Millions of people are smokers in the United States. “In 2011, an estimated 19.0% (43.8) million United States adults were current cigarette smokers” (“Cigarette Smoking in the”). This number does not include all the underage smokers that are unaccounted. Cigarette smoking has very serious and fatal side effects. Some of these side effects include asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, COPD, and Buerger’s disease. Tobacco use is a preventable death sentence. Smokers are not only harming themselves but the people around them breathing the second-hand smoke. “Each year, about 46,000 nonsmokers in the United States die from heart disease caused by second-hand smoke” (“Cigarette Smoking in the”). This number is very high for someone that has never touched a cigarette.
Second-hand smoke is harmful to everyone that breathes it. Children should not have to risk getting cancer because parents cannot stop a disgusting habit that harms their children’s health. “An estimated 88 million nonsmokers in the United States breath other people’s tobacco smoke” (Cigarette Smoking in the”). Second-hand smoke exposure can cause severe asthma attacks, SIDS, ear infections, and respiratory infections in children. Children are smokers are more prone to sickness than children of nonsmokers are. Second-hand smoke also causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. People may not care enough about their own life to quit smoking but should care enough about the lives of their loved ones. People that breathe second-hand smoke have an increase of 20-30% increase risk for stroke, and 25-30% risk increase for getting heart disease.
Many people have trouble trying to stop smoking because of the highly addictive drug nicotine in cigarettes. “Addiction keeps people smoking even when they want to quit” (Adult Smoking in”). Nicotine has a calming effect in smokers. “Because of its highly addictive properties, smoking is considered by American Heart Association to be one of the hardest addictions to break” (Mandal). People that try to quit smoking may experience withdrawal symptoms. Some of these symptoms may be nicotine cravings, irritability, frustration, anger, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and weight gain. Many people are afraid to quit smoking for fear of gaining weight. The thing people do not realize is that there are steps they can do to prevent weight gain. These steps include exercising regularly, have plenty of healthy snacks, use sugar free gum, or candy to satisfy oral fixation, do not use alcohol, and drink plenty of water. Nicotine destroys everything it meets. Nicotine yellows teeth, fingernails, walls, ceilings, and curtains. Nicotine also turns your lungs black for tar and leaves your house, hair, and car smelling like smoke.
Many self-help programs and devices for quitting the smoking habit have become available. Smoking patches are available that...