Ban Smoking Essay

777 Words Apr 25th, 2012 4 Pages
Who is the most vulnerable to the cigarette marketing ads? Kids and teens are by far the most vulnerable. Especially vulnerable are those children who have low self-esteem, low academic achievement, no goals and low social status. Kids with these problems are more likely to be prone to give in to the pressures of siblings, peers and the media. To try to discourage teens from beginning the habit, most states have raised the taxes on cigarettes. Some, such as the District of Columbia have raised it to a high of 25 cents per pack.5 On the other hand, the states where smoking is a major cash crop such as Kentucky and Tennessee, only have a tax of 2.5 cents per pack, so they don t discourage kids from buying.6
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Nicotine damages your brain right after you first smoke by opening up the receptors in it. When you sleep at night the Nicotine level drops very low and that is the reason people usually reach for a cigarette right after they wake up.
What are the risks of smoking? Smoking has two kinds of effects, long term and short-term effects. The short term effects happen after a few years of smoking and usually are coughing, wheezing, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, phlegm production, bad breath, decreased physical fitness and reduced lung function. Although those may not seem bad or even noticeable at the time they are nothing compared to the long-term effects. The long-term effects, which happen after years and years of smoking, include Emphysema, heart disease, pregnancy complications; facial wrinkles and the well know disease Cancer. The different forms of Cancer caused by smoking are very large. Although you may not receive all of them, you are at risk to all of them. Fourteen percent more actually.10 The forms are lung, pancreatic, cervix, larynx, mouth, esophagus, bladder, kidney and an increased chance of breast cancer. Smoking is also extremely harmful to an unborn fetus in its mother. The drug enters the mother s blood stream, which is then passed on to the baby s blood after it crosses over the placenta. The effects of the drug infecting the baby are lessened weight at birth, increased chances of

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