Essay by PRINCESSAMBER5College, Undergraduate April 2005

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Today I'm going to talk to you about why you should never start smoking, and if you currently smoke why you should quit immediately. There are many drugs in the world today that are hurting us all. The drug that I am going to talk to you about today is the drug found in cigarettes: which is nicotine. Once a person inhales nicotine they are addicted to it. It is very hard to get off nicotine just as it would be to stop using any other drug. Every year we lose 4.9 million people worldwide, not from aids, homicides, or even auto accidents, but from smoking, smoking kills more than all of those combined. Although some people do not think that smoking cigarettes will directly affect their lives, they are wrong, I believe that smoking is a hazard to not only the people who smoke, but also to the people around them as well.

Just like smokers, a non-smoker breathing second hand smoke is exposed to roughly 3,700 different chemicals. Many of them can be poisonous; others are powerful cancer causing substances, such as formaldehyde. Have you ever taken a close look at the bottom of the cigarette box? Well, if you haven't, this is what it says: SMOKING MAY CAUSE LUNG CANCER, HEART DISEASE AND MAY ALSO COMPLICATE PREGNANCY. Does it not shock people that the tobacco companies are giving them a warning?

Smoking does not only make people look bad, but it also effects their bodies internally in negative ways. Smoking can cause many life-threatening diseases. Some of those diseases include chronic lung and heart disease; and cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, and mouth. It can also cause heart attacks and strokes. Cigarette smoking accounts for 30 percent of all heart disease deaths. The carbon monoxide...