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Shannan Dahlka
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Fri Nov 4, 2011 11:56am
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For my argument paper, I was considering a couple topics I could write about. I know I want to write about something that actually concerns me, and that I am interested in. As I thought about possible topics, one controversial topic came to mind that I have always been passionate about: cigarette smoking. Many people in my family have smoked for a majority of my life, especially in my childhood. Itís something I have always hated, because my family members didnít care not to smoke around my brothers, my cousins, and myself as well. From back then until present day, I hate being around people who smoke cigarettes. Because this is such a controversial issue not only in my life, but in society as well, I figured it might be an appropriate topic to consider for my paper. If I choose this topic to write about for this paper, I intend to argue that harsher limitations need to be set for where and when people are allowed to smoke cigarettes. I would definitely want to discuss the health risks that cigarette smoking brings, not only for the person smoking, but also for all of the surrounding people around them. What I have noticed, not only in my family, but a majority of people who smoke cigarettes do not care if people around them maybe does not like the smoke, they smoke anyway. That will be my main point if I choose this issue. I understand that itís a personís own choice if they want to smoke cigarettes, but I donít think itís in any way fair for everyone else surrounding this one person has to inhale second hand smoke, and be put at risk, when they are not even smoking themselves. I think that this topic will be appropriate because when I asked myself what the other side of my argument would be, I concluded that the other side would argue that people have the right to smoke whenever they please, regardless of who is surrounding them. So that is why I will argue how dangerous second hand smoke is, and even first hand smoke as well.

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