You’re at a friends house, and they start smoking a cigarette. They offer you one. Thinking nothing of it, that one isn’t that bad, you say yes. Next thing you know you’re buying a pack yourself. Now you’re addicted, harming your health, and don’t remember how it all started.
The nicotine that is naturally in tobacco, (one of the main ingredients in cigarettes), is one of the key reasons they are so addictive. Why? Nicotine, when smoked, goes to your brain. It gives you temporary relief of stress and relaxation and makes you feel good for a little while. When this “high” diminishes, it causes you to want to have another. “Behavioral characteristics that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine.” (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/QuitSmoking/QuittingSmoking/Why-is-it-so-hard-to-quit_UCM_324053_Article.jsp )
Smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, and firearm-related incidents combined.
One of the many downfalls to cigarettes is the chemicals components they have. Actually, 4,000 to be exact, and 250 of them are dangerous to humans.
Here are some of them:
“Arsenic” which is used to preserve wood. In humans it can cause heart disease and cancer.
“Benzene” which is used to manufacture other chemicals. It can cause cancer, particularly leukemia, in humans.
“Cadmium” which is a metal used to make batteries. Cadmium can interfere with the repair of damaged DNA, as well as damage the kidneys and the lining of the arteries.” (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/QuitSmoking/QuittingSmoking/Smoking-Do-you-really-know-the-risks_UCM_322718_Article.jsp)
Smoking doesn’t only affect you. It also physically affects the people around you in a harmful way. “Environmental tobacco smoke causes about 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 lung cancer deaths. Studies show that the risk of developing heart...