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Speech for Smoking

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In this class four people had lost a loved one because of smoking. Another ten people in this class often inhale second hand smoke. Why should you leave a loved one die or even worse, why should you let them poison you with their sick habit? I used to smoke for eleven years, since I was eleven years old, and I never thought of the dangers caused by smoking. Finally I quit smoking four months ago. The first thing I noticed was the deeper breaths I could take, the cleaner smell of my clothes, my bedroom, and my car. I really want to thank my girlfriend Katerina because she is the reason I stopped smoking. My survey shows that only two people smoke in this class, but I am sure we all have a loved one, relative or a friend that smokes. I am going to discuss several diseases, statistics, and ways that you can help somebody to quit smoking hoping that I will persuade you to go home and make that smoker you know to live longer.

First I would like to start with what nicotine is. Nicotine is a naturally occurring colorless liquid that turns brown when burned and acquires the odor of tobacco when exposed to the air. Nicotine is a high powered stimulant and one of the most addictive drugs. In fact, the Surgeon General concluded that nicotine addiction is comparable with the addiction of heroin or morphine. When a cigarette is smoked, nicotine first enters the lungs and bloodstream. Within seven seconds, about 15 percent of the nicotine travels directly to the brain. When it arrives, the brain triggers a number of responses in the body, including an increase in heart rate and breathing. Each puff provides the smoker with a dose of nicotine. Smokers sustain a continuous dose of nicotine throughout the day by smoking more when the nicotine levels in the blood are decreasing and less when they are stable or increasing. Cravings occur approximately every 20-30 minutes.

Did you ever wonder what's in the cigarette that millions of people love to smoke every day? Well, there...