’t Hurt?”). It could be prevented, but few regulations on tobacco use in teenagers can consequently lead to premature death and a lifetime of stress on the body. A charter provision enacted by the Ann Arbor City Council recently placed a ban on the purchase of tobacco products to residents under the age of twenty one, a change from the previous age of eighteen. The bill received immense animosity and fury; so much so that Michigan senators Rick Jones and John Proos proposed senate bill number 1066, as a means of amending the original ordinance and essentially preventing the fluctuation of the state’s legal age (Jones, “Senate Bill No. 1066”).
Jean Paul Balzac Ms. Seijo English 10 4 February 2014 Marijuana In 1919, alcohol was made illegal across the United States with the goal to better people’s lives and make society safer. During the fourteen years that the prohibition lasted, crime rate nearly doubled, unemployment rose, and tax revenue decreased. Eventually the ban on alcohol was repealed because of its negative impact on the economy and society. Now fast forward to the year 2015, where a common substance known as marijuana is illegal. It was made illegal in the 1930’s for the same reasons as alcohol, because it was believed that it was going to do harm to society.
In 1984, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act which raised the drinking age from eighteen to twenty-one. Since then, the total number of fatally injured drivers who were under the influence of alcohol has dropped by fifty-seven percent among people between the ages of sixteen and twenty. Despite this, many still believe that the national drinking age should be lowered to eighteen. However, not only does a drinking age of twenty-one save lives, but underage drinking is also linked to both sexual assault and drug use. In addition, scientists say that the human brain is not fully developed until the age of twenty-five and that underage drinkers are much more likely to develop an alcohol-related problem later in life.
Since its creation in 2007, e-cigarettes have only grown in popularity, especially with teenagers. All over America, teens in high school and even middle school can be found vaping. Teens are far more likely to vape as they feel pressure to fit in and be cool. Therefore, teen vaping is a problem because it can lead to future health problems, the e-cigarette industry is not fully regulated, and it can lead to nicotine addiction. Vaping as an adolescent can lead to health issues in the future.
Chapter 4. Levitt and Dubner argue that abortion was a main cause in reducing crime in the late 20th century compared to common conceptions. The chapter opens up by mentioning the Communist dictator of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu, who outlawed abortion within the first few years of his reign while also banning contraception. The children born in the first years of the abortion ban scored lower in schools, had less career success, and more were prone to commit crimes than those born right before. One must note that both of these generations grew up under Ceausescu's rule.
But while it has succeeded in that, it is also believed that tougher rules, such as DUI rules and seatbelt safety rules have also played a part in this decrease. However, this higher drinking age hasn’t reduced drinking, its only “driven it underground,” Gabrielle Glaser states in her NY Times article. It has been driven underground to the riskiest settings, high school parties and frat parties that are unsupervised. This age raise segregates the drinking away from adults that can model moderation in drinking. If an 18-year-old high school senior is shown by his/her parent(s) how to drink responsibly and in moderation, I believe that it would greatly help in reducing the chance of making bad decisions by overdoing it, such as driving while drinking.
From statistics like that it can be concluded that restricting gun control will make crimes more common. A few states have decided that gun control needs to be tightened and they found something surprising. Washington D.C. banned handguns and the murder rate rose seventy three percent other states that have done this saw similar results (Gun Control-Just Facts). People argue that by limiting access to weapons and taking away the right to own firearms crime will go down. In places where that has been done it has not worked and most criminals state that they stole or had a family member supply them with their firearm (Gun Control-Procon.org).
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 732,000 American children were saved from death and 322 million cases of childhood illnesses were prevented between 1994 and 2014 due to vaccination.” With these given statistics, Parents should be more than willing to vaccinate with all the lives saved in the years past. One main factor that makes the vaccines safe is the ingredients used. While used in large quantities, thimerosal, formaldehyde, and aluminum can be dangerous but scientist have lowered the dosage to a healthy form. Along with using safe ingredients, each vaccine has to be tested up to 10 years or more before they are licensed. Then they are monitored by the CDC and FDA before ever using them on patients.
Recent reforms can curb the opioid epidemic. Yes, health care professionals have realized the complex problem and they now understand the problem and what needs to be done. According to CQ Researcher, “Experts see some progress in the fight against opioid painkiller abuse. After peaking in 2012, the number of prescriptions written for opioids declined 12 percent between 2013 and 2015, according to IMS Health, a market research company. Symphony Health Solutions, a data company that studies the pharmaceutical industry, found an 18 percent drop in that period.” One reason there is potential to curb the epidemic is a change in the way doctors think.
This phase introduced graphic photos and warnings to be compulsory for all Tobacco packages. Another phase was launched on 26th December 2006 and raised awareness on smoking among youths. This campaign encouraged many to reject and quit smoking and had a total cost of $103 million dollars. The Anti-Smoking Campaign was put into action on 28th February 2010 and encouraged many to quit smoking by informing smokers that when they smoke they inhale over 4000 chemicals. This campaign ran for 13 weeks on television, billboards, cinema, print, digital and radio.
Expository Essay #2 Question The Synar Amendment With the aim of reducing the number of tobacco-related premature deaths per year, numerous laws restricting the underage access to tobacco products were enacted by the United States government in the 1990s. The most significant one was the Synar Amendment, which was adopted in June 1992 and afterwards changed the basis of anti-tobacco regulations at both the state and local level. In this essay, I will provide a clear definition of the term as well as state the reasons for choosing it as a source for my research paper. To begin with, the Synar Amendment has been passed in a congress of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is under the supervision from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 1992. The law, which was named after its sponsor (Mike Synar), was a contingent prohibition on the sale of tobacco to minors.
In my research, I’ve found that there happen to be more pros than cons to the act. With there being a lengthy list of them, I’ve dissected the list to two vital pros. One of those pros is that The Affordable Care Act helps to prevent illness among the youth in America through many law revisions. The Affordable Act allows youth to remain under their parent 's’ health insurance until the age of 26. Because of the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of uninsured youths fell from 48% in 2010 to 21% in 2012 and continues to drop to this day.
Over the past few years several proponent have made claims that since electronic cigarettes were first introduced on the market that the harm of smoking has significant cut that electronic cigarettes will be a better way in promote smoking cessation (Purssell 398+). Many of these proponent agree not only does electronic cigarettes provide smokers with a smoking cessation, but the level of toxins in electronic cigarette is lower than what it is in traditional tobacco cigarettes (Purssell 398+). According to a recent study smokers are more like stop making tobacco cigarettes without finding another alternative such as electronic cigarettes (Purssell 398+). Purselll mention, “study does show that tobacco smokers who depend upon tobacco cigarettes