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oliviaharbor | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 27, 2012 at 4:16 AM via web

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Springhill Groups warned public; “Cigarette Smoking Major Cause of Lung Cancer”

The effects of cigarette smoking to human health are really serious and in fact deadly.  There are approximately 4000 chemicals that are present in the chemical composition of cigarette and hundreds of which are toxic.

Did you know that the leading cause of premature death in the United States is no other than cigarettes?  A preventable death but it claims almost half a million lives each year.  To the extent that the government required larger and more prominent warnings on cigarette packaging and advertisements as part of the strategy to help consumers quit smoking and prevent young people from starting.  But despite of this it seems like tobacco users are not conscious about it.

Smoking effects on the human body are destructive and widespread.  The ingredients in cigarette affect everything from the internal functioning of the organs and target the efficiency of the body’s immune system.  Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Smoking causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general.

This is very bothering.  That is just some of the diseases that one can get from cigarette smoking.  Smoking can also increased heart heath risks, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer not to mention infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 30, 2012 at 3:43 AM (Answer #2)

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Cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung cancer. Besides that, it also contributes to throat, mouth, esophageal, even bladder cancer. It can lead to COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Therefore, if anyone does any kind of research, they must conclude that there is no good reason to smoke cigarettes ever.

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM (Answer #3)

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I have known a number of people who died as a direct result of cigarette addiction, including my own wife. Typically they suffer lingering, excruciating deaths. Doctors try chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but this usually only adds to the suffering. I have known people who gave up chemotherapy because they said they would rather die than continue with the chemotherapy. A woman who lived in the apartment next to mine was dying of lung cancer but refused to go into a nursing home where she could receive better treatment for pain because they wouldn't let her smoke cigarettes there!!! I have COPD from smoking for many years. It is incurable. Don't get started! It's poison. It makes you smell. It's very hard, if not impossible, to quit.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM (Answer #4)

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As a former smoker, I can attest to how difficult it is to quit. It took years and many many attempts, and even then I still smoked a few cigarettes on the sly when I thought nobody was looking.

The mystery is why anybody starts in the first place. The first few cigarettes that one smokes are very unpleasant. You would think that would be enough to discourage just about everybody. I'm pretty sure that a major factor in starting to smoke is being around smokers a lot. I suspect it's related to exposure to secondhand smoke.

Then, of course, there is always the perception that smoking is a rebellious act that allows a young person to show that they are their own person, free to behave in a manner contrary to their parents wishes and their own well being.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM (Answer #5)

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For me, this is a very interesting issue. Though conventional wisdom has long taken smoking to be the cause of a variety of health problems, including lung cancer, people maintain the right to smoke. 

A number of interesting ideas come out of this. The governments of the US, the UK, and Canada all demand that tobacco companies display warning labels on their products, yet these products remain legal (with age restrictions). 

This is an odd situation. We have to wonder if cigarettes were invented today, would they be allowed to go to market? Would the FDA ban them? If the answer is yes, cigarettes would be banned, it leads us to wonder why they are still legal. 

However, they are legal. Being legal, it is then strange that the government would make such imposing demands on a legal product.

History alone cannot explain why smoking is so loosely restricted yet at the same time so vocally derided. The government makes ads, spending public money to stop people from smoking. They could just make smoking illegal... I am not an advocate for the banning of tobacco products, far from it. I don't smoke, but that doesn't mean I think a person's right to smoke should be taken away. 

Perhaps this situation serves to illuminate the government's relationship to a number of potentially harmful but hugely lucrative products (specifically drugs, medicines, etc.). Additionally, the federal government's position on marijuana (now used as a medicine in over 10 states and completely legal in others) becomes, again, quite odd when seen in the light of its position on tobacco. 

When one product has been proven (at least in the public mind) to be nearly lethal and another has not been proven to be harmful at all, that a government would prefer the more dangerous product is strange indeed.

Anyway...an interesting subject.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 3, 2013 at 5:14 AM (Answer #6)

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The economic stakes in the cigarette business have become too huge to overcome in the U.S.  Millions of dollars from these multimillion dollar companies fund lobbyists to ensure the continued sale and distribution of tobacco in the U.S. 

Beyond tobacco, there are many, many other products being sold in the U.S. that could be considered harmful to health, and it is much easier for the FDA to prohibit the creation and production of a product that has never been out on the market than it is to stop the sale of one, like tobacco for example, that has been around for three hundred plus years.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 12, 2013 at 3:09 AM (Answer #7)

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I really do not understand why people start smoking. Everyone that has not been living under a rock knows that smoking cigarettes kills you. Everyone I have ever known that smoked wanted to quit. My grandfather died of lung cancer. No, there is no good reason to start smoking.

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