We learn and are taught about the dangers of smoking as young children. We hear about it on television, radio and in print. It’s all around us and completely unavoidable. Just about everyone knows someone who has died from a smoking related disease. And not only are smokers putting their own lives at risk, but they are also placing the lives of those around them in serious danger. The majority of smokers are cognizant of the dangers of inhaling the poisons and toxins that deteriorate their health and those around them, and they either don’t care or are so addicted to tobacco, that they are at an impasse to do anything about it.
There are many different reasons why people choose to smoke cigarettes. Many people start smoking during their teenage years, due to peer pressure and acceptance. Some people begin smoking due to the stress in their lives and are under the misconceived notion that it relaxes them. Others smoke due to the assumption that because their parents smoke, it must be okay. A little common sense would indicate that inhaling smoke cannot be good or healthy for the human body.
Cigarettes are highly addictive, both physically and psychologically. Once a person is addicted to and dependant upon cigarettes, it is very difficult to quit. Most users of tobacco products develop a tolerance to nicotine and require greater amounts to produce the desired effect, according to the National Cancer Institute. Tobacco companies put ammonia in cigarettes, which opens up brain cells, causing the nicotine to be absorbed in greater amounts, which expedites the addiction. These companies spend billions of dollars a year on marketing to get people hooked, and a majority of this advertising is targeted to young children and teens.
There are many negative risks associated with smoking cigarettes. Smoking can cause diminished or extinguished sense of smell and taste, frequent colds, premature and more abundant face wrinkles,...