Persuasive Essay: Quit Smoking

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Devry University
Professor Emily Gorman-Fancy
April 06,2011
Quit Smoking Today|
The Dangers of Smoking Cigarettes|
Katie Coomes|

Quit smoking today! I tell myself that every day and every day it gets harder. Are you a smoker? Do you know someone who does smoke? If so maybe this is what you need to read on reducing your chances of Heart Disease, Emphysema and Cancer the moment you quit smoking.

No matter your gender or age smoking is the leading cause of death for men and women across the country. Statistics show that the negative health effects of smoking result in more deaths in the U.S. than murder, drug abuse, alcohol, vehicle crashes, suicide and even AIDS together. (CDC,2011) The majority of smokers are likely to die from emphysema, cancers of the throat and lungs. Cigarette smoke is not only bad for your own health as it is just unhealthy for those around you. Second hand smoke is more dangerous since it is not passed through a filter, it is then direct inhalation. Cigarette smoke contains very harmful substances, such as asbestos, and smokers know this but continue to smoke. Why do you continue to endanger your health when knowing what is in cigarettes? I will tell you why, from being a smoker myself, most believe it is a stress relief or helps maintain your weight(especially female smokers). Quitting is probably the most difficult addiction to do and is very hard to accomplish, but the benefits are much greater to you and your loved ones.

When you decide to quit smoking the symptoms may be far worse in the beginning from chest pains, coughing, and breathlessness. These symptoms will dissipate after a few weeks even. If choosing to quit smoking cigarettes keep in mind you will have to quit other things as well to be successful at this process of elimination.(Windale,2001) If you like to endure in an alcoholic beverage once and a while that will be the first thing you will want to quit as well. When drinking alcohol a smoker tends to...
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