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Stop Smoking, make it illegal! - By Louise Collins

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Stop Smoking, make it illegal! - By Louise Collins Expensive highs, expensive addictions, smoking is a worthless habit. Smoking like so many other harmful substances is a drug. They have the power to affect how you feel about yourself and those around you. It takes full control of your body, like your brain has been infected by tar. The three main groups of drugs are legal, illegal and medicinal. Legal and illegal, what is the difference in today's world? Smoking causes fatal hazards and I believe as a consequence, should be made illegal. Smoking is a legal drug worldwide, however, recently many countries such as America and the UK are beginning to realise the affects of another kind of smoking, Passive smoking. Many areas in both countries have restrictions as to where you may smoke. This is a huge step in the right direction. Imagine that there were no restrictions but no smoking at all! Why should many be forced to smoke through the selfish addiction of another? It is our job to take action and inform the country of this silent but deadly killer. Why do people turn their bodies into dilapidated factories with airways of tar and destruction? The answer is Nicotine. Tobaccos is both a stimulant, a substance that speeds up the body and a depressant, a substance that slows down the body. ...read more.


Just remember they will be the ones sharing hospital beds with 10,000 other smokers in hospital every year. Two-thirds of these people say they began because of peer pressure and they end up regretting it. Remember that your parents will always know you are smoking, your hands will turn a sick yellow and your hair and nails will fall out, your looks will fade away to nothing. Did they know the effects when they began? There are many debilitating effects of smoking. This is what happens when you take a single puff of a cigarette: The hot smoke, as if it were lava from an erupting volcano, scalding your throat and the delicate lining of the lungs. It irritates the bronchial tubes; therefore making you cough, violently, as your body desperately tries to get rid of the smoke but ends up fighting a losing battle. Your airways become empty roads of liquid tar that suffocates the body. Poison collects in the bottom of your lungs as the toxic chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream. By this time the nicotine has already won control of your mind. (Show picture of lungs in the book) Some say the effects of giving up are worse than the ones caused by smoking in the first place - But as they say things can only get better, and they do, well, after the first few months. ...read more.


Many statistics were in my speech, they were all meant to shock and question what we once thought. They are meant to make you think about a certain point in more detail. For example, 'There are 4000 chemicals in just one cigarette' I also used statistics during rhetorical questions to make my point even more effective, such as, 'Why is it that �10,000,000,000 worth of cigarettes are sold every year in the UK?' I got these from a reliable source and I hope the audience finds them informative and gives them something to think about. I used personal pronouns such as our, we and you in my speech to make the audience feel more involved, when I used imperatives they contained personal pronouns as they are orders made for the listeners. The personal pronouns in my speech make each and every person feel as if they are being talked to individually but are being told as a group. My last paragraph is the only one to tell of good things that happen when you stop smoking. It gives you a final message of caution and a message of hope for the future. Then ends with my important rhetorical question, 'Could the addiction from the year 1586 finally be conquered by the people of today and made illegal once and for all?' Which indirectly gives an order to the audience and hope to those who are already under the spell of smoking... ...read more.

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