Effects Of Smoking In Society

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Smoking Downfall in Society & How it can be Solved

Introduction
Autonomy is a principle stating that people should be able to make their own decisions; whether right or wrong, people have the right to do this. Smoking, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is the leading cause of preventable death in the world and yet the word ‘preventable’ can be oblivious to people at the best of time or can be just as easily ignored. It could be argued that smoking reduces stress, supresses the appetite and helps other problems but in actual fact, this argument wouldn’t win because the scientific evidence is there to support that smoking has harmful effects on the health of people, including death. Due to the fact that people are autonomous,
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As mentioned already, people can make their own decisions about whether or not they want to smoke but who is protecting the people that choose not to succumb to health problems associated with smoking? Although the government has banned smoking in public facilities, there are still people smoking up and down the streets, waiting for the bus and even smoking in the home. Smokers don’t understand the risk they put everyone else in majority of the time. Second hand smoke, also called environmental tobacco smoke, is a combination of mainstream smoke and side-stream smoke. Mainstream is the smoke inhaled by the smoker and exhaled back out into the air and side-stream is the smoke from the burning end of the cigarette, which is in actual fact more dangerous that mainstream smoke. Smokers actually only inhale 15% of the smoke and thus, 85% of it is in the air. Passive smokers are just as much, if not more, at harm of smoking health effects as …show more content…
The nicotine invisible patch is the most commonly used of these products and come in three doses, 25mg, 15mg and 10mg. It is advised to start at the highest when initially quitting smoking and over time, reduce the dosage patch, so the smoker can eventually give it up completely and is non-reliant on nicotine. The nicotine is slowly released into the body over a 16 hour period, so the cravings for a cigarette won’t happen. These products are available in most pharmacies around Ireland. The FDA, however, insists that you not use the product if you are still smoking or relapse as this would have side

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