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Persuasive writing : Why do people smoke?

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Smoking Time and time again we see people all through the country "lighting up." Wither its Marlboro or Camel people young and old find smoking to be their key to relaxation. Ever since humans have walked on this planet, society has determined our way of life. It has told us what we should do to become successful and how we must dress to be considered acceptable. It has spread the word about what we must eat, and where we fit in here on Earth. We have put together false categorizing of what is good and bad, wrong and right, ugly and beautiful. Even cool and un-cool, Our civilization has told us what we must do to be on top in the modern world, even though the act may hurt us. Smoking has been a key to popularity. And we ask ourselves why? Why do people risk there lives to 'fit in with the crowd'? Smoking remains the main cause of preventable disease and premature death in the UK. In England alone, over 80,000 deaths per year are due to smoking and about 8.5 million people still smoke in England today. ...read more.


Stopping smoking can improve your chances of conceiving. Why are cigarettes so harmful? There are 4000 chemicals in one cigarette. A few of them being: Acetone - A fragrant volatile ketene used as a solvent such as nail polish remover. Ammonia - A caustic agent used in fertilizers, dry cleaning fluid and bathroom cleaners. It is added to cigarettes to boost flavor. Some studies suggest it is also used to make nicotine more addictive. Ammonia can make people more susceptible to viral illness and aggravate chronic respiratory conditions. Benzene - Benzene is a colorless cyclic hydrocarbon obtained from coal and petroleum. It is used as an industrial solvent (dyes, synthetics and rubbers), and in fuel. It is known to cause cancer in humans and is particularly associated with leukemia. Cadmium - A highly poisonous metal, used to make batteries. It causes liver, kidney and brain damage, and is more dangerous when inhaled than when ingested. Carbon Monoxide -This is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that is lethal in large doses, carbon monoxide causes increased heart rate and shortness of breath. ...read more.


This causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and hormonal production, changes in metabolism and constriction of blood vessels. Large doses are extremely poisonous - 60mg placed on a person's tongue could kill within minutes. All of these harmful substances and the government still allow cigarettes even with knowing all the facts. Governments have a virtual monopoly on the profits from the sale of cigarettes. They make more money on each pack of cigarettes sold than anyone in the business - including the manufacturers. You ask yourself is your life really so insignificant in favor of money? The government seems to think so. Why waste money, damage not only yourself, but others around you all for the sake of consuming harmful substances. It doesn't matter how old you are, how much you smoke or how many years you've been a smoker - giving up can halt at least some of the damage. The heart can pump more blood - and oxygen - around the body with less effort. Quitting particularly reduces the risk of a heart attack in people with other risk factors like being overweight or who have diabetes, high blood pressure or raised blood cholesterol levels. ...read more.

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