The Effects of Smoking

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Cause and Effect Essay

Millions of people smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. Smoking cigarettes can be used as a stress reliever. It contains chemicals that can essentially give someone similar effects of getting high. Many people are so addicted to cigarettes that they feel as if they cannot live without them. There are also people crazy enough to choose to buy a pack of cigarettes rather than gas if it came down to their last five dollars. Although some people may choose to smoke for it’s calming, euphoric effects, the negative effects that smoking has on the body tremendously outweigh those positive effects.

First of all, cigarettes are such a tough habit for people to kick because of the highly addictive drug found in it, called nicotine. This drug, like most other drugs, is so addictive that people become helpless and just continue to smoke day-in and day-out, even with knowing some of the harmful effects it has on their bodies. People who are addicted to nicotine are likely to become moody, not feel normal, and even become sick without it. “Along with nicotine, smokers also inhale over 7,000 other chemicals in cigarette smoke” (BHC). The fact that these chemicals are found in cigarettes and are actually sold in stores- and people actually buy them- is absurd. Some of the chemicals found in cigarettes are tar, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, free radicals, metals, radioactive compounds, formaldehyde (embalming fluid), ammonia (toilet cleaner), and acetone (nail polish remover) (BHC). These chemicals can be extremely harmful to the human body.

Smoking cigarettes, and being exposed to all of the harmful ingredients that are found in the cigarette smoke, can also cause many diseases and cancers. The majority of these diseases and cancers can be fatal. An estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one and every five deaths, is caused from regular cigarette smoking each year in the United States (CDC). Smoking cigarettes contribute to cardiovascular and...
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