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Cigarettes are a huge part of many people’s lives and a familiar sight in today’s world. The Mayan civilisation chewed tobacco leaves and smoked, but they also mixed the tobacco leaves with other plants and herbs to make medicines. Columbus was probably the first European to see tobacco leaves and the first one to introduce tax on tobacco was King James I of England. 

Even though tobacco was very much enjoyed in the ancient world, the first health warnings began in the 1950s. Today, the tobacco industry receives negative publicity and the people are informed about the addictive and deadly effects of smoking. In spite of all the warnings, a good cigarette is enjoyed by many around the world.

What do you believe, should Smoking be banned permanently?

Penny Blaschak
"It is so hard to quit smoking" as my nephew stated. But he was not working and food stamps does not supply cigarettes. Now if no one gave him money or bought his cigarettes, then he would be clean. But as long as one has a supplier, one will always smoke.
Pam W
Until you QUIT, you'll never know how VILE your breath smells, or your hair and your clothes! You have no idea how other people avoid the smell coming from you, even after you put out the cigarette.

AND...until you've seen someone die from smoking-related diseases, you have no idea how you're risking your life.

Rhonda Farley
I have been a smoker for many years now. I have an e-cig that I smoke Chocolate liquid in, that helps, but I still continue to still buy cigarettes and smoke.
Amanda Grace
I am a smoker and I ahte it. I am 33 and somties have difficulty breathing. My dad had lung cancer, my grandmother COPS and my mom COPD. It still isnt enogh to make me stop. Senseless.
M. Keogh
My father started smoking when he was very young since everyone did and they didn't know better. He made his own cigarettes and they didn't even have filters. He ended up with a heart attack and had surgery in his legs for bad circulation since most of his arteries are clogged. He tried many times to stop but couldn't. When I became a teenager it made me so angry that he couldn't stop for his health that I have never smoked. Strangely enough I ended up having an inexplicable stroke but it is a miracle I came back the way I am today. I was told that if I wouldn't have been in the great shape I was the outcome would have been different. I have no doubt. Our children are not young adults and don't smoke. They think it is a stupid thing to do to yourself since there is absolutely not one good thing about it other than "fitting in". I don't understand how people in the medical field started smoking since they know and see what it does to you and know better. I find it sad: they should be an example and we want them around for a long time to keep us healthy for years to come.
Delilah Irby
My elderly neighbor who of which is a nurse was telling me how one of her patients nearly died, and the first thing he did when he got home was smoke a cigarette. He was that addicted.
Amalthea Darling
I would smoke if I could blow smoke skulls. Not all the time smoking, addiction isn't worth it, but occasionally, at parties, I'd smoke if I could show off blowing cool shapes.
Danielle Simms
I love to smoke as well. It is a nice way to unwind from a stressful day. I have been smoking for a long time and only gave it up when I was pregnant with my kids.
Lauren Andrews
Same. I've quit before for long periods of time (years, months). Like before major surgeries to cut down on blood clot risks.

But I truly just enjoy smoking. I think I'll only really quit if I can't afford it or when I'm pregnant. None of my family quit when they were pregnant, but I want healthy children.
Danielle Simms
When I was pregnant I could not stand the smell of it, could not be around others that smoked, the minute I had my kids, it was the first thing that I wanted to do. I was not able to breast feed due to other medical issues so I went right back to smoking. I am not a heavy smoker nor have I ever been. A carton of smokes lasts me well over a week.
Tom Coder
I honestly love to smoke. The act is a ritual to me, and helps me to unwind and relax. But, at the same time I am not a heavy smoker, I only have around 5 cigarettes a day.
Chynne Dixon
Smoking is a very harmful and nasty habit. I don't feel as if it should be banned though, since so many people are use to doing it. It's crazy how even though people knows the end effect of smoking they continue to do it.
Nona Owens
Cigarette smoke makes me sick. When I have a patient come into my office with a heavy smell of smoke on their clothes my nose stops up and my chest hurts. I have had to decline treatment for a couple because of this.
Onnuri Kwak
Well, i never liked tobacco smoking in first place, on top of that, my father side people did not have healthy lung, so I try to steer clear.
Payton Aquino
Smoking is really disgusting to me in my own opinion. I feel smokers don't respect others when it comes to their health. All of those parents who smoke around children as well. It is not healthy at all!! I did read that it is against the law in another state I think Oklahoma? I don't know exactly where, but yeah
Elena Qian
My boyfriend smokes and I don't like it because I don't want him to get ill in any way but there's something about the smell I like. It's weird.
Arielle C.
I think smoking is a bad thing. First, it can cause so many terrible things to your body like lung cancer or gum cancer or giving you a bad cough every now and then. Second, it pollutes our planet's air,the air we all breathe. Third, it can get in the lungs of others or influence others to smoke. Dying at a young age because of smoking can affect the people you love most. Smoking should be banned permanetly.
Susan Turner
Smoking is some thing you should be able to do if you want to and they still sell the product. If they take tobacco off the market then you should be able to tell people they can't smoke ,but it is still legal so what right does some one have to tell you you can't smoke. And this has nothing to do with whether it is good or bad for you I am just saying it is legal.
Deborah Dillon
I do not support a ban on smoking. if we are a truly free democratic society, then we would not have bans. I am a non-smoker who has left lobe lung cancer. so. a ban on smoking does not keep you safe from cancer.
'Colleen Chickie
I do not support smoking. I think it is stupid to pay for something that will take my life away. Just imagine how much money I can save instead and put it towards something that can benefit me rather than possibly give me cancer and kill me.
Katharine Danae
I used to smoke cigarettes but I quit. I only started smoking when I had met my ex but now I don't really smoke except a cigar to relax sometimes.
Sylvia Frazier
eye smoke. do not have the urge to quit. eye enjoy smoking. and with all the roll-your-own equipment available currently you get to cut that bill in half, safely.
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