There has been a growing trend in America. That trend stems from the fact that as an American we are allowed to say or do basically anything we want, as long as our words and actions don’t impede upon the standard of living of others. That golden rule for the United States has allowed for so many advancements socially, economically, scientifically, and even technologically. The freedom of expression and practice in the United States has allowed it to become the global juggernaut that it is today and has given all its citizens a leg up in its standard of living when compared with other nations around the world.
All that being said there is one freedom that is allowed despite its risks and downfalls merely because it pumps money into the economy. That freedom is smoking and since it’s introduction to a functioning economy back in the late 1500′s by Christopher Columbus it has been a staple to every economy that it has been sold in. For the United States it has been an exponential climb from their installment as a nation and it’s standing today and it’s due, in large part, to the buying and selling of tobacco both nationally and internationally. For just over the two centuries that the United States has been in existence the ways the tobacco plant has been sold and presented have changed drastically.
Unfortunately, for those today that are consumers of that product, one of those changes is in the ingredients used to make the cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco alike. That change in content has made the product almost irresistible to anyone unlucky enough to have experienced it. This underhanded maneuver has allowed the tobacco industry to thrive off of those trapped in the clutches of this legal drug.
The emissions that are produced by this money maker are so harmful that it can, quite literally, kill you and anyone that is around you. To cover this up the tobacco industry hides behind its ads that claim the excellence of their product. As well as trying to eclipse the notion that they sell a dangerous product by pointing the finger at the automobile industry, claiming their innocence as the automobiles produces worse emissions than they do.
The most unfortunate thing about this whole situation is that people that buy cigarettes defend the company tooth and nail to try to cover up their own embarrassment of falling into the trap. Though when challenged on what good the product does all that can be mustered up is the tired argument that “it makes money”. That may be true right now, but what happens when all of the atmosphere is completely filled with this harmful emission and the consumers’ bodily defenses finally collapse and they start dying in greater quantities then they are now. Perhaps when those that are stuck breathing in the toxic fumes through second hand smoke start meeting their own mortality eyes will open.
All the money in the world won’t help anyone when we’re all dead.