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  1. 1. Have you ever been around someone who was smoking a cigarette and they blowsmoke in your face? I have and I took it disrespectfully because I personally think it’s a disgraceto human kind. Cigarettes are the worst thing ever to put into your body because of all thethings that are harmful in them. There is more knowledge behind smoking now than beforelike what their made up of, what they do to you, how people start, and how people stop thehabit. I would like people to stop smoking cigarettes this very moment because it’s only goingto harm you in the long run. First, it’s incredible what studies have found about cigarettes over many years. Therearementhol and non-menthol types of cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes are the worst thatanyone could possibly smoke because when inhaling there are fiberglass particles that’s cutyour throat and lungs. The cutting of the fiberglass in the menthol cigarette will make youcough up blood when you smoke for a long time. Studies have shown that 80 percent of blackpeople who use menthol cigarettes and lesbian, gays, bisexuals, and Tran’s gender people alsohave disproportionately high menthol smoking rates. (Tucker) Non-menthol cigarettes don’thave fiberglass particles like menthol has. More likely non-menthol cigarettes are the betterkinds for you. Smoking is putting 4000 different toxic materials, which 51 of them are known forcarcinogenic. Carcinogenic is something that causes cancer. Basically, carcinogenic divides yourhealthy cells and forming them into new cells. The new cells are called abnormal cells. Theseabnormal cells destroy the healthy cells and if the healthy cells are divided when not neededthey grow hard mass forms. This hard mass growth is cancerous growths that are calledmalignant tumors. The number one thing that people should know about cigarettes is carbonmonoxide. Carbon monoxide is what comes out of the tail pipes of a vehicle. There are more
  2. 2. toxic chemicals like nicotine, tar, arsenic, ammonia, sulfuric acid, Germanic acid, and maltitol.Those chemicals are what you would see one a caution sign that says “do not use for humanconsumption”. Cigarettes have that sign on the side of every pack that is bought. Knowing allthe toxic chemicals in cigarettes, I hope no one would pick up another one. Secondly, cigarettes don’t just have horrible toxic chemicals in them. They also have thepower to mentally, physically, and emotionally demolish you. Mentally cigarettes will get you tothe point as were you can’t just have one a day but you now will need more daily. When Iinterviewed my bro he told me he feels that once he smoked one he felt the urge to smokeanother. The days you can’t get a cigarette it will make you feel like you have to have one andmentally that cigarette will be the only thing that will be on your mind. Physically, there was atime were you could go run a mile and be fine, but when you start smoking for a while you willsee that it makes a mile two times hard to run it. You will be fast to lose your breath whiledoing any physical labor. Your desire to go run a mile will be less likely because the cigarettecan make you lazy. This is why you don’t see people that are in sports smoking. Which this tiesinto emotional effects of smoking. When living your life there are always times were you will bestressed out about something. That stress makes that cigarette pop in your mind saying “I needor want a cigarette”. Cigarettes shouldn’t be a stress reliever because it’s hurting you and notonly you but all the people around you. The secondhand smoke effects brain and lungs as muchas a habitual smoker. (Harvard mental health) centers for disease control and prevention saysthat secondhand smoking kills 50,000 Americans every year. (Harvard mental health) smokingdoesn’t hurt others only by secondhand smoking but it affects friends and family by the risk of itkilling you. The reason I say that is because my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. I
  3. 3. had to sit there and watch my grandfather pass away, which was the worst thing in the worldfor me to have happen to me. Lung cancer, mouth cancer, skin cancer or any types of cancer isnothing to play around with and quitting is best for anyone and everyone who smokescigarettes. Then, reason why people start smoking is because of many reasons like looking cooler,peer pressure, chemical rush, stress reliever, and even to lose weight. (Mortensen) Peerpressure is most likely is the start of a lot of people because the social situations. Many peoplesay the simply like the feeling that smoking gives them a chemical-filled rush and gives peoplemotivation to do something. (Mortensen) Mostly girls start smoking because the taste andsmell may reduce appetite and could help girls lose weight. (Mortensen) There also are peoplethat have been around smokers and start liking secondhand smoke so they end up smoking Aswell. Secondhand smoking plays a huge roll in why people decide to start smoking. Knowingthat secondhand smoking is just as bad as smoking a cigarette, people start thinking if it’s Justas bad why don’t I just smoke anyways. Children are the ones that are in the most risk if theirparents are smokers. The children see that their parents smoke so children think it’s okay forthem to do it too. Also secondhand smoke from parents can get there child addicted at youngerages. In most situations the parents children will be smokers when they get older if the parentssmoke around there child. It’s really easy to start smoking, but make it a challenge so that youwon’t be another statistic. Finally, many people around the world try to quit the terrible addiction of smoking.More than two-thirds of smokers want to quit. (Corwin) There are many different ways to quitlike using patches, gum, shots, and the electric cigarettes. Those different ways are very helpful
  4. 4. for all people. The most common is the electric cigarette. The reason it was most common isbecause you inhale the smoke but it isn’t smoke its water vapor and it does hurt you or other inanyway. Its only one metal cigarette that gives you all the nicotine you crave and when it diesyou can plug it into the wall to recharger. In the long run you will find out that you will savehundreds of dollars a month because you won’t have to pay for another pack of cigarettes.Patches and gum is not the greatest thing to use because most people say they don’t work likethe doctors say they do. By you using the patch or the gum it’s costing you just as much as ifyou were still smoking. More than two-thirds of smokers want to quit. (Corwin) only 6 percentactually quit, however that rate varied widely by education, with college educated peoplekicking the habit three times better than those with high school education or less, researcherssaid. (Corwin) For some people using the fear tactics to help a person quit is a great way toprevent or stop smoking. Basically, fear tactics are health warnings and painful images feed fearand reinforce the smoker negative self-images to quit. (Star) Some ways to do that is putting upposters in your office at work or at home of pictures of different cancers and graphs of howmany people dies a year from smoking. Fear only feeds on itself and drains motivation. (Star)anxiety or fear is the key to giving up smoking. In conclusion, smoking cigarettes daily is a choice of your own and nobody can force youto smoke or anything you choose to do. I have just talked to you today about what cigarettesare made up of, what they do to you, how people start, and how people stop the habit. Theyare only there to hurt you and bring danger to your health. Cigarettes are very addicting andonce you start, you might not stop for most people. The law should try harder to preventpeople from smoking because it hurts everyone. Remember you only have one life so don’t use
  5. 5. your one life on smoking and harming yourself. Just put the cigarette down and never pick itback up again!