Write a speech to persuade young people not to smoke

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Write a speech to deliver to your year group in assembly, persuading them that smoking is bad for them.

Thank you for coming here to listen to me today; I want to make you aware about smoking and why it is bad for you.

There are some people in this assembly who do smoke nowadays; this could be because you think it looks cool. However, if you do smoke, you will always have bad breath and yellow teeth. This does not look cool. How would you feel to go around school on your own because you stink? You would not like that. I do not think that many people would like to be someone whose teeth are stained yellow from smoking too much. A recent poll found that 90 percent of the one million people asked thought smoking was a turn off. How would you feel if you did not have anyone to be with because you smoke?

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Furthermore, smoking makes you look older. I know that to many people, looks are important; how would you feel if you were only 16 but had the looks of a 27 year old? It has been proven that people smoke because they are under a lot of pressure at school and smoking calms the nerves. But, do you really want to look ten years older than you really are? There are other ways in which you can deal with stress, but that is not what I am here to talk about.

Also, the obvious disadvantage with smoking is ...

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