Smoking is Bad!
According to the American Lung Association, there are estimated 50 million people who smoke. Smoking kills more people than any other disease in the world, 5.4 million death in 2004 and more than 100 million over the twentieth century. However, smokers do not fully understand the risks they take by smoking. It affects a person physically and mentally, economically and socially. First of all, smoking affects a smoker physically and mentally. Nicotine in cigarettes or cigars is a highly addictive substance. The tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes increase a smoker’s risk of heart diseases, brain tumors and lung cancers. According to North East Valley Division General Practice, a risk of a stroke is 25 percent likely to occur in male smokers. The nicotine increases cholesterol levels in smokers’ bodies. Men who smoke are also ten times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers. Smoking is harmful to the respiratory and circulatory systems. It causes high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes. A person’s appearance is changed when smoking. A smoker’s skin, nails and teeth are stained and his breath is stink like smoke. For female smokers, their cervix, and uterus are vulnerable to cancer. They might also develop fertility difficulties. For pregnant female smokers, it incurs premature birth, miscarriage and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Inhalation of tobacco smoke by nonsmokers has been found to increase the risk of heart disease and respiratory problems. On top of it all, smoking affects our next generation. Children who are Nguyen 2
living in the same house with parents who smoke have a higher risk of asthma, bronchitis and allergies. Smoking can be economically expensive for an individual as well as a society. A pack of cigarrettes is sold around six dollars depending on brand. However, the cost might be as high as to $41 per pack according to a study by a team of health economists. The...
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