Can someone give me their detailed opinion (pros vs cons)  on smoking?

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cigarettes have now gotten horribly expensive. I see many people these days who take a few puffs on a cigarette and then snuff it out and save it. This seems like a dirty habit. I recently saw a French movie in which a guy paid the equivalent of about $9.00 for a pack of Marlboros. If he only smoked a pack a day he would be spending around $3300 a year for smokes. If he managed to stay alive for forty years, he would have spent something like $130,000 on cigarettes--and that is assuming he didn't smoke more and the price didn't go up. But he will smoke more and the price will go up. And up. They cost around five dollars a pack in California, but I think they cost more like seven dollars a pack in New York. And cigarette smokers will always keep smoking more as they become more addicted. 

There seem to be a lot of people bumming cigarettes from strangers these days. They must be people who are addicted but can't afford to pay such high prices for packs. This is an interesting social phenomenon. The people who bum cigarettes have learned to look for smokers to hit on. If they see a person lighting up and pounce on him, the smoker finds it hard to refuse a fellow addict. Fewer people are picking up cigarette butts because the butts are all smoked down so far that there is virtually no tobacco left.

William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have personally known many people who died from smoking. My own wife died from smoking. Her father died from smoking. I had several friends who died from lung cancer due to cigarette addiction. The woman who lived in the apartment next door to me was dying of lung cancer, but she wouldn't go into a hospice where she could receive morphine injections because they wouldn't let her continue smoking. A man who lived across the hall was skin and bones from lung disease, and yet he was a chain smoker. He had an inhaler to help him breathe. He would take one puff on a cigarette and one puff from the inhaler. He died, of course--but he kept smoking until the end. I started smoking myself when I was only about twelve years old because I thought it was sophisticated. Fortunately I quit after many years and many attempts, but it was the hardest thing I ever did. I can't think of anything good about smoking. It is getting terribly expensive. Laws are being passed making it harder and harder for people to smoke indoors or outdoors. I truly hate to see young people smoking cigarettes. They don't know what they are letting themselves in for. But I can't say anything to them. Maybe they think that by the time they get lung cancer the doctors will have a way to cure it. Never happen!

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a former smoker, the only good things about smoking are often in the smoker's mind and experience rather than factual reality.  Smoking produces a calm feeling.  I have yet to find anything else that can relax and de-stress a person in so short a time span.  It is a fast way to take a break that has the same emotional and psychological impact as a much longer break without the cigarette.  Of course, smoking is addictive so the smoker experiences many benefits to smoking.  The cons are easier to see.  It's clearly a health risk and it's addictive.  Smokers move from wanting a cigarette to needing one.  It is extremely difficult to quit. 

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My husband's mother was a smoker for many years the biggest impact he always complained about was the smokers smell that was on his clothes.  From my mother in laws side of things she ended up quitting in her 30's, but it was really hard on her and the family.  All of that side of the family besides her continues to smoke despite deaths and smoking related illnesses.  Without question the biggest con to smoking is the addiction that grips the smoker.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The only thing I can add is that smoking can lead to higher insurance premiums and more medical bills. It also causes health care costs to go up for society as a whole. It hurts people around you. While I'm not judgemental about smoking, and have even indulged from time to time myself when I was younger, I have absolutely no time for those people who smoke in a car or other enclosed space with small children.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wow... that previous post is amazingly great.  I couldn't think of any pros about smoking, but that at least gave me some insight into why some people like it.  

I'll give you one more con -- your kids have to explain to their kids why Grandma keeps smoking even though it so bad for you... as my wife has to with our kids and her mom.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My grandfather died of lung cancer, and he was a smoker.  As a person who also has lung problems, I can say that once you are in a house where someone has smokes, it is very hard to get the smell out. So there's another reason not to smoke- resale value!

wifii213 | Student

Smoking has no pros, as a matter of fact. Like what wannam said, yes it gives you a calm feeling and you think of good things, but it's only in your mind. Smoking blinds you from its horrible effects on you and the people around you.

sweetskittles24 | Student

what is good...

  • The bonding I experienced with other smokers.
  • The feeling of creating a ritual.
  • Watching the cigarette burn and watching the smoke swirl.
  • Momentary gratification.

what is bad...

  • nxiety from the fear about what I was doing to myself and the consequences.
  • No relaxation, always feeling in need of something. A constant feeling of not being satisfied.
  • Mini-withdrawals throughout the day.
  • Feelings of shame while spending time with nonsmokers.
  • Not accomplishing tasks because of wasted time smoking.
  • The late-evening/middle-of-the-night trip to the gas station.
  • Going out in bad weather to smoke alone.
  • Feelings of inadequacy and substance dependence.
  • Driving my cat out of the room every time I lit up.
  • Dry mouth and constant feelings of thirst.
  • Coughing so hard that I made myself sick.
  • Trembling hands and fingertips.
  • Fear. Of being unable to quit, of dying an untimely, painful death.
  • The stinging feeling in my lungs when I tried to take a deeper or slower breath.
  • Getting smoke in my eyes.
  • Burning my lips on the filter.
  • Trying to light short butts and feeling my eyebrows singe. Ouch!
  • Re-lighting a previously torched cigarette, so I don't "waste" any tobacco.
  • Overflowing ashtrays, ashes and dust everywhere.
  • Burn holes in my car upholstery and on my clothes.
  • "Will I fall asleep smoking?"
  • "Will I catch something on fire?"
  • Dry, chapped lips.
  • The cost. All that money wasted on ruining my health and well-being.
  • My nails and hair grew very slowly.
  • Smoking fueled my compulsiveness relating to other bad habits, such as nail-biting and binge-eating.
  • Having to reapply my lipstick after smoking.
  • The filthy taste of cheap tobacco.
  • Having to crack the car window in the pouring rain. Wet leg, wet arm, water in my eyes.
  • Tar build-up on windows and furniture.
  • The way my hair and skin smelled.
  • Limited motivation and energy.
  • Spilled tobacco in my purse, on my dresser, on my computer desk.
  • Lighting the filter end by mistake...
  • Dropping a cigarette while driving.
  • Trying to tap my ashes out the car window ... while the window is rolled up.
  • Dropping hot ashes or losing the tip of a cigarette.
  • Oops! Tapped ashes in my drink.
  • Feeling "exiled" in the smoking section/smoking room.
  • Dulled sense of taste and smell.


cerimid1 | Student

There is only 1 anwser to that: dont even start. Every thing is V. bad about it