Cigarette Smoking and its Social Movement
Tobacco is a product processed from the dried leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. Extracting from ingredients of some medicines and being used as a pesticide shows its strong hold on society. Its name is considered as any plant of the genus Nicotiana of the Solanaceae family, also known as the nightshade family. Tobacco is most commonly consumed as a drug. It is acknowledged as the product manufactured from the leaf used in cigars, cigarettes, snuff, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and flavored shisha. Native American tribes have traditionally grown and used tobacco with some cultivation sites in Mexico dating as far back to 1400-1000 B.C. This product was accepted as a trade item and was considered a gift from the creator. It was believed that the exhaled tobacco smoke carried one’s thoughts and prayers to heaven. Over time the users of the product came to realize inhaling rough tobacco without quickly damaging the lungs involved smoking and small quantities and using innovative products such as pipes, bongs, and hookahs. Following the American civil war, a change in demand and a change in labor force allowed inventor James Bonsack to create a machine that increased cigarette production sufficiently. This increase in production allowed tremendous growth in the tobacco industry until change of laws, regulations, and realization set in during the mid-20th century. Tobacco is consumed through a variety of different methods that have evolved over the years. These methods consist of beedi, chewing tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, creamy snuffs, dipping tobaccos, gutka, hookah, kreteks, roll-your-own, pipe smoking, snuff, snus, topical tobacco paste and water. All of these ways of smoking tobacco has showed that people have become bored with just a simple cigarette and have created different forms of consumption. Major producers of the product consist of China, Pakistan, Brazil, and India. Numbers of farmers for this industry range from 90,000 upwards of 150,000. The product is not as profitable as cotton or sugar cane for countries like China but still maintain atop of the charts. Tobacco plants are also used in plant bioengineering and ornamentals plants. The addictive alkaloid nicotine is popularly considered the most characteristic ingredient of tobacco but the harmful effects of tobacco consumption can also derive from the thousands of different compounds generated in the smoke.
As most people know smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products has a huge impact on both your bank account and your health. Thankfully for the way media has evolved every smoker has her that the habit can lead to cancer, emphysema, reduced lung function, and so on. Health factors are not only detrimental to ones on life but their families as well. Whether its medical bills or emotions setting in, having a family member who smokes can take a huge toll on the family. These attributes consists of stress, financials, smell, health, and depression. The cost of smoking that many fail to consider is enormous. The effects that this habit has not only on your health but as well as your wallet can be considered detrimental to one’s lifestyle. Most smokers look at the short term effect of cost of cigarettes rather than the long term. Coming up with money pack by pack, day by day, or even carton by carton, week by week may not be as difficult but when you consider the long term aspect it has a sufficient impact on one’s income. The average cost for a pack of cigarettes in America is $5.50 and smokers tend to smoke a pack a day. With this being said the monthly average consists of $165.00 being spent on cigarettes, that’s $1,980 dollars a year. After five years you would have spent nearly $10,000 on cigarettes when you could have invested that money and made minimum $2000 off of it. These numbers come from the Average in the country. When it comes to the top 10 states in the country the numbers increase...
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