Smoking is a deadly habit that is known to cause various fatal illnesses such as lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema. Yet today, many people around the world continue to partake in this deadly practice. Various reasons have been given for why these people continue to smoke. There are some basic reasons that include feeling mature, experimenting and addiction, yet at the same time there are other more complex psychological reasons that have been proven. Studies have shown that smokers are risk takers, have poor self-control as well as a bad sense of long-term and short-term goals and also need immediate gratification. Each of these reasons shows why a smoker continues to smoke despite the known consequences that come along with it. Some studies have shown that today, people begin smoking to appear more mature or because they have given in to peer pressure. Some teenagers will take cigarettes from their parents and then pressure their friends to smoke with them. It makes them feel superior and more mature because all their lives the only people who they saw smoking were older than they were. Others have started because they felt the need to experiment and take risks (Kessler, 1995). With this, they feel rebellious because most people today are warned about the dangers of smoking from a very early age and yet they are going against these warnings. However, one thing is for sure, each person continued to smoke because of the high addictive quality that is part of smoking. Once a person has started smoking, it is nearly impossible for them to quit due to the high amount of nicotine that is contained in cigarettes. It becomes a stress reliever for them and after a while they will feel the need to smoke more and more often. During any high pressure situation they will want to smoke to help them relieve their stress and they will feel anxious until they are able to. A survey was conducted by a student to attempt to discover possible reasons for smoking. The person she interviewed has been smoking for over twenty years and has tried to quit multiple times. He has tried various methods of quitting including the nicotine patch and electronic cigarettes but all attempts have been unsuccessful. He began smoking while he was working at a deli, because all of his co-workers would go out to smoke on their break and he felt left out. He stated that this was the biggest mistake of his life and that he wishes that he never started smoking. This matches up with a commonly known reason to start smoking- peer pressure. He also stated that the only reason he still smokes today is because it is so addictive and because it is so hard to quit. According to the interview, he has not yet dealt with any health issues that are related to smoking but he is scared for his future health because he knows all of the potential health risks that come along with smoking. The various reasons given for why this person smokes are very similar to the commonly known reasons for smoking. He began smoking due to peer pressure and because he wanted to fit in with the people around him. It became an addiction for him and this is the reason that he continues to smoke today. Along with these basic reasons for smoking, other reasons have been given for this study. The first reason would be risk taking. This goes along with the experimentation reason but can be explained more in depth. Some studies have shown that people who smoke are more likely to be caught up in risky behavior. Along with smoking, a smoker would be more likely to speed on a highway or not wear their seatbelt than a non-smoker would (Ert & Yechiam, 2013). This may explain why a smoker would start smoking to begin with. It shows that they were daring enough to take the initial risk to have that first cigarette. Most people, who smoke, however, are well aware of the potential health problems that come along with smoking but continue to do so anyway (Ert & Yechiam, 2013). Although the initial risk
pack of cigarettes. If it is harmful then why are they still manufacturing this poisonous thing? Oh! I know it’s because of the money isn’t it? Sad but it’s the reality, money makes the world go around. Everyday there are thousands or more, people suffering because of cigarette smoking. But yet there are still people want to try it or started to smoke even though they already know the effects of it in their lives. It is not only harmful for those who smoke but it is also injurious too those inhales…
million of people per year. It is surprisingly being picked up by children every day. Smoking has become popular all communities. The number of young smokers have been increased in most high schools and even middle schools. Most youth and teenagers are smoking because they think it is cool. Most of their friends are smoking and this influences children to smoke.
Smoking is one of the worst things youth,teenagers, and adults can do to their bodies. Tobacco companies spend billions of dollar yearly on…
Secondhand smoke (SHS) is also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). SHS is a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco:
• Sidestream smoke – the smoke that comes from the end of a lighted cigarette, pipe, or cigar
• Mainstream smoke – the smoke that is exhaled by a smoker
Even though we think of these as the same, they aren’t. The sidestream smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) than the mainstream smoke. And, it contains smaller…
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Nicotine is a toxic colorless or yellowish oily liquid that is the chief active constituent of tobacco. It acts as a stimulant in small doses, but in larger amounts it blocks the action of the autonomic nerve and the skeletal muscle cells. Smokers are familiar of the deadly side effects nicotine…
Put This In Your Pipe and Smoke It
English PAP, May 26, 2015
Thesis Statement: Some reasons teens start smoking is because of peer pressure, stress, or
because they want to be cool; however, there are negative side effects for teen smokers.
Reasons why people start smoking.
A. People start smoking because of peer pressure.
B. Some smoke to get away from stress at school, work or home.
killer of millions worldwide annually, but is perfectly legal.
Cigarettes have a large affect on society in the area of environmental problems it carries with it. Smoking obviously pollutes the air and it definitely causes a lot of litter. People who smoke usually throw their butts anywhere such as out a car window, in someone’s yard, or even in a stream. Litter from cigarette butts is such a big problem because they take 18 months to 10 years to biodegrade. According to the New Jersey-based American…
The Cost of Smoking
Smokers spend more money than non-smokers because they have to spend money on cigarettes, insurances, and health care. They could save more money by not smoking. The mortality rate for smokers is high, and it is increasing at a faster rate than non-smokers. Moreover, smokers will have a major expenditure on treatments for their health problems due to smoking. Cigarette smoking costs more than $193 billion and second hand smoke costs more than $10 billion (Centers for Disease…
article by Dan Reiss he speaks about how smokers have a right to smoke and that right should not be taken away with from them. He gives his own personal experiences on how people are starting to treat smokers. Smoking Bans are quickly becoming a big issue with smoking causing lung cancer and other bad health issues to the smoker. People are now trying to say that the constitution actually justifies smoking bans and the right to take away smokers right to smoke. The fact that tobacco has had such a huge…
able to complete the sentence because the truth is that smoking cigarettes is not much healthier than doing drugs. You would also hurt yourself through smoking. In fact, cigarettes are worse than drugs in a way. Second and third-hand smoking are the reasons behind this, as smoking harms not only you but other people as well. In the end, what confuses you the most is the fact that smoking is not prohibited while drugs are. Hi, my name is Ted. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak here today…
February 18, 2013
Behind the Smokescreen
In The Deadly Allure of a Smoke, Malindi Corbel gives a very accurate description of why people start smoking tobacco and also gives a few examples on how to quit. Most people start smoking at a young age which makes the appeals of smoking especially attractive to teenagers. Malindi explains this very well throughout her report and also gives personal experiences. One thing she could have touched more on is bans on tobacco…