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The Human Body and the Affects of Smoking

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Negative Effects of Smoking

Today I am going to talk about the negative effects of smoking.

Do you know, more than 4 lac people in US die every year because of smoking?

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Some of us may not care about it because they do not smoke. But in reality smoke from cigarettes can affect the non-smokers too. As the smoke can get into your lungs through your surrounding and can damage your lungs.

Now let’s talk about smoking. It is basically the inhalation and exhalation of fumes that are produced by burning tobacco in cigarettes, cigars and or pipes. No matter, what type of tobacco you use or how you smoke it, it is dangerous to your health because it can increase the risk of heart attack, lung cancer or brain stroke. It can also reduce your sense of smell and taste, and also reduce your ability to see.

Let’s talk about them one by one. First it can dangerously affect your brain.Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, that can reach your brain within 20 seconds.Basically,what happens is that the nicotine binds to adrenal medulla which increases the secretion of adrenaline. Increased secretion of adrenaline increases your blood pressure and rate of respiration which eventually leads to heart and blood pressure problems. Also, it blocks the arteries that supply blood to the brain that can increase the risk of stroke.The occurrence of stroke is 1.5 times more prevalent in smokers compared to the non- smokers. But don’t forget, Your brain is connected to your heart and lungs too. Carbon monoxide and nicotine both make your heart work faster than the normal pace which can damage your heart muscles.

Second, smoking can also affect your sense of smell, taste and even vision. This reminds me of a lady, named Terrie. She started smoking at the age of 25. At the age of 40, she was diagnosed with throat cancer. And doctors have to remove her voice box. After that she could not sing lullabies to her grandchildren. She could not even recognize her relatives because of poor vision. On top of that, she was unable to smell the fragrance of baking cake or any flower. In other words, her life became dull like a blank, old paper. She died at the age of 53, but Doctors say that she could have lived more if she was a non-smoker. Would any of you like to die early? Would any of you want to suffer like her? … Probably not.

But smoking is more common in teenagers. I personally feel very sad about the teenagers because they feel that they look cool when they smoke but actually they look uneducated because they are harming themselves even though they are aware of the risks associated with it. Other reason why they smoke is that they are influenced by their peers or friends. They start to smoke if their friends are smokers as society has the power to mold a man. Some teenagers smoke because their parents are smokers. There are endless causes why teenagers smoke but the question is “Is it possible to quit smoking?” The answer is YES. As Loni Anderson said: “You’re always better off if you quit smoking; it’s never too late”. It can be done with a little bit of effort”.

  • First, prepare your mind to actually quit it.
  • Consult your doctor.
  • The time you smoke or in your spare times engage yourself in other activities such as reading a book, or enjoy company of your good friends (who do not smoke), or go to nearby parks.

After actually quitting smoking, you are ready to spend a long healthy life again!

Now at the end of my speech, I want you all to make commitment with yourself that you will save at least one person from dying early because of smoking. And also, I want you all to stand with me to create a smoke-free world!

Thank you


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