Discursive Essay on Smoking

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Smoking- Good or Bad?
Smoking is a very serious issue in today’s culture and life. Tobacco related diseases are some of the biggest killers in the world today and are cited as one of the biggest causes to premature death in industrial countries. Yet, it is a source of income for developing countries. So here the question arises “Smoking- Good or Bad?” Smoking may be seen as a negative thing to some but it does have some benefits. The sales of cigarettes are extremely profitable, at an average of 5-6 pounds for a packet of 20 cigarettes. That is an hour’s wage for a person over 18 gone and if you smoke 20 a day then you spend 35-40 pounds a week on cigarettes. Wikipedia stated that “as of 2002, approximately 5.5 trillion cigarettes are produced globally a year and are smoked by 1.1 billion people”. These staggering figures clearly show just how much on a positive effect smoking has on our economy. However, Smoking is a greater cause of death and disability than any other singled disease as classified by the World Health Organisation. This is also probably due to second-hand smoke affecting non-smokers; www.smoking-facts.net stated that “3000 non smoking adults die yearly due to diseases from second hand smoke”. Diseases linked to smoking include many forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory ailments, cataracts that may cause blindness, birth defects to pregnant smokers’ children. In short, smoking is extremely harmful to our health and the health of people around us. Smoking may be profitable and good for the economy but without us there is no economy so smoking shouldn’t be allowed, should it? On the other hand smoking is an escape for some from the problems that face them; many smokers say that smoking calms them down. Although there is no proof it makes sense as the smoker is taking long steady breaths their heart rate lowers therefore reducing their stress. Smoking is better to turning to alcohol or drugs as an escape from life’s problems. It...
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