Smoking in the Workplace

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Smoking in the Workplace: The Unhealthy Consequence
Crystal Hicks
COMM/112
July 27, 2011
Kathleen Neff
University of Phoenix

Smoking in the Workplace

Despite what smoking can do to oneself and others, some people are always going to take that risk. Smoking in the workplace has always been an issue. If an individual is a smoker and has tried to stop, you know that it is not easy. I am a smoker who wants to quit, but just cannot seem to kick the habit. The most addictive part of smoking is the nicotine that is naturally found in tobacco. Some signs of being addicted to cigarettes are as follows: smoking more than seven cigarettes a day, needing to have a cigarette even if one is sick and in bed, and needing a cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up. Some individuals can become physically and emotionally dependent on cigarettes. The US Surgeon General, the leading person on matters of public health, has said, “Smoking cessation represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and the quality of their lives” (n.d., Background on Smoking). Smoking in the workplace should be banned because of the negative impact on the environment, healthcare costs, and the quality of life. Smoking cigarettes can cause many different types of diseases, such as cancer and emphysema. Smoking is the number one cause for lung cancer. Emphysema is when the air flow is blocked, and it is caused by smoking. Smoking also causes second hand smoke or SHS. Second hand smoke could also cause other innocent individuals to get sick as well. There are many studies that have been done that have concluded that second hand smoke is worse than lighting the cigarette and smoking it. The chemicals that are in cigarettes are already mixed together when you blow out the cigarette smoke. If someone were to walk into that cloud of smoke they are automatically a victim of second hand smoke. People who smoke do not realize that, when they start smoking, there...
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