Smoking is an addiction. When a person smokes a tobacco product, they inhale the smoke, which contains nicotine as well as over 500 other chemicals. A cigarette contains cover paper, tobacco, nicotine, filter, and tar.
The tobacco is where the tar comes from in a cigarette. The other substances that are in the cigarette produce this tar. The tar causes problems with the throat, mouth, and lungs. This causes lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchial disease.
The reason why cigarettes give a person heart disease and heart failure is the carbon monoxide that is in it. This carcinogen enters the blood stream and slowly brings the heart to a halt or it remains in the arteries or vessels. This causes the heart to not pump as much blood through the system and the victim to have a heart attack.
Also there are other diseases that come with smoking. These are Chronic Bronchitis, digestive cancers, gastric ulcers, cancer of the throat, the tongue, the lips, the esophagus, the colon, and the pancreas. Smoking is also a leading cause of cancer. There are 43 known cancer-causing substances in cigarettes. Smoking is responsible for 90% of all lung cancer.
A few years ago, it was revealed that cigarette companies have purposely added nicotine to their product to make it taste better. The secret behind this find was that they also added nicotine to this product so that they can ensure that they will have future people to buy their product.
It is the nicotine in cigarettes that causes the addiction to smoking. Nicotine reaches the brain ten minutes after intake. It is a drug and is just as addicting as heroine or cocaine. There are three main reasons behind this addiction. First, even when taken in small amounts, nicotine produces pleasurable feelings that make the smoker crave more. Second, smokers usually become dependant on nicotine and suffer both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when they stop smoking. Headaches, nervousness, irritability, and difficulty in sleeping can be results of withdrawal. Third, because nicotine effects the chemistry of the brain and central nervous system, it can effect the mood and temperament of the smoker. Nicotine is known as a poison and when taken in large amounts it could result in fatality. It paralysis the breathing muscles.
But nicotine is not all that bad. It is also found that this substance relieves stress in the stress mechanisms and can calm the person to a normal state. Though this is little help in the long run, when there are so many harmful side effects.
It is sad to know that there are so many young smokers in our society and era. More than 3,000 American youths start smoking every day-over 1,000,000 every year. This number continues to grow. It is so alarming because young smokers are more suceptible to disease and pre-mature death. Statistics also show that students who use other drugs, get in fights, carry other weapons, attempt suicide, and engage in high risk sexual behavior are more likely to smoke.
Smoking is an extremely addictive habit that usually forms in the early teen years. We should be targeting our children from the time they enter elementary school to prepare them for this temptation and encourage them to steer clear of this problem (Schoebel 287). There is no sure cure for smoking, and every method requires willingness, dedication, and will power. Smokers should recognize the serious health risks they are facing every time they light a cigarette and accept that quitting such an addictive habit would only come with some amount of discomfort. Is there anyone who does not know someone who smoke's? Everyone has a family member, friend, or coworker who smokes. They have chosen to smoke, but by just being around them you are also smoking, only you have not made that choice. Before you choose to take this risk you should think about what may happen to your body.
There are many factors that you should take very seriously; smoking is a hazardous habit because it leads to addiction, disease, and high-risk pregnancy. As advertisements have shown on commercial on television that smoking is a way to relax and to be cool by smoking cigarettes, they never show you the negative side of it. For example, addiction is one of the bad side effects and it is caused by nicotine. Once you inhale the cigarette you will then feel or want the need for another one, and you may have different personalities and change because of the addiction. You may get more grouchy and violent behavior and need a cigarette to relax, but instead it is doing more damage. Researchers have found ways to control addictions and some have succeeded. People at a younger age start to get addicted by the nicotine in the cigarette and this is where the problem starts (Schoebel 125). The hazards of smoking lead to many fatal diseases and should persuade people to quit their habit.
First, a major reason why people should quit smoking is that many people are dying of cancer. For instance, the statistics say that in the United States six out of ten people are dying daily due to lung cancer (Weitzman 214). This disease is killing people if it is not detected promptly. Another reason for quitting smoking is heart disease and its consequences. For example, many people suffer from heart failure, but even though they know about smoking and its dangers, they do not stop their habit until they become ill. Unfortunately, in many cases, people are at risk to live with heart complications for the rest of their lives. Lastly, another important reason for people to stop smoking is the risk of getting emphysema. This is also a deadly disease that affects their lungs and their whole respiratory system. These several reasons should prove to the smokers that this habit puts their health in danger, and causes many diseases that lead to death (Dhillion 198) .
Cigarettes also tend to be an appetite suppressant specifically decreasing the appetite for simple carbohydrates and disturbs the efficiency with which food is metabolized. People who use tobacco products frequently depend upon it to provide these side effects to help them accomplish certain tasks at specific levels. The reason cigarette smokers do not give up this harmful habit easily is simple; Nicotine is a highly addictive substance like many other drugs. Smokers are hooked as surely as is any heroin or cocaine addict; giving up cigarettes creates painful withdrawal symptoms and a craving that many people cannot overcome (Dhillion 212). Nicotine is carried to the brain via the bloodstream within a minute or two of smoking; it's then eliminated about a half-hour later and then the craving returns. Scientists and farmers have long known that nicotine is a deadly poison. They use a concentrated spray of the chemical, extracted from tobacco leaves as a potent insecticide.
In humans, nicotine constricts the blood vessels, decreasing blood circulation to the skin and vital organs. Long term smokers tend to look much older than nonsmokers- a result