This is a series that I broke down into three parts and I'm re-posting here.
I've had my fair share of experimenting with smoking too, although I started out old enough and working, but compared to the generations before me, people addicted to smoking have started younger than high school. When I was in my teens, I used to be scared to even experiment despite the coercion of those rebellious enough to get acquainted with a cigarette stick, those whom people often label as sluts. Overtime, I noticed the trend as advertisements on TV and print ads emulate glamour and sophistication. And it has become a norm and convinced people, young and old alike to believe that smoking is cool, help them keep their weights at bay, be accepted by the crowd, etc.
Is smoking pleasurable enough to risk your health that you are swayed by the current norm?
Sadly, this habit starts in the family too, if anyone in the family smokes, they are likely to pass it on and the youngsters adapt to this habit because of psychological influences as a friend commented. This proves that action speaks louder than words. Just because you don't smoke meant that you're uncool, boring and neither does a victim of second-hand smoke. This was told me by another friend who just can't help her addiction; the carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas inhaled by an unsuspecting person, may not be aware that they are being poisoned. That's another thought for the meaning of "killing me softly." Every smoke you inhale is costing you four minutes of your life. You do the math.
- Cigarette contains tar and other harmful substance that can cause cancer, smoking is highly addictive, and harmful to the respiratory system and general health.
- Carbon monoxide released from puffing a cigarette, pollutes the air we breathe on and carbon monoxide is extremely poisonous gas.
- Nicotine, a tar that forms in your lungs, also increases the production of stomach acids that causes ulcers.
- Another reason why you need to stay away from smoking is that it will make you ugly than cool; it gives you stained teeth, bad breath, a smelly hair and clothes which is a turn off to most people.
People who are addicted to smoking may have difficulty in quitting. For some, a cigarette fix help them evade stress and it takes their mind off things. A friend of mine tried chewing gum, drinking a glass of water, have a candy or try some exercises to help herself from smoking a stick of cigarette.
To my young readers, smoking causes irreversible damage so think twice before experimenting.
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