Convince Me! The Argument Paragraph. Eng 050. Argument Paragraph. “Remember, no one is obligated to take your word for anything.” – M. L. Stein
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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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