The Silent Killer
Intro- Hello everyone, if you don’t already know, my name is Greg Mrowka, and I’m here to talk to you about the silent killer, smoking. My goal in telling you about smoking is that you yourselves will not one day become a casualty in the war on smoking. I myself am already in the numbers as one of the addicted, potential casualties. From experience, and through witnessing many deaths on behalf of smoking I believe I am well qualified on telling you about this subject.
Goals- Firstly I will tell about the propaganda behind smoking and what influences people to turn to smoking, then I will tell you about the ill-effects that smoking propositions for all of it’s customers, and finally I will tell you about how to avoid or quit smoking.
Influences- The first and seemingly strongest influence is peer pressure
Second are advertisements made to young teens
and children as well as a majority of the black community
Oral citation-Of all people who have ever tried a cigarette, 88 percent tried their first cigarette by age 18.
- “Tobacco Use
Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General," 1994, p. 67.
Citation-Every day, the tobacco companies get about 3,000 new customers -- kids.
- 3000/day new customers: JAMA, January 6, 1989
Ill-effects-several diseases can be contracted from the use of cigarettes., these include: cancer, hair loss
, wrinkles, buerger’s disease, psoriasis, heart illness, impotence, cervical cancer, ulcers, discoloration of teeth and fingers, osteoporosis, hearing loss, etc
All of these ailments will be detailed on the visual aid
How to quit or not smoke-
The easiest ways to prevent smoking are simple, most smokers start smoking at a young age, if you don’t smoke while your in school, you are more likely not to smoke later on. Keep yourself away from smoker scenes, avoid being in restaurants that allow smoking.
To quit is hardThey also know that of the ones who try to quit only about 3% succeed.
- Those who try to quit: 3% succeed: MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT, CDC, DECEMBER 23, 1994 Where's our right to quit? Tobacco companies know that 70% of smokers want to quit but can’t.
- 70% of smokers want to quit but can’t: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/research_data/bka/ythaddct.htm
However here are ways, but they include drastic changes in life style…One way is to simply alter your day to day activities, try public transport instead of driving, because you cant smoke there, go to different restaurants and if necessary hang out with your usual friends less often. Find other activities to take time like walking or sports.
To summarize I have told you the basic strategies people use to get you hooked on cigarettes, I have told you why you should not smoke, and why you should never smoke or how to quit. I hope this is all helpful to you. Thank you
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