Convince Me! The Argument Paragraph. Eng 050. Argument Paragraph. “Remember, no one is obligated to take your word for anything.” – M. L. Stein
Smoking may be popular among DCCC students, but this unhealthful habit can compromise the safety of the campus, the health of all campus inhabitants, and the learning of student smokers; therefore it should be banned from campus. Firstly, smoking poses a fire hazard to the campus. A half-lit cigarette butt, carelessly tossed, could easily start a fire, as could a match the user thinks is extinguished (but really isn’t). Another issue is the dangers that cigarette smoke poses to non-smokers. You can’t walk through the campus without inhaling at least some smoke from the students who practice this habit. Not only is second-hand smoke a known carcinogen, it can aggravate the breathing of students with breathing-related difficulties, such as asthma. This is not fair to students who choose not to smoke. And finally, a frequently overlooked aspect of smoking on campus is the amount of time this wastes in class. Students attending lengthier classes may leave the room several times during the three-hour period, causing interruptions in their own learning, and disrupting class time to the detriment of their fellow students. The campus would gain so much by putting such a ban in place, and with any luck, the smokers might lose something in the process---the habit of smoking.
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