Speech About Smoking

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I step out of the Lecture Halls and I take a deep breath in – classes are done for the day and I feel free as a bird. Oh wait, I think to myself. I cannot take that deep breath in because there are four smokers crowding the exits of the building. I tell myself, wait a few more seconds and you can take that deep sigh of relief. I continue the walk back to my building through Binghamton University’s beautifully maintained campus. I begin to take a deep breath but then I hold it in because I see another group of two friends smoking. I just can’t get in that uncontaminated air that I am looking for. Again, I tell myself that in just a few more moments I can get what I am looking for – something so simple and presumably so available to everyone. …show more content…
We have all seen the gruesome television commercials that shake us in a moment of rest and relaxation. The situation has become so serious over time that even the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has voiced and expressed the concern by making a campaign called The Real Cost. It has been created in relation to the fact that across the globe, smoking causes about 6 million deaths per year – a frightening statistic (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The campaign explains that teenagers are well aware of the effects that smoking causes, and also recognizes that facts aren’t enough to get the point across; visuals are necessary. One commercial shows a girl not only wasting her money on cigarettes, but she hands a piece of her skin with the money, because she is giving up her pure skin and good health in general as well (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Undeniably, these commercials are powerful but it is likely that those who smoke cigarettes know what they are giving up. Therefore, the commercials are keeping those who do not smoke away from cigarettes but may not be affecting those who already do. Not only does smoking harm those who smoke, they harm those innocent bystanders who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to a study done by Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, secondhand smoke is dangerous and harmful for bystanders, no matter how …show more content…
Starting on our campus may be the first steps to a greater movement. Perhaps we can start by enforcing the rules of no smoking within 25 feet of a building by having student advocates against smoking sitting by the buildings, or getting the Residential Advisors involved. Even though there is a rule, it is contradicted by the fact that smoking poles and ashtrays are about five feet from buildings, such as the library. Also, a policy can be implemented stating the one place where it is okay to smoke on campus. For example, the smoking area can be somewhere in between residential halls and the learning centers, so it is a hassle for students to actually be able to smoke. This hopefully encourages the student to stop their bad habit, because of the annoyance of actually getting to the permitted area. This way, if someone who is addicted feels the need to smoke he or she will have to make the journey there – an unappealing aspect, especially when it is below zero

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