Kill the Cigarette, Before It Kills You.

Topics: Nicotine, Smoking, Cigarette Pages: 2 (389 words) Published: April 12, 2012
Kill the cigarette, before it kills you.
Do you smoke? If not, I’m sure you’re aware of the harmful effects it has on people. It’s a fatal habit yet so many people seem to be doing it. Quitting can seem impossible, but when you achieve the goal of quitting, it’s so worth it for so many reasons.

Roughly 6 million teens in the US smoke, despite knowing that it is addictive and leads to disease. Each day 3,000 children smoke their first cigarette. Tobacco use primarily begins in early adolescence because of reasons such as peer pressure. These statistics are unfortunately going up every year. When a teenager smokes, they are three times more likely to use alcohol, eight times are likely to smoke marijuana and 22 times more likely to use cocaine. We need to get these numbers down. If you smoke you should quit now; it will only benefit you. If you quit, it can empower people around you to quit too!

The main ingredient in cigarettes is tobacco. Tobacco is a green, leafy plant that is grown in warm climates. In the United States the states where most tobacco is grown is within Virginia, Kentucky and central Tennessee. There are a total of over 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes. 51 of them are known to be toxic. When you inhale a cigarette, those chemicals are going into your body! When a smoker inhales, a lot of the tar sticks to and blackens the lungs.

The addiction to cigarettes can be considered as strong as any illegal drug. If you think that quitting won't make any difference for you, think again. The physical benefits begin within just 20 minutes; the smokers' blood pressure returns to normal and circulation of the hands and feed begin to return to normal. From the first day you quit, your body will begin to heal itself and, eventually, function like someone who's never smoked. Over the course of months or years, quitting smoking can return your lungs to their original condition, returning their ability to transport oxygen to the tissues and reduce your...
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