Smoking

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Smoking

Alice Walker makes a great argument against smoking in her short essay, "My Daughter
Smokes", by sharing with the reader a personal experience that she had concerning
cigarette smoking. She describes what happened to her father because he was a smoker for
most of his life. Walker talks about what happened to his appearance and his health
because of smoking. She also makes a point in showing how society and Hollywood make
smoking out to be attractive. Walker wrote this essay against smoking for one purpose, to
try to get her daughter to stop smoking so she wouldn't have to go through what her
grandfather did. I agree with Walker's argument against smoking, there are no benefits to
smoking; everything associated with smoking is harmful. While Walker does talk about a few
of the health affects associated with smoking, she doesn't go into much detail about them.

Smoking is a major killer in this country. It contributes to the premature deaths of up to
two million Americans each year, and chronic diseases in millions more. Tobacco is both
toxic and addictive. The nicotine in tobacco is five to ten times more addictive than
cocaine and a thousand times more powerful than alcohol in altering the mood and behavior.
It is classified as a euphoriant drug, because of its ability to alleviate anxiety and
boredom. The tar in cigarettes destroys the sacs in the lung where air exchange takes
place, and causes a build up of mucus. The carbon monoxide created when the tobacco is
burned passes into the bloodstream, robbing the body's tissues of necessary oxygen.

Smoking leads to a wide range of diseases. Smoking damages the arteries that supply
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