The Effects of Smoking Tobacco

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Although it remains a large portion of the U.S’ economy, tobacco smoking can lead to a variety of diseases and disorders that affect the user. The effects of smoking tobacco not only affect the user but surrounding people as well: permanently destroying their lungs and children, increasing the chances of diseases and of cancer.

Diseases caused by the effects of smoking or second hand smoke may lead to emphysema. To start, even after only a few years of smoking, one’s lungs could be affected for the rest of his/her life. Making reference to the issue, “If exposure to cigarette advertising is a risk factor for disease, it is incumbent on the public and elected officials to deal with it as we would the vector of any other pathogen” (Sullum). This said, it is a known fact that smoke contains many harmful chemicals found in rat poison and other toxic products. Shortness of breath and exasperation are a given and will occur, but so do diseases like emphysema which can gradually choke the user to death. Based on the following research, “The EPA’s Study is the most recent of these meta- analyses. It found an increased risk of 19% among U.S. nonsmokers married to smokers suffer from emphysema” (Sullivan). Emphysema remains a potent disease that slowly suffocates its victims; while recent studies show that although one may not smoke, second hand smoke could potentially trigger this disease in loved ones around the smoker. Finally, with recent modern technologies the disease could be removed but avoiding smoking altogether is an instant fix. According to this recent article, “Regardless of birth weight, babies born to smoking mothers are more likely to die in infancy than unexposed infants” (Sullivan). Obviously, the under-developed lung of...

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...ed by smoking. The various types of diseases contracted caused by smoking such as emphysema and asthma. Cancer and lose of wealth can be attributed to long-term smoking. All in all, the smoke affects the health of the smoker and those around them indefinitely. Smokers do not get old; they die young.

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