Why You Should Quit Smoking Essay
1150 Words5 Pages
Topic: Smoking in Society
Goal: I want to persuade my audience that smoking is a health risk to all of society and that smokers should be encouraged to quit.
Thesis: It is imperative for smokers to quit, benefiting society as a whole a well as themselves.
Attention Material: I am from a family where both of my parents dont smoke. There is although a person of my circle who smokes a lot everyday and that is my unlce. All my life I can remember him smoking and trying to quit but never being able to. The only moment in his life when it seemed completely necessary and possible for him to quit was the day he found out he had cancer, but even by then time was running out. He died in March of 2003; At some point in your…show more content…
A future depends on those that are coming behind us, but with harmful substances already making their way into the lives of youth, a future could be pretty bleak.
Transition: Involvement of education and influence are only a step in any direction, the risks involved can be pretty extreme and life altering.
II. Not only does smoking affect the smoker, but those whom they share their space with. A. Second hand smoke causes just as many of the same health issues to those around a smoker and as could be produced in the smoker. As reported by the Center for Disease Control, illness from smoking ranges from lung cancer, ischemic heart disease, and chronic airway obstruction as well as shortening a person's lifespan averaging 13.2 years for me and 14.5 years for women (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion). These are risks that many smokers know may just be regurgitated facts, but is not hearing them once more another chance to decide that health is better than a cigarette? Much of the health issues that society deals with today would be greatly decreased if more and more people began to quit smoking.
Transition: Prevention can be found
Essay on The Difficulty in Quitting Smoking
1350 Words6 Pages
The Difficulty in Quitting Smoking
Smoking is terrible. Statistically speaking, smoking is the most dangerous thing that we can choose to do with our own health. Yet so many people still smoke. The author will confess that he too is a smoker, but as a smoker, I feel shame about it under certain circumstances. It is a personal choice in my life, yet there is nothing but social pressure to conform and quit. Smokers make up 23% of the Canadian population, most likely more as a smokers was defined as someone who smokes pack a day (Statistics Canada, 2000). There must be more smokers out there that feel this malaise with me. Along with this distress, goes the equally stressing issues of our own desires (in a great many…show more content…
This, among other things to be examined in greater depth later, can detract from motivation to quit or even further set a smoker in their ways.
A great factor in motivation to quit smoking comes from what smoking does to one's health. Drastic and terrible things like innumerable forms of cancer, heart deasese, stroke. These health risks go beyond what the average person is comfortable with, and from here, there stem problems with helping people quit. The following in an excerpt from one of many websites offering help for smokers.
Nicotine and other tobacco toxins cause free radical damage to cells and destroy vitamins and minerals thereby weakening the immune system. Besides nicotine, cigarette smoke contains tar, arsenic, cyanide, DDT, ammonia, carbon monoxide and over 4,700 chemical components including approximately 500 known toxins which include cardiac poisons, cancer causing agents and industrial solvents. Nicotine is one of the most powerful poisons known to mankind. It is widely used as an insecticide. (New Age Concepts Inc., 2001)
It is this drastic and almost sickening reports on the effects of smoking that heighten dissonance between the smoker's desire to quit and the extreme difficulty of quitting.
Anyone who has ever smoked more than one to five cigarettes a day can tell you how difficult it is to quit smoking. The addiction to smoking has