Smoking. Is it worth it?

By Ninglee Weng

It's more than just a cigarette.

Short Term Effects of Smoking

  • Nicotine affects the body's blood pressure, heart rate and the flow of blood from the heart.
  • Arteries become narrow.
  • Carbon monoxide reduces amount of oxygen the blood can carry.
  • Creates an imbalance in the demand for oxygen by the cells and the amount of oxygen the blood is able to supply.
Healthy red blood cells.

Long Term Effects of Smoking

  • Smoking can cause chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, bladder, cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.
  • Smokeless cigars and cigarettes also have deadly effects.
  • Women are not supposed to smoke especially when pregnant because their could be many adverse birth outcomes.
  • Even non smokers get long term effects from being around secondhand smoke.
  • Men's sperm can be affected by smoking and will increase risk for birth defects and miscarriage.
  • Smoking affects the teeth and gum which could lead to tooth lose.
  • It can affect bone health; Women will have an increased risk for breaking bones compared to someone who has never smoked.
  • Smoking is a very expensive bad habit. Chain smokers who smoke a pack a day will spend around $8,750 a year on cigarettes.
Smoking can make you spend all your time here.

Consequences of Smoking

Legal

  • Smoking has been banned in all workplaces and enclosed public spaces since 2004 in Manitoba.
  • There is a law that has been in place since 2005 in Manitoba that it is illegal to advertise tobacco related products.
  • Smoking in a vehicle with a child under 16 years old is illegal in Manitoba since 2010.
You see this sign in most enclosed spaces.

Ethical

  • If people do not agree to the banning of unhealthy products such as cigarettes. Than this could lead to black markets, low compliance and protests.
  • To help ease into banning these products free medical therapy and counselling should be offered to help people who are trying to quit.
  • People who are born 2000 or later are becoming much more educated about the topic.
Teaching children not to smoke is happening in classrooms.

Safety

  • Other than the health consequences that come with smoking by choice, there are also many safety issues that come with second hand smoking.
  • Secondhand smoke harms children and adults, and the only way to fully protect nonsmokers is to eliminate smoking in all homes, worksites, and public places.
  • Second hand smokers are at risk to many of health consequences smokers have.
  • Smoking in enclosed spaces is dangerous as it is a major fire hazard and that is why it is not prohibited in most places.
Your child could be breathing in second hand smoke near you, because of your cigarette.

Social Factors of Smoking

  • Children whose parents smoke are more than twice as likely to start smoking compared to those with non-smoking parents.
  • Teens are more likely to get hooked on cigarettes if their friends smoke because it will make them feel like they fit in.
Don't smoke just to fit in.

Some Chemicals that are Found in Cigarettes

  • There are more than 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes. Such as:
  • Rat Poison
  • Jet Fuel
  • Nicotine
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Ammonia
  • Tar
This is what smoking puts in your body.

After reading this . . . Would you start/quit smoking?

The choice is yours.

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Created with images by goranmx - "smoke fumes black" • suesun - "cigarette smoking unhealthy" • dxiri - "Human_Blood_Cells_by_fine_ass_tramps" • Presidencia de la República Mexicana - "Inauguración del Hospital Municipal de Chiconcuac" • Picudio - "no smoking sign cigarette" • xMizLitx - "IMG_1128" • AMagill - "Smoke" • Tobyotter - "What Parents Don't Know . . ." • erix! - "Blue Tars"

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