The History and Effects of Cigarette Smoking

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Introduction It is regarded one of humankind's most addictive habits. Over time, numerous regulations have been put in place to discourage it. Further, several other measures have been adopted in various jurisdictions across the world in an attempt to discourage this widespread habit. This text largely concerns itself with cigarette smoking. Some of the main issues that will be addressed include but they are not in any way limited to the history of smoking, the impact of smoking on the health of active smokers and passive smokers, how smoking affects the environment and the society and finally, how smoking can be discouraged so as to minimize the negative effects of the same. Smoking: A Concise History Cigarettes have over time become a rather familiar sight. In this section, I will take into consideration the evolution of cigarettes and cigarette smoking over time. In the words of Goldberg "a stone carving in Southern Mexico dating back to between A.D. 600 and 900 depicts smoke being blown through a pipe" (144). As the author further points out, historians are convinced that in the earlier days, tobacco was largely used to not only ward off spirits that were regarded evil but to also "communicate with a higher power" (Goldberg 144). In that regard, it can be noted that unlike today, smoking in the very beginning was largely done for ceremonial, religious and medicinal purposes. According to Hanson, Venturelli and Fleckenstein, 1942 is widely regarded as the year

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