Persuasive Speech: Dangers of Smoking

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Persuasive Speech

Dangers of Smoking

Specific Purpose: To inform the audience of the dangers of smoking and persuade them not to.   
Introduction:
1. Did you know that smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States? 2. According to cancer.org there is 440,000 deaths a year caused by tobacco. 3. On average every smoker costs their employer almost 2,000 dollars a year in lost labor.  

By the end of the speech, the audience will be informed about the dangers of smoking and persuade those who smoke to stop smoking.

1. A smoker’s point of view on smoking.
A. Why do Smokers smoke?
a. According to Matthew, smokers smoke to relieve stress. b. It gives the smoker a rush after smoking a cigarette. c. He mainly smokes for socialization and relaxation purposes. B. Why don’t smokers quit?

d. Because they can’t, it’s too addicting.
e. It gives him something to do when he’s bored or driving.

2. Smoking cigarettes kills.
a. Thousands of people die from smoking related diseases every year. b. Tobacco smoke contributes to a number of different types of cancer including lung, throat, and mouth cancer. c. Smoking also causes you to have high blood pressure and increase the wear and tear on your heart this can eventually cause heart attack and strokes. d. It slows your blood flow, cutting of oxygen to your hands and feet. Some smokers end up having their limbs amputated e. The strains put on your body by smoking can often causes tears of suffering and is a slow way to die. f. For example emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lungs.  

3. Not only does smoking kill it can also make living very uncomfortable.  
a. According to The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, Smoking kills the cilia in your lungs (the small hair linings) making it very hard for your body to combat colds and increases the amount of mucus in your...
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