By: Ashley Carter, and Maggie Coon
What is tobacco?
Tobacco is the preparation of a nicotine-rich plant for chewing and smoking. It became popular in the early 18th century and has been used ever since. Smoking harms nearly every organ, but people didn't know when it was first used, and it continues to be smoked.
Peer pressure is the biggest reason people smoke. Every day, 3,200 people under 18 start smoking. They may want to fit in with the cool kids, or they have nothing else to do. But, smoking isn't cool. It can effect your life in an instant.
Burning and smoking tobacco releases about 4,000 chemicals into your lungs. Some of these are tar, carbon monoxide, and nicotine. This is why lung, heart, and other types of cancer are common in smokers. Tobacco also causes many other respiritory problems, ranging from coughing to emphysema. Your lung tissue is destroyed, and less oxygen flows through your body.
How To Stay Away
You want to avoid places you know smokers are. You can by tobacco at many different locations. Avoid people who tend to smoke or try to get you to smoke.
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