Smoking Cigarettes Is The Leading Cause Of Death

852 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of death in the United States. Smoking causes cancer in so many people. Over 90% of all lung cancer in men and women are caused by smoking tobacco. Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following combined: Illegal drug use, alcohol use, HIV, motor vehicles, and many more. More than ten times as many US citizens have died from smoking than have died in wars fought by US in history. So, the real question is, “Why do people still smoke cigarettes, knowing that it can kill them?” Smoking cigarettes is the most devastating thing to damage people’s health. However, people still smoke cigarettes, knowing it can kill them for several reasons. First of all, people still smoke cigarettes today because they think it looks cool. Most people have grown up with everyone smoking everywhere they went. One victim of smoking cigarettes, Barry Blackwell said, “I remember going to the doctor for a regular checkup and he would examine me with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. It was a way of life” ("We Know It Can Kill Us: Why People Still Smoke"). Kids and teenagers see people smoking on movies and television shows, so they think it would make them cool to do it. Many teenagers start smoking by attending social occurrences, such as parties. Although, many parents and family members smoke, so they think they should try it. Teenagers that have parents that smoke see the cigarette butts laying around and sneak off with them to try it. The…
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