Stop Cigarette Sales in Supermarkets

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I would like to stop cigarettes being sold in supermarkets.

I'm Lucy, I have never been surrounded by smokers but ever since a smoker moved into my home I have been incredibly concerned about the health of the smoker, my health and my pets health. We have always been told that smoking as bad for you so why are people still doing it! Not only is it damaging to the smokers health, the second hand smoke can be harmful especially in children.

My solution to this would be to stop cigarettes being sold in supermarkets. The smoker in my household said they would quit by our holiday which is tomorrow (August 26th). People may say they will quit but that does not mean they will. I believe that if cigarettes were less widely available many people would stop smoking, saving their life and others lives as well as saving a lot of money. The average smoker spends ~£7,200 on cigarettes every year!

Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, causing more than 80,000 deaths each year. One in two smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.
If you could see the damage, you would stop.

More effects listed here including damage to the skin, bones, reproductive organs and stomach ~ https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/smoking-health-problems

Above I have included a YouTube video from a channel called ASAP Science displaying all the benefits of quitting with some showing as little as 24 hours after quitting. It is possible to stop.

Whenever someone lights a cigarette, second hand smoke is produced. This is the smoke exhaled by the smoker and  the smoke created by the end of a cigarette. The smoke produced doesn't just smell horrific, it can kill. Just because you can’t see the smoke, it does not mean it’s harmless. People who breathe in second hand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease. Second hand smoke contains 4,000+ chemicals including:
Arsenic, which can be found in rat poison
Benzene, which is found in petrol fumes and can cause leukaemia
And cyanide, which is poisonous

Stopping smoking altogether is the best way to avoid the dangers of smoking for individuals and those around them.

If you smoke, your children are three times more likely to smoke when they grow up. By quitting, your children will be less likely to take up smoking.
Children exposed to a smoky atmosphere are more likely to suffer from breathing problems, allergies and chest infections.Children breathing in other people's cigarette smoke results in 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions for children every year. By not smoking, you protect the health of those close to you.

Third-hand smoke is what you smell when a smoker gets into a lift with you after going outside for a cigarette, or in a hotel room where people have been smoking. Your nose is telling you to stay away. Third hand smoke is the chemicals that stick to clothing and furniture. Not only is your pet breathing smoke-filled air, but he is lying directly on the carpet and furniture and on your lap and picking up anything clinging to it. Then he grooms himself, ingesting whatever toxic particles are present.

By signing this petition we can prevent smoking all together. If my petition were to work, I would hope that less people would smoke preventing many cases of cancer to the smoker and family members as well as preventing deaths of children and pets. I wish everyone to have a happy, healthy, and smoke free life!

 

 



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