By Celina V.
Grade 5, Arizona

Canít believe it, at the park yesterday someone was smoking while children were playing on the playground, and the kids were inhaling the smoke. Second hand smoke, itís dangerous for kids and adults. In fact, sanitary cigarette butt cans are disgusting and smell horrible. Smoking can cause fires and is a safety issue. However, second hand smoke can kill you or give you lung cancer.

Today, 55% of people in Phoenix said that second hand smoke is bad for you. There are 4,000 chemicalís in second hand smoke; 200 of the chemicals are known to be poisonous. We now know that about 53,800 people die every year from it. When a cigarette is smoked, and the other half just floats in the air, sometimes a kid or an adult can suck in the smoke and get lung cancer. On the other hand, unsanitary cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year.

Cigarettes are the most littered item in America. Unsanitary cigarette butts are not made out of cotton. Not only does it ruin even the most picturesque setting, but the toxic waste in cigarette filters is damaging the earth. It is estimated that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year; thatís billion of cigarettes flicked, one at a time, on our sidewalks, beaches, gardens, and other public venues. In fact, when a cigarette is tossed on the ground it may cause a fire is a safety issue.

Cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths in the USA. When a smoker is done smoking he or she will toss it on the ground and it can create a fire, the fire may cause damage. Thousands of people died, and billions of dollars are spent in property damages, health care, and fire and emergency services due to fires caused by cigarettes. Litter butts cause numerous fires every year. In conclusion, I hope these facts have changed your mind about how there shouldnít be any smoking allowed at parks and other public venues.

Once again, kids were playing on the basketball court while adults were smoking and the children are inhaling the smoke. Second hand smoke is bad for children thatís why you should stop. Last night I went to Texas Roadhouse and there was a sign that said ďPLEASE DONíT LITTERĒ, there was a cigarette butt can right in front of the smokers and the smokers threw the cigarettes on the ground. The USA suffers one of the highest fire death rates in the world from smoking. Now, itís time for smokers to quit smoking in parks and other public venues!!!

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