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  • 1. Parrish 1 SMOKING When you choose to start smoking, you also are choosing that you won’t your life to beshortened. People need to be more educated about how harmful smoking is. Why are there somany people that start smoking? There are number of ways people start smoking, but if they onlyknew how it makes you in a couple of years it may change their mind. After smoking for severalyears smoking will start to take over your body. Your body will get used to getting the nicotine,and when you don’t get the nicotine then you may end up sick and you will get a strong cravingfor another cigarette. They say once you start smoking it’s the hardest thing to quit mentally andphysically. People don’t know how bad smoking is in till it’s too late. One of main reason people start smoking is peer pressure and cause people don’t actuallyknow how bad it is for you and how addictive it is. Teenagers also smoke because they are raisedaround it and they think it’s normal and ok. Some think that if they smoke they are being cooland it impresses their friends. If you and your friend are sitting down and he/she pulls out acigarette then most of the time they will ask you if you would like one or some. Most teenswould say yes because they don’t think one cigarette can change anything. Little that they knowthat one cigarette can give them cancer or give them a strong craving for another cigarette. Theyalso start smoking because they are curious. Everybody in his/her lifetime will try and smoke acigarette, and that’s when you determine if you like it or not. Some people blame smokingcigarettes on their nerves because they say they are stressed out and need something to calmthem down. (http://vibhavari.hubpages.com) Cigarettes are very dangerous to your body and can cause a lot of bad health problems.The main things include shortness of breath, asthma, strained teeth, and arthritis. It can cause
  • 2. Parrish 2heart murmur, neuralgia, pneumonia, heart diseases, and cancer. Studies have proved incigarettes there are over four thousand chemicals in cigarettes and sixty-nine that can causecancer.(Answer) Health damages from smoking cost the United States one hundred fifty billiondollars in health care ever year. Every time you pick a cigarette you are taking all these risk ofhurting yourself. When you smoke cigarettes you don’t only hurt yourself, but you hurt othersaround you. There were three thousand non-smokers adults that died from second hand smoke.So maybe the next time you pick up a cigarette you won’t just only think about what it could doto you, and you should think what it could do to others. (http://www.nutri.com) Cigarettes are good for the farmers, the government, and the cigarette companies, but badfor the people. North Carolina is a tobacco state so we produce more tobacco than anybody else.The farmers grow the tobacco plant and they sell it to the cigarette companies. They make a hugeprofit, but them half to put in the labor to make this happen. When the cigarette companies selltheir cigarettes to other smaller companies, then the government puts taxes on cigarettes, so theycan make a profit of the money. So when the people buy cigarettes it’s also paying thegovernment. The only people that get screwed are the people, because they must pay more toplease everyone else.This year in 2012 they are raising taxes on cigarettes. So usually you payfifty-seven cent to taxes now you are going to be paying one dollar and eighty two cent, by thisthey will earn fifty million in revenue.(www.mtexpress.com) There are basically two categories of cigarettes that are menthol and non-menthol.Menthol has everything a non-menthol cigarette has in it, but menthol has fiber glass. You wouldthink that menthol cigarettes should be worse for you than non-menthol since the fiber glass cutsyour lungs. Studies show that there were less people that had lung cancer from mentholcigarettes than non-menthol cigarettes. If you had a person who smoked a pack of menthol
  • 3. Parrish 3cigarettes and a person that smoked a pack of non-menthol cigarettes a day, then the person thatsmoked non-menthol cigarettes could develop lung cancer up to nine times as fast as a mentholsmoker. Researchers say it’s much harder to quit smoking for people that smoke mentholcigarettes. More black and Hispanics smoke menthol cigarettes.Kids also tend to smoke mentholcigarettes because it has a mint taste which kills the bad taste of a cigarette. You should not careabout the taste of a cigarette you should care more about your health and not smoke. There is a history of stereotypes about smoking. When cigarettes first came out it was notall that big of a thing. When being out for a couple of years smoking started to get around andmore people started trying to smoke. They started to put it on T.V and mainly most of thecharacters that were playing the role of the bad guy or cool guy was smoking in the movie. In themid 1900’s North Carolina became the tobacco state. We had a very big boost in people thatstarted smoking cause that was the thing then. The bad thing was when they came out is thatthere were no warning signs and the people didn’t really know how bad it was for them. Thendoctors started to see people get cancer and have lung problems so they doing research on howharmful smoking was but by then there were so many people smoking that was addicted andcould not quit even know they knew had bad it was for them. It’s easy to start smoking, but it’s one of the hardest things to quit. It’s like a drug youjust won’t more and more. People say it’s a mental and physical struggle to stop smoking. In aninterview I asked some questions and most people told me that they are just used to pickingsomething up and hitting it. Some people told me that they are tried to quit but they just can’t settheir mind to it. If something is hard or when they need to take a break they say the first thingthat comes to their mind is a cigarette. One of my questions in my interview was what does ittake for you to stop smoking, and he told me that he would need a plan and some support. So I
  • 4. Parrish 4suggested a couple of good ways for him to quit. So I introduced them to the electronic cigarette.It’s strictly water vapor and has levels of nicotine that you can adjust so you can stop smoking.There are nicotine patches that you can buy that puts a little nicotine in your system so you cangradually stop. Also they say if you put candy in your mouth every time you get the craving thenthat will help. There is also nicotine gum that you can choose if you need something to put inyour mouth and chew to forget about the craving. They say if you work out or do something thatkeeps you occupied then it will be much easier to stop. There is so many ways to stop smokingso you can’t say you tried in till you have actually quit.(www.thesafecig.com) There are a couple of laws for smokers. To buy cigarettes you must be of age eighteenand must show proof of I.D. They also banned smoking from restaurants, schools, and any publicplace. There trying to protect the people who don’t smoke from second hand smoke. They saythis will decrease the amount of people heart diseases, cancer, and emphysema. This bannedshould help the cost of health care. I like and agree with this because no one doesn’t won’t to goto a restaurant and sit in smoke and smell it while they eat. There are a lot of underage smokers;therefor someone must buy the cigarettes for them to smoke. If someone is caught buyingcigarettes for a minor they are arrested and can serve jail time. People don’t know how bad smoking is in till it’s too late.There are so many things thatsmoking can do to you, and yet people still decide to smoke. When you smoke you are not onlywasting your life, you are also wasting your money. Every time you pick up a cigarette there is achance of getting addicted and if you become a steady smoker then you could lose up to tenyears of your life. Another thing to think about is when you are smoking around a kid or anyonethey are being affected by the smoke and could end up with cancer or lung diseases. Why wouldyou won’t to hurt other people because you choose to do something that’s not good for
  • 5. Parrish 5you?Everybody that smokes needs to see how bad it is for them, and consider stopping, and theones who are not smoking need to make sure they don’t start.