What are the advantages and disadvantages of smoking?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of smoking?


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The disadvantages of smoking are numerous. Simply inhaling smoke and chemicals into your lungs is terrible for your health. Smoking has negative health effects on numerous parts and systems in your body, including the respiratory system (mainly the lungs), circulatory system, throat, trachea, mouth, and teeth. Different diseases and illnesses that become more likely as a result of smoking include emphysema, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cancer, strokes, and asthma. Additionally, smoking will damage and discolor your teeth, is bad for your skin, and keeps getting more expensive. To top it all off, the nicotine in tobacco is highly additive; if you start, it will be difficult to stop.

I cannot think of any advantages at all to smoking. It used to be seen among teens and younger people as "cool" to smoke, but I think that attitude is finally starting to fade as pretty much every facet of society in North America has been thoroughly educated on the risks and disadvantages of smoking. It wouldn't surprise me at all if smoking were effectively eliminated from North American society at some point in my lifetime not through legislation, but through high tobacco taxation and changing social attitudes.

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