The Harmful Effects Of Cigarettes Research

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Having a loved one go through the pain of the result of cigarette use can be very emotional and financially hardening. Although cigarette use is on the decline, still over 36.5 million Americans used them in 2015. This number is very scary considering all the research that is out about the harmful effects of this product. Experiencing someone go through an addiction that is harmful for their health is very hard to just stand by and watch. That is why we as a country need to come together and come up with a solution with this major problem that is cigarettes, that harms not only themselves but their friends and family that care for them each and every day.
Cigarettes have been around since the 1800’s when the first commercial cigarette was
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Two events that played a major role in the history of cigarettes as well was both World War I and World War II. The men fighting for our country were receiving cigarettes without cost as well. Jacobs also states that “by 1944 cigarette production was up to 300 billion a year,” which was towards the end of the second World War, and that “service men received about 75% of all cigarettes produced” (Jacobs). It was not until 1964 when the smoking industry took its first big hit from the Surgeon General. Jacobs states that the report was “about the dangers of cigarette smoking, he said that the nicotine and tar in cigarettes cause lung cancer (Jacobs). This was only the very beginning of the downfall industry, which the major companies have been continuing to try and make changes to try and not lose their …show more content…
Although we are seeing a major decline in cigarette use over the past few decades, this statistic is still nothing to be happy or proud about. Smoking cigarettes is harmful to almost every organ in the human body. Nicotine is one of the major substances that harms the brain. Many studies show that even “nicotine from cigarettes is as addictive as heroin” (smokefree.gov). Once people start to use cigarettes, it is very hard to escape the use of them. When a smoker tries to stop smoking, “the result is nicotine withdrawal,” which will leave them feeling “anxious, irritable, and have strong cravings for nicotine” (smokefree.gov). One of the very harmful effects of smoking is lung cancer. Lung cancer is the most lethal cancer for both men and women in the United States. Up to 90 percent of all lung cancer diagnosis are the result of cigarette smoking. For example, “between 2005 and 2010, an average of 130,659 Americans (74,300 men and 56,359 women) died of smoking-attributable lung cancer each year” (Lung.org). Even if you are not

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