The Effects of Smoking

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With society growing the way it is today, there are a lot of people doing certain things that are bad for their health. Young adults between the age of 18 and 25 are picking up the habit of smoking either when they get out of high school or when they are in college. There are more than 90 million Americans who smoke on a daily basis, that group is made up of young teenagers to many elderly Americans with serious health problems. According to the standup comedian Wendy Liebman: "People always come up to me and say that my smoking is bothering them…Well, its killing me!" Most people who do smoke are not seeing what they are actually doing to themselves as well as what they are doing to other people. Smoking affects millions of people in the United States as well as other parts of the world, but the majority of emphasis comes from the U.S.

This has caused the United States to have the highest regulations on minors smoking to elders with health problems not smoking.

Smoking, which came out in the early 16th century was an activity that was for the wealthy and the upper class. However, in today's society's smoking has become an addiction for a majority of people, regardless of wealth and status. Young adults coming out of high school see that their parents are doing it and they want to try it or they have already tried it with their friends because of peer pressure. The effects that come out of this are that people start to get attached to smoking causing them to smoke more and buy their own cigarettes on a regular basis. There is one main reason why people say that they smoke: I am under stress, I need one.