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Why do some young people continue to smoke when they are aware of the dangers?

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Why do some young people continue to smoke when they are aware of the dangers? Firstly I am going to talk about the history of smoking and what smoking is. Smoking was first brought to the UK around 500 years ago in the early 16th Century. Back then many people did not know the dangers of smoking and what damage it does to your health. In the early 20th Century smoking became very popular and the cigarettes were being produced in large numbers. When time went on people started to be aware of the dangers cigarettes were doing to them, so anti smoking campaigns started in the 1980's. When cigarettes companies realised the drop in smoking they started targeting young people and poorer, less educated countries, which are not aware of the danger. Now I will talk about cigarettes and what they are. Cigarettes are made from dried tobacco leaves. The tobacco is grown in many countries like China, United States of America, Brazil and India. ...read more.

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The tobacco industry makes smoking seem like a "cool" thing to do. Since teenagers see older people all around them smoking, especially their parents and relatives, they smoke to act older. The last reason why I think people start to smoke is the excitement of experimenting with something that is forbidden. Usually parents do not allow their under age teens to smoke. Therefore, smoking becomes very attractive. Maybe they think it is exiting to get cigarettes and sneak away to smoke without being caught. I will now talk about the dangers of smoking. The soot, tar, gases, and other poisons in cigarettes harm your body over time. Each cigarette a person smokes, shortens your life by five and a half minutes. It can take ten years for your body to shake off the effects of smoking. The dangers of smoking damage your heart and lungs. Smoking makes it harder for you to taste, smell and fight infections. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and chronic lung diseases. ...read more.

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Also there are health warnings on the back of cigarettes to warn you about the dangers of smoking. Finally, I will now answer my main question, which is, why do some young people continue to smoke when they are aware of the dangers? I think that as some young people keep smoking they become addicted although they knew from the start it could cause many diseases. Many people that smoke say that they need it, or they can't go a day without a cigarette. After smoking for years it becomes more than a physical addiction it becomes mental as well, so it is hard for them to stop. Another reason why young people continue to smoke may be because of stress. Stress is a very common reason why people smoke because they find it to be relaxing. It could be that they just don't care about the dangers and what smoking could do to them. They know that smoking could give other people cancer, but some people may think that it won't happen to them. In the end I think it may just be because they enjoy it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dean Lord ...read more.

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