Shifting the Blame

I have never been curious about tobacco. Smoking is a disgusting habit, and the effects are fatal. I never understood the logic behind deciding to start smoking, and the reason people continued to smoke. The situation angered me, especially when smokers didn’t quit for the sake of their loved ones; once it was discovered that second hand smoking kills.

However, now I understand that the issue is not so black and white. Since I am not tempted, I can never understand the attraction and the difficulty of quitting. I think I might be able to relate by comparing smoking to eating fast food. Fast food is known to be unhealthy, however, sometimes I cannot resist a greasy burger and fries. The more fast food I eat, the more I crave, and only others who have gone through this experience can relate. Fast food is not as addicting or harmful as smoking, but I think the example is comparable.

The blame should not only be placed on those who consume fast food, or those who are addicted to smoking. The blame is on the fast food and tobacco industry. In a perfect world people would make educated and responsible choices, but unfortunately this is rarely the case. The harmful products are made available by unethical companies, and are promoted to consumers in shady ways.

The tobacco industry has been known to manipulate and present false information to their customers, and I find it shocking how many people are unaware of the truth. It is our responsibility to learn the facts, spread the word, and finally deal with the issue at the source.

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