The Effects of Smoking

Can smoking kill you?

Why does one smoke?

There are numerous reasons why one would smoke. A person from our society could be pressured by their peers to smoke, or maybe they just wanted to "try smoking". Some of us think that smoking is a way to "get popular" faster. Well, I can tell you,that not only does smoking harm you, It also harms others as well.

Smoking is good for you, right?

No, Smoking is not “all right” in any way, shape or form. Smoking is a way to die faster. Most smokers only smoke for the nicotine contained within cigars and cigarettes. Nicotine is a stimulant in small doses, but when inhaled in large quantities hinders the use of skeletal muscle cells and nerves that act on reflex.

Smoking statistics

In the U.S approximately 320,000 people die from the usage of cigarettes and cigars every year (Ward 16). It is a proven fact that there are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, and most of them can wreck havoc within the human body (Stewart 8). If don't smoke, not only does it lower your risk of developing cancer it also reduces the health problems created by smoking.

The effects of smoking on your body

This is a youtube video of how smoking effects the body

Risks of smoking

There are numerous negative effects to smoking. In fact it is proven through scientific observation that if you are a regular smoker, you may be 250 times more likely to be killed by the effects of smoking before you reach the age of 65 than you are to be murdered (Ward 17). It is also proven that smokers are 25 times more likely to develop cancer than non-smokers (Ward 12).

What is nicotine?

Nicotine is a poisonous substance that is found in tobacco leaves (Landau 54). Nicotine is the main reason in why cigarettes are addictive to the unlucky individuals who “try out “ smoking. And most people know that smoking excessively leads to death. The only way to avoid death by smoking is to not smoke at all.

SMOking only harms me, Right?

No, When you smoke not only do you harm yourself, you harm others as well. About 3,000 non-smokers die each year from lung cancer caused by second-hand smoke from cigarettes ("smoking") . So, only are you harming yourself by smoking, you're also increasing other people's chance of lung cancer.

Can one ever stop smoking?

Two reasons why one would smoke could be if they were pressured by their peers, or if they were pressured by their own curiosity. You may be asking yourself if I am smoking how do I stop, the thing is if you are already smoking you will never stop smoking unless you do everything in your power to stop now. You can NEVER "try smoking", if you smoke once you will be so addicted to smoking that you may never stop. The only way to lower your chances of obtaining lung cancer is not to smoke. Remember only you can prevent your self from smoking.

WOrks cited




Landau, Elaine. Cigarettes. New York: F. Watts, 2003. Print.

"Smoking and Cancer." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Jan. 2014. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.

Stewart, Gail B. Smoking. San Diego, CA: Kidhaven, 2003. Print.

Ward, Brian R. Smoking and Health. London: F. Watts, 1986. Print.