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Open Forum: Show smokers what they are smoking


I was intrigued to read about the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which was signed to have the FDA put graphic images on warning labels of cigarette packages. I feel people needed a visual reminder of what cigarettes actually does to them.


As I researched the harmful ingredients, I found an article written by the CYWH (Center for Young Women's Health) at Children's Hospital Boston. It said, "A cigarette contains about 4,000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous." These chemicals are used for horrible things; arsenic in rat poison, methane is rocket fuel, formaldehyde in embalming fluid, and hydrogen cyanide in gas chambers.

"Every time you inhale smoke from a cigarette, you kill some of the air sacks in your lungs, called alveoli ... Alveoli don't grow back," stated the CYWH. This diminishes the ability to breath right; last time I checked breathing was important. Some people think warning people of such things is just wasting money, but it could save someone's life.Therefore, I believe that it is a great idea to show smokers exactly what they are smoking, how it is effecting their bodies, and better inform the general public of the severe danger that cigarettes can cause.

Rebecca Hanson

Junior, Pillager High School

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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