2 April 2014
GE117P Composition 1 – Homework (Formal Letter)
To the Honorable Jon Runyon
1239 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
RE: Why Smoking Should BE Banned
Dear Congressman Runyan:
My name is David Hollman and there is some very strong documentation on the dangers of smoking that need to be shared with you and reasons why smoking should be banned. According to the article on the ehow web site, the smoking of tobacco via cigarettes or other means poses many serious health risks. Although the most well-known is an increased incidence of lung cancer, tobacco smoking is a health hazard for many reasons. (Cloe) The hazards are Pulmonary Diseases, Cardiovascular effects, infections caused by smoking and effects during pregnancy just to name a few.
One of the most serious consequences of damage from tobacco smoke is done to the lungs. Smoke contains carbon monoxide and cyanide (poisons) which causes the lung tissue to become less elastic making the simple task of breathing very difficult. As a result, a serious life changing condition can result as in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema. Another significant risk from smoking is the effects to the cardiovascular system. Not only does it cause an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, but also increases the risk of peripheral vascular disease and atherosclerosis. This can lead to blood vessels narrowing and can also change the way cells divide and can change the shape of the heart.
Smoking a high number of cigarettes a day puts the smoker at higher risk for infections. Tuberculosis, Pneumonia or bronchitis are common in smokers due to the chance of a weakened immune system.
Lastly, Smoking and Pregnancy is a major concern. Smoking leads to increased health problems of an unborn fetus and the increased in the chance of a woman having a miscarriage. Also, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is linked to secondhand smoke.
I respectfully request...