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Smoking Essay Smoking has become a very large problem over the years. People are spending a large amount of their income buying cigarettes instead of necessities such as milk. It is a known cause of cancer and other life threatening diseases. Medical opinion confirms that smoking is harmful to your health. Smoking is bad for your health, and the health of the people around you.

Many people start smoking because they think it makes them look more grown up. They see their parents and other important adults in their life smoking and think that it is something they should do too. There is also allot of peer pressure going on at schools. Children see their friends smoking so they think that they need to smoke as well. If the children don't know why they shouldn't smoke chances are that they will Cigarettes have a very addictive drug in them called nicotine.

This makes it very had for you to stop smoking it gives you the urge to smoke more. If you start smoking one cigarette a day you will probably end up smoking a pack a day in a fairly short amount of time.

Cigarette advertisement is everywhere you look. While they have banned cigarette advertisements from television you can still find them on hoardings, and in magazines. The cigarette companies know their adult smokers have an addiction to cigarettes therefore it would be pointless to direct the advertisements towards them. Instead they aim the advertisements towards children. Their advertisements try to convince young children to smoke by presenting them with an ideal life. They show Super models and expensive cars in their advertisements suggesting that smoking will make you look good and make you wealthy.

Some girls start smoking because they want to look older. It does make them...