Lung Cancer Ribbons
Charities often encourage people to purchase coloured ribbons in order to promote awareness and gain funding to help prevent specific diseases or forms of cancer. For example, breast cancer charities encourage people to wear their pink ribbons to show support. However, lung cancer has no such ribbon. Is this because society deems that people who die from this disease deserve less support as they knowingly poisoned themselves with cigarettes whilst acting as poor role models to young people in the process? Or should lung cancer awareness ribbons be sold in order to create more awareness about the disease and ultimately stop people from starting to smoke in the first place?
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Unjust as cancer can affect passive as well as active smokers
The fact that lung cancer doesn't have a ribbon is unjust as lung cancer affects people who may have been passive smokers as well as people who actively smoked. Some of these people such as children may not have chosen to be in the area as smokers but may have been put at risk.
Not everyone with lung cancer has smoked
Although 9 out of 10 people who get lung cancer have smoked this leaves a reasonably large number of people who have developed the cancer through no fault of their own. The ribbons should exist even if only to support this unfortunate minority.[[http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/type/lung-cancer/about/lung-cancer-risks-and-causes]]
Ribbons show support and raise money
Those who object to buying the ribbons are not forced to do so,therefore they can simply opt not to if they disagree.The ribbons should at least be made available to the public to create a greater awareness of the dangers of smoking which may prevent people from taking up smoking in the first place.The ribbons also show support,not only to the sufferers,but to their families,who may not smoke themselves,helping them to understand that people emphasise with the terrible circumstances they are facing and helping to raise money which they will hopefully benefit from.
Why does everything need a ribbon?
It seems silly for every cause to need some kind of ribbon for people to show their support. Instead we should be able to give without having the motivation of displaying that we have done a good deed by wearing a pin, badge, ribbon, poppy etc.
Ribbons and badages aren't just rewards for donating, they are a banner to show that you support the cause, like wearing the symbol of a political party, and a symbol to advertise the cause to people who might not be informed about it.
What do you think?