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Take a deep breath, blow out 20%, now walk around holding the rest in forever. This is the way having emphysema, one problem arising due to smoking, feels.

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Kristen Critelli 10/24/02 College Writing Block 2 Even Problem/Solution Essay Take a deep breath, blow out 20%, now walk around holding the rest in forever. This is the way having emphysema, one problem arising due to smoking, feels. Some people must have the strange conception that smoking is right and breathing isn't. How can that be when over 400,000 Americans die each year due to addiction to tobacco? Countless others suffer. People sometimes do not realize that smoking can destroy their future. They do not understand the problems that can develop from smoking. Smoking can diminish the most important factor in life, breathing. Breathing is a life function one can't live without; cigarettes one can. Whether a person is a smoker or not, he or she can undoubtedly be affected by cigarette smoke. Just as a factory chimney discharges pollution in the air, similarly, so does a cigarette. ...read more.

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Smoking also results in emphysema, chronic bronchitis, coronary heart disease, and greatly increases the risk of stroke, and diseases of the blood vessels and arteries. In these cases, it is apparent that one will surely suffer enough for the desire for a cigarette. Due to the harmful effects of smoking, more and more people are seeing the advantages of not smoking. By quitting, further damage from smoking is prevented. It also saves money. A pack-a-day smoker, who pays $5 per pack, can expect to save more than $900 per year. Is it really worth expending money only to destroy one's body? Quitting smoking makes a difference right away. Not only will one taste and smell food better, but he or she can be assured of clean breath, increased energy and stamina, calm nerves, healthy lungs, increased life expectancy, decreased risk of lung and heart disease, decreased risk of cancer, and greater confidence and self-esteem. ...read more.

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A positive attitude will help anyone through the tough times. By letting other people know that a person has quit smoking, that person will receive much support. It's good to talk to others about quitting. Smoking is a major killer in this country. It contributes to the premature deaths of up to 2 million Americans each year, and chronic diseases in millions more. Why would anyone want to put his or her self into such a category? One can go along "huffing and puffing" for years, but eventually it will do that person in. Therefore, keeping in mind the results of the many tests performed on the effects of cigarette smoke on non-smokers, it seems reasonable to assume that any exposure to cigarette smoking is hazardous to the health of smokers and even non-smokers. That person is slowly killing his or herself. That person should definitely think about it the next time he or she "lights up". ...read more.

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