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A Dangerous Habit-Rough Draft
Creatures walk among us and inhabit our homes, cities, and country sides. They walk, work, and live among us. They release and inhale toxins into our atmosphere, into our people, and into our environment. Their lungs turn black and stale with age and use. They scatter fumes in circles and litter their ashes and dropping as if rats. They pollute our land, air, and ocean along with the life contained. Many act “cool” and participate in law breaking crimes. Some even follow others and are often seduced under peer pressure. Some are lucky enough to stop this continuous cycle and quit in such activities. These creatures are considered vile and unwanted. These creatures are smokers. Smokers are all around us. Smoking is a bad habit which has many potential factors, consequences, and conditions. This common tradition has been passed on through history up to today with a total of 1.1 billion smokers in the world today (over 1/6 of the entire human population). From ancient times, to early American settlement, to today, people have accepted this bad habit and society has encouraged this behavior whether smoking is used as stress-reliever or a social key. Even though scientists and researchers have found that smoking is health concerning and harmful, today many people still smoke. Encouragement to smoke comes from advertising, un-realistic media shows, and the threatening peer pressure from friends. Surveyors have found that young teens are picking up smoking at an alarming rate of 3,000 a day in the U.S., and 80,000 to 100,000 a day worldwide. Some may say smoking is a strategy for coping with other sources of stress. But in fact it only creates stress. Smoking only creates problems for the individual as they become seduced from stress and reality. Smoking is dangerous and has a high potential for death. Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world. That translates to approximately 5 million deaths...
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