Taking a Look at Smoking

1682 WordsJan 29, 20187 Pages
Currently five million people die worldwide from smoking tobacco; in the United States about 480,000 people die per year (“General”). That is roughly 1,300 people a day losing their life to the most preventable cause of death in the world. The media will often cover the deaths of celebrities and individuals who die in unique accidents. However, they fail to mention the 1,300 smoking related deaths per day. Why aren't these deaths announced when celebrity deaths are the headlines of the day? Teenagers who think smoking is a cool habit around their friends and enjoy nicotine or people who have enormous amounts of stress often turn towards smoking for the drug known as nicotine. The main reason people smoke a cigarette is to ingest the drug nicotine. Nicotine triggers the release of dopamine, which stimulates a general good feeling in the body, and epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline. Along with with the increased energy and good feeling, cigarettes have a small array of other benefits. Smoking suppresses a person’s appetite which leads to smokers having less obesity than non-smokers. Smoking reduces the risk of getting Parkinson’s Disease and the risk of blood clots (Wanjek). In addition to these benefits experienced by the user, cigarettes and cigars also make huge amounts of money for the manufacturer. Despite the few possible positive aspects of smoking, there are numerous negative facts that make

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