Essay The Dangers of Smoking

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The Dangers of Smoking Smoking has a very negative impact on the health of people and causes serious long-term and short-term health problems for both the smoker and non-smoker. The act of smoking began since centuries ago. Today, many people still smoke knowing the fact that it can lead to seious heatlh problems and also possibly death. Smoking has been around since the beginning of time. It is uncertain on how the practice of smoking first came about, but it is certain that the ancient Maya and Aztec Indians of Central America did smoke tobacco. Before cigarettes were invented, tobacco was consumed by chewing, in pipes, cigars, and also made into powder to be sniffed. The first cigarettes were hand-rolled, until the United …show more content…
Advertising and promotion also plays an important role. It attracts more people into smoking and also promotes a glamourous image of smoking. Many countries all over the world have banned advertising and promotion of cigarette brands in the hopes of decreasing the amount of smokers. Another common reason for people to start smoking is to look cool. Many people get influenced by celebrities and movie stars who smoke. They believe that it will give them a cool image if they smoke too. A lot of people who starts smoking never expect to be addicted to it. But once they start, it can be very hard to stop. There are many dangerous chemicals in cigarettes that can cause harm to the body. According to the Center s for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 4,000 chemical components found in cigarettes and at least 250 of them are harmful to human health. One of the key ingrediant that leads to an addiction is the chemical nicotine. Nicotine is a very dangerous chemical that can cause addiction. It can cause an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow and can also narrow arteries. It can also lead to heart attacks because it hardens the arterial walls. Nicotine can stay in the body for up to eight hours a day. Once it is inhaled into the body, it is carried to the brain and produces chemical changes in the brain which causes a craving for more. Another dangerous chemical is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a

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