A Smokers Pleasure Essay

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A Smokers PleasureHave you ever seen a smoker taking a long drag on that needed cigarette at the end of the day? Slowly inhaling, letting the smoke travel down their windpipe, they begin to feel the momentary pleasure of nicotine. With each drag their addiction is fed; however, along with each of these drags, is the need for another, thus furthering the addiction. As their lungs are filling with carbon monoxide their bloodstream is carrying nicotine throughout their body and to their heart and brain. Slowly giving pleasure and relieving stress. However, one must realize that the pleasure derived from smoking is only temporary, but the long lasting side effects are permanent and sometimes ...view middle of the document...

This causes the bronchi to become weakened, which opens the smoker up for numerous bronchial infections, such as emphysema (How Smoking Affects Your Body).Along with the lungs, many organs in one's body are negatively affected by smoking. It causes increased acid secretion in the stomach, leading to the development of ulcers in its fragile walls and those of the duodenum (Effects of Smoking on the Body)(How Smoking Affects Your Body). The kidneys' ability to process fluids and wastes is reduced, slowing the formation of urine. This may lead to eventual failure and cancer of the kidney, which may in turn lead to cancer of the Bladder (Effects of Smoking on the Body). The internal abdominal pelvic organs are not the only ones affected.The organs of the skeleton, the bones, are affected badly by smoking. It increases the risk of the early onset of Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is "a condition that is characterized by the decrease in bone mass with decreased density and enlargement of bone spaces producing porosity and fragility and mineral metabolism" (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary). This weakens the bones and causes an increased chance for fractures. If a bone is broken, smoking may cause the fracture to have a slower healing time (Effects of Smoking on the Body).The reproductive system is negatively affected by smoking. It may reduce a man's sex drive, and it may increase the risk of impotence. In women, there is an increased risk of cervical cancer, and of the early onset of menopause. If a woman smokes while pregnant, the negative effects upon the child have the ability to be either very slight or extremely severe. Smoking may cause impairment of the child's growth and intellect, and it could stunt their emotional development. Smoking increases the chance of many different pregnancy complications, such as bleeding, premature delivery, or even miscarriage (Effects of Smoking on the Body).Heart disease, emphysema, and stroke are some of the physical effects of smoking of the body. However, the mental and sub-conscious effects can be just as damaging. The nervous system and brain are greatly affected by smoking. Nicotine causes the sex drive of both men and women to be reduced, hunger depression, and the reduction of anxiety and pain (Effects of Smoking on the Body). Because smoking reduces anxiety and pain, people continue to smoke, becoming addicted.With each day of the addiction to nicotine, it becomes harder to quit and if a smoker tries to quit, the withdrawal symptoms are more severe. "One may experience irritability, difficulty concentrating, insomnia and depression" (SMOKING). These effests can begin within a few hours of a smoker's last cigarette; they may peak within two to three days, and can last for weeks or even months. One may begin to eat more and gain a considerable amount of weight. However, if a smoker is truly dedicated to quitting they work through the withdrawal with the necessary willpower one must have to quit...

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