Smoking and the Effects of it Essay

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Smoking and the Effects of it

Smoking is known as one of the worst habits to break. Most people who start never quit
just because it is just too hard to quit or they are just so addicted to the chemicals
that the tobacco companies use in their cigarettes and don’t see the real problems
that smoking can cause. If smoking did the same thing as it did on the outside as it does
on the inside, how many people do you think will smoke then?

Everyday, about 3,000 teenagers smoke their first cigarette. About half of those teenagers
become addicted and then regular smokers before the age of eighteen. About one third of
these teenagers will die of lung cancer, heart disease, leukemia, or some other smoke
related problems or diseases.

Cigarettes contain formaldehyde, cyanide, and nicotine, three very dangerous drugs.
Formaldehyde is a substance that preserves frogs for most science classes. Then
there’s cyanide, which is found in rat poison. And finally there’s nicotine,
which is the substance found in most of the common bug sprays. Nicotine is also the most
addictive part of the cigarette. It is a highly toxic substance found in all tobacco
products. Smokeless tobacco is just as dangerous as regular smoking, but more addictive
that a regular cigarette.

Teenagers who smoke have signs of blood vessel damage. This can lead to serious types of
heart disease or even one day a stroke. They also have shortage of breath three times more
often than a non-smoker and can’t run nearly as long. Almost three-quarters of
teenagers, who smoke regularly, find it harder to quit than if you just start as an adult
does. They also go through the same thing adults do.

Most children become addicted before the age of fourteen. Kids under the age of eighteen
spend over one billion dollars a year on trying to buy cigarettes. The C.D.C. says that
the earlier you talk to kids about smoking, the better off they will be in the long run
and never start this bad habit.

Studies show that people don’t just die from smoking, but from second-hand smoke as
well. About 40,000 non-smokers die each year from second-hand smoke. It causes lung cancer
and heard disease just like smoking does to a smoker, but to someone who doesn’t. Do
you really think that’s fair to the many non-smokers everywhere? They try to
separate the smokers from the non-smokers by two different sections in restaurants and
other public places, but the truth is that they all know it doesn’t work.

If you stop smoking your health will increase drastically and you will notice some big changes like:

 20 minutes after you quit: blood pressure falls and pulse rate return to normal
 48 hours: taste and smell is enhanced
 2 weeks to 3 months: blood circulation improves and lung functions increase up to thirty percent
 1-9 months: lung functions continue to improve
 1 year: excessive risk of heart disease is half that of a regular smoker
 5 years: rate of lung cancer death drops by almost half. Risk of stroke is also
reduced to that of a non-smoker five to fifteen years after quitting. The risk of cancer
of the month and throat is cut in half.

Heart disease, some types of cancers, and other respiratory diseases are some of the many
effects that smoking puts on a person. About 40,000 Americans dies each year from some
kind of tobacco product. Whether it is cigarettes, cigars, or chewing tobacco. Even though
every smoker is aware of how bad smoking is for you, millions of people still continue to
smoke because it is one of the worst habits to quit. It is so hard to quit because of the
amount of nicotine the tobacco companies put in cigarettes.

Most teenagers smoke because they think that it’s the “cool” thing to do
or they just want to fit in, but everyone knows it’s not. It can make you very sick
and make the other people around you very uncomfortable. You also increase the chance of
an earlier death at an earlier age than non-smoking teenagers do. A major factor about
teenagers and cigarettes are seen in the media and in other advertising. You see ads for
cigarettes on billboards, magazines, television, on the radio, but the worst is peer
pressure. A show on TV shows two girls smoking and they’re both under eighteen. What
do you think the intent of the show was?

The problem with cigarettes isn’t just what it can do to a person’s body, but
what it does to their money and the taxpayer’s money. If a person smokes ten
cigarettes a day, that’s thirty dollars a month and about four hundred dollars a
year just to support a terrible habit that can effect your long-term health. Most people
think that thirty dollars a month isn’t all that bad, but don’t you think that
you health is worth a little more than that?

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