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Consequences of Smoking

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Smoking is harmful to your health in many different ways, but it is also bad for the people around you because it is more than just a bad habit, it is a terrible addiction. It is very difficult to stop after you have started, especially if it has been several years since the very first time you tried smoking. There is a numerous amount of reasons why smoking is terrible for you, your health, and others as well. You are slowly killing yourself by letting all different types of harmful chemicals into your system, but you are also harming others around you in the process. Stop smoking and save lives.
To begin with, smoking is very hazardous to your health. Tobacco smoke contains many harmful chemicals in it. “Of the more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be harmful, including hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, and ammonia. Among the 250 known harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 69 can cause cancer.” (“Harms of Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting.”). It can cause many problems in not only your life but also in your loved ones lives’ too. For example, if you smoke long enough it could cause cancer. Smoking cigarettes can cause multiple types of cancer such as lung cancer, throat and/or mouth cancer, pancreatic cancer and quite a few others. It can also cause heart disease and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). “Smoking is responsible for several diseases, such as cancer, long-term (chronic) respiratory diseases, and heart disease, as well as premature death. Over 440,000 people in the USA and 100,000 in the UK dies because of smoking each year.” (Nordqvist). In my opinion, that is too many people losing their life to something as awful as smoking. All of these deaths could be prev...

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...o they are just stuck suffering the consequences for the rest of their life. Secondhand smoking is just as harmful to others as smoking is to yourself, so why do it? All of these consequences of smoking can be avoided and prevented if you choose to never start smoking. Smoking is horrible for your health, others health, and it is an addiction that is difficult to stop after you have started. Do not start smoking and you could live longer. Save your life and save others also.

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"Harms of Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting." National Cancer Institute. Turning Discovery Into Health, 12 Jan. 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
Nordqvist, Christian. "Why Is Smoking Bad For You?" Medical News Today.
MediLexicon International Ltd, 3 Mar. 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
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