University of Phoenix - Atlanta Campus
Essentials of College Writing
Dr. Baji Daniels
October 14, 2003
This subject could affect our everyday health, it is everywhere, even as we speak it is all around and we don't even know it's there, or do we; this subject I am referring to is cigarette smoking. Bombarded by advertisements from the local newspapers, to the international motion picture/film and television society, to the magazines we read it is brimful of tobacco ads. We are a society of political correctness; in our awareness where do we draw the line as we become increasingly aware of our health risks in today's society.
In a society of mystic illusions and grandeur that appear all around us from the visuals on the billboards, to the constant bombardment of television and radio ads that stimulate our five senses, and why? Are they just blowing smoke and using mirrors to persuade our realizations or better yet, addict us to cigarettes? Well now, turn my corner and see it through the eyes of a son that lost his mom to cancer, and as a trauma care nurse.
I grew up in a household where both my mother and father smoked approximately a package and a half of cigarettes a day. In those days, it's socially accepted to smoke at local restaurants and even social get-together. We had other families over on a Saturday night where the adults played cards in the den, the smoke was so thick you can cut it with a knife and serve it on a hors d'oeuvre tray, unenlightened to the kids that played quietly within the confines of my room. Given that secondhand smoke and its effects on the respiratory tract may induce childhood asthma or other respiratory ailments...