Addiction - (The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity). Most people have no idea what it feels like to be addicted to something like smoking, your body says no, but there is something inside you that says yes. You may have heard about it, but not experienced it. Today I am here to tell you to not start, because once you start, you could get addicted and it is very hard to stop. I have chose smoking because my grandpa was in the army so he smoked and once he was out of the army and before he passed away he actually quit smoking which I thought was awesome.
Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is nearly one in five deaths. Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following causes combined. Smoking is a very serious matter and here are some reasons why...
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Smoking causes stroke and coronary heart disease, which are among the leading causes of death in the United States. Even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day can have early signs of cardiovascular disease. This makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure go up. Clots can also form. A stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood flow to part of your brain or when a blood vessel in or around your brain bursts. Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower. Blockages caused by smoking can also reduce blood flow to your legs and skin.
DAMAGING OTHERS AROUND YOU
How does smoking affect other people? Children and babies who live in a home where there is a smoker: Are more prone to asthma, and ear, nose and chest infections. Have an increased risk of dying from cot death (sudden infant death syndrome). If you were to smoke around one of your friends, you could not only damage your lungs but also damage theirs.
JOINING SMOKING EARLY
Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, and 99% first tried smoking by age 26. Each day in the United States, more than 3,200 youth aged 18 years or younger smoke their first cigarette, and an additional 2,100 youth and young adults become daily cigarette smokers. Joining smoking early is even more dangerous than smoking at an older age, because your body can not handle what is going on.
7 REASONS TO BE SMOKE-FREE
Nicotine - Is highly addictive. Smokers find it very hard to quit because they are hooked on the nicotine. Nicotine is an extremely fast-acting drug. It reaches the brain within 15 seconds of being inhaled. If cigarettes and other tobacco products had no nicotine, the number of people who smoke every day would drop drastically. Without nicotine, the tobacco industry would collapse.
Quitting smoking cuts cardiovascular risks. Just 1 year after quitting smoking, your risk for a heart attack drops sharply. Within 2 to 5 years after quitting smoking, your risk for stroke could fall to about the same as a nonsmoker’s. If you quit smoking, your risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drop by half within 5 years. Ten years after you quit smoking, your risk for lung cancer drops by half. But, if you don't smoke at all, you wouldn't have to worry.