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The Negative Effects of Smoking

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Did you know that cigarette smoking costs the United States 150 billion dollars a year in healthcare costs, and smoke-related diseases causes an estimated 440,000 American deaths each year as well?  It is very a very universal agreement that smoking is not the healthiest thing someone can do.  Also, everyone knows that smoking can also harm the ones around us, but there are some things that aren’t brought up enough.

        This is due to the many different harmful ingredients used in cigarettes, which some of these include ammonia, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, and lead.  These many harmful ingredients used in this product are the reason many long term effects are the result from smoking, like heart disease, cancer, lung disease, reproductive damage, birth defects, and ultimately death. 

        The most common death from smoking comes from heart disease and strokes. There are many types of heart disease, hypertension, which is high blood pressure, Congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and blocked blood vessels. A stroke is when the blood flow to your brain has been cut off.  Another side effect from smoking is emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema is when you are unable to exhale completely, and the chemical balance in the blood is bothered. Chronic bronchitis is when your airways to your lungs, change shape and size, and the mucous glands are enlarged.

        Obviously, there are no positive affects to our health that come from smoking, but people are persuaded to start smoking every day.  Many believe we need to stop letting others influence what we do, and especially through ways like commercial or ads.  Teens are more likely to support a ban of tobacco throughout the nation. It’s believed that 62 percent of teens are in support with the ban of tobacco nationally, when only 14 percent of adults are in support.   A national ban of smoking is a lot less agreed with by smokers themselves, but many agree tobacco should be prohibited to sell to underage people.

        It may seem challenging to quit smoking altogether at once, but maybe there’s a way to start decreasing the temptations.  There are many things like nicotine gum and patches that are created to decrease the need for cigarettes.   Also, it’s believed that keeping busy, or changing your routine can help with quitting as well. Another solution is hanging with friends that don’t smoke, and always having fluid to drink. If you tend to smoke while driving, make it a point not to have cigarettes in your car too.  If you are a smoker, there are many ways to help you quit, and quitting would help your health immensely 



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