Tobacco effects on Family Life

By: Maddie Port and Maanasa Chinnakonda

Intro

How would you feel if your mother was addicted to cigarettes and because of it, she was hospitalized. She had big plans for her future and you were a major part of it. The family was going to go on a vacation to California this coming summer and now she will never get to.

Don't Let Tobacco Tear Your Family Apart

Background on Mom(Carol)

She was a straight A student throughout all of her schooling until she turned 18 and began to smoke. Her GPA then dropped to a C because of the strong addiction she had to cigarettes. This addiction caused her to be easily distracted in class due to her strong want for nicotine. She was constantly asking to be dismissed from class so that she could get her fix of nicotine. The teachers began to worry about her, wondering why her grades were suddenly dropping. Carol went to college to get a bachelor's degree in business and she ended up never getting it. She dropped out of college to start a family. Two short years later, she got married and found out that she was pregnant and shouldn't smoke during this time. Her due date came about quickly and she was asked if she had smoked or used alcohol during that time. Carol answered dishonestly, saying that she had stopped due to her pregnancy. The doctor checked up on the baby and saw that there was a problem.


(Doctor)"Ma'am there seems to be a problem. I hate to say it, but I don't think your baby is going to make it through the birth."


(Mom)"Doctor, why?! This can't be right!"

(Doctor)"It seems to have been an effect of nicotine. Ma'am have you been smoking?"

(Mom)"Yes doctor, I'm very sorry please just find a way to save my baby! Please."

(Doctor)"She's gone Ma'am. I'm sorry, there was nothing we could do."

Carol's baby died during birth with Carol following shortly after.

Reasons Why Smoking is Lethal:

  • There are over 600 deadly additives used in each cigarette. Some of these are: Rat poisoning, tar, nail polish remover, and many others.
  • Smoking kills more than 480,000 people per year, many of which could be mothers. No one wants to lose their mom or their baby sibling, especially not to the lethal cigarette addiction.
  • Each day, more than 1,000 kids pick up a cigarette.
  • The majority of daily smokers today started smoking before they were 18 years old.
  • Most people start smoking because of: parents, peer pressure, advertising, etc.
  • Secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 deaths per year.
  • Don't let smoking puff away your future.