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Hussain Ali Instructor: Elizabeth Aston Class: English 1303 Sec: 04389 Date: Oct 8th, 2002 The hazards of smoking Smoking cigarettes is very hazardous to the health of smokers and the health of the people around them. Many people die because of inhaling cigarette smoke every year. Some of the harmful ingredients in cigarette smoke are nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar. Nicotine is addictive. It is also one of the most dangerous chemicals in cigarette tobacco. Nicotine begins to affect the smoker's blood pressure, the flow of blood from their heart, their heart beat, and breathing rate (Encarta). Cigarette smokers are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes just like a junkie is addicted to heroine or cocaine. When a person smokes a cigarette the body reacts almost immediately. Carbon monoxide is the same poisonous gas released from a car's exhaust pipe. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless highly toxic gas that reduces the amount of oxygen the blood can carry. Carbon monoxide damages the inner walls of the arteries that encourage the buildup of fat. ...read more.


During the exposure to cigarette smoking the bronchi produces extra mucus to clean away the material left behind the smoke. Some of the sings are continuous coughing, often coughing up mucus mixed with blood, and chest pains. If a smoker quits at this point, there is a good chance that the bronchi can return to normal. Heart disease is dramatically increased by smoking cigarettes. The good news is that a smoker's risk of developing lung and other cancers can be reduced by quitting. The risk reduces immediately when a smoker starts smoking less or quits smoking altogether. Emphysema is a lung disease that destroys the elasticity of the lungs and impairs its ability to inhale and exhale properly. In earlier symptoms of emphysema smokers eventually find it difficult to breathe. For instance, during or after physical activity a smoker will find themselves short of breath, or even gasping for air. Victims of emphysema often die of heart attacks because of the years of increased stress on the heart. ...read more.


Here is what you can do to protect you and your family from the dangerous effects of smoke and smokers: don't smoke in your house or let anyone else smoke in your house; don't smoke or allow anyone to smoke around your children especially infants and toddlers; and in restaurants ask to sit in the nonsmoking area (Surgeon General's Warnings). In closing, it has been medically proven that cigarettes have many dangerous effects on a smoker's life. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of premature death in this country. Smoking not only harms the health of the user, but also the health of non-smokers who share the same space. Not smoking and stopping smokers from smoking are the two most important things we can do for ourselves and our loves ones in order to live longer lives. In doing this paper I have learned more about the dangerous chemicals I have always known were in cigarettes. I have learned that cigarettes cause more than just lung cancer. Also, I have learned that filters in cigarettes are not as good as I thought. ...read more.

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