Secondhand Smoke Essay

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Do you know anyone who smokes? Every one of us probably has a friend, relative or co-worker who smokes. These people have chosen to smoke, but did you know that by just being around them you are also smoking even if you haven't made that choice? Did you know that various studies have shown that 400,000 people die each year from disease related to smoking? That's an estimate of eight thousands Americans per week! What's more shocking is the fact that 12,000 of 400,000 are killed from second hand smoking. (http://www.ash.org.uk/)Looking way back in history, James D. Torr said that since the late 1400's when Christopher Columbus took his first steps onto a New World, American Indians introduced ...view middle of the document...

(Smoking pg. 11) Comparing it to year 2000 we can see that adults started quitting because the percentage has declined to 24 percent of adult smoking. (Smoking pg. 11)Despite the risks and consequences, there are still millions of people who continue to smoke around the world. Why? Smoking is a bad habit and not an addiction. People make a conscious choice whether to smoke or not to smoke. Doctors, however, categorize smoking as an addiction. Why? Well if you think about it people who try to quit but in reality they don't, so they blame the nicotine for their inability to quit smoking instead of blaming themselves for their own lack of will power. This benefits psychiatrists because smokers seek therapy thinking it will help them to quit. Pharmaceutical companies develop and make nicotine patches and other devices to "cure" the addiction and then making more money out from the people who have become dependant on cigarettes.Did you know as a nonsmoker you breathe in the same toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke as the smokers do? According to Daniel McMillan and James D. Torr, second hand smoke, the smoke that nonsmoker breathe, affect the passive smoker. The smoke contains over 400,000 toxic chemicals. More than 40 are known or suspected carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). There is no safer level of exposure to the second hand smoke, any potentially toxic gases are present in higher concentrations in side stream smoke (smoke that comes directly from a lighted cigarette, pipe, or cigar) than in mainstream smoke (smoke that is exhaled by a smoker) and nearly 85% of the smoke in a room results from side stream smoke. ("Teen Smoking: Understanding the Risk' and...

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