Addicted: The High Cost of Cigarette Smoking

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An addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit, practice, or something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. There are many forms of addictions but the most common addiction is smoking. According to the American Cancer Society, on average about 45 million Americans currently smoke cigarettes. About twenty three percent are male adults and eighteen percent are female adults. Many smokers do not realize the serious effects of smoking until it is too late. It wasn’t known until the past twenty or thirty years what the harmful effects of smoking were. Many people who smoke started because of peer pressure, the desire to be labeled as “cool”, or just did not have the resources to understand the risks. Whatever the reason…show more content…
When a person becomes a smoker in their early teens they are at a greater risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, lung cancer, and emphysema. Some other researched effects include accelerated osteoporosis, earlier menopause, and impaired reproductive capacity mostly seen in adults. Women who are pregnant should not smoke due to the fact that it can damage a baby’s brain development and growth. It could also result in a decreased ability to enjoy physical abilities because of the ailment or side effects like breathing problems. It also reduces life expectancy. The smoker may lose 10-15 years of his or her life as a consequence. Even though there are many physical effects, some of the reasons why smoking is so addicting are psychological. Healthy Living believes that this is the main reason people have been unsuccessful at quitting smoking. When people try to quit they go through withdrawal which will go away after a short time or can linger for a long period of time. Once a smoker can conquer the mental, the physical is easy.
It has been told that second hand smoke is more dangerous than actually inhaling the tobacco. So those who are constantly around those who smoke are at the same risk of forming illnesses and disease. It has been proven that second hand smoke has 4000 chemical compounds and 200 which are poisonous. Second hand smoke can affect any race, gender, and age. The smoker could possibly be the cause of another person’s
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