The Dangers And Effects Of Smoking Cigarettes

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Smoking cigarettes is a way many people cope with the stress of everyday life. While many people started smoking for this very reason, many others began through the temptation of pure pressure. Cigarettes give the ability to deal with stress for many people; but what is the risk? It is not an unknown fact that smoking cigarettes is dangerously connected to various types of cancer such as lung cancer. For many people, it has become an extremely difficult task to quit smoking even while being aware of the dangers it brings to a person’s body. If it is a struggle to get many of the current smokers to quit smoking, why not take the focus back to when most people began to smoke their first cigarette? The current age in the United States to smoke …show more content…
Many people who begin their first cigarette at the age of eighteen or even younger are probably not as aware of the many risks that cigarettes cause. For example, somebody who smokes their first cigarette at the age of 18 or younger probably aren’t aware that smoking cigarettes provokes 6 million premature deaths worldwide. For teenagers and sometimes adults, cigarettes can be considered a gateway drug to others such as alcohol or even cocaine use (tobacco21). The age for consuming alcohol is already 21. With the use of cigarettes, it can lead to consuming alcohol while still being under aged. This event could lead to an even further development in drugs than just smoking cigarettes. According to a campaign done by Tobacco-Free Kids, the percentage of nationwide high schoolers that use tobacco products is 15.1 percent. It is believed that many of the high schoolers in this percentage know more eighteen year olds than twenty one year olds. Because of this, it increases the amount of even under aged smokers by having someone that is at least eighteen years of age obtain …show more content…
Typically, around the beginning or end of high school. According to CounterTobacco.org, 80% of smokers you see in everyday life smoked a cigarette before the age of 18. Although it would be impossible to one hundred percent guarantee that under aged smoking will no longer be a factor in society, by turning the legal age to 21, any supplier who distributes cigarettes to underage people (typically barely above the current legal age), would have difficulty obtaining them there self. In 2005, in Needham, Massachusetts, a law was placed to increase the legal age of purchasing tobacco products to the age of 21. As a result of this law, smoking rates in that particular area decreased by about 42%. Even with the potential that many of the people there could have been under aged smokers, this goes to show that even the problem of underage smoking has the ability to be gradually decreased by raising the legal age by a mere 3

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