Analysis of Peter Brimelow's Thank You for Smoking? Essay

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Analysis of Peter Brimelow's Thank You for Smoking

Growing up with a best friend who has been smoking since middle school, I have seen many of the negative effects it has on a person. Football was a passion and way of life for Andy; however, smoking caused him to struggle with breathing while running up and down the field. He would cut down on his daily amount of cigarettes before and during the season, but cutting down was little help for him. Not only was his breathing affected by smoking, but he also had yellow teeth, smoker’s cough, and would get “the shakes” when in need of a smoke.

The essay “Thank You for Smoking,” written by Peter Brimelow, is far from an influential essay on why people should smoke. Through this
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Examples such as throat and lung cancer are given in this article of ways in which smoking can kill you. After reading a sentence like that, I can “hardly hold myself back” from going and lighting up, yet many people still decide to.

The diseases mentioned above from Brimelow’s essay, which are claimed to be “subtler health rewards” of smoking sound almost too good to be true. So Brimelow is saying if I chose to smoke, I would be less likely to develop these illnesses? Just a few examples of “non-lethal” illnesses caused by smoking include back pain, depression, loss of hearing, influenza, tooth loss, and stomach ulcers (Action On). Smoking can also have an affect on how systems in your body function. A few systems that are affected include loss of fertility, a lowered sperm count, and an impaired immune system (Action On). Anyone can suffer from the common cold and pneumonia; however, smokers are at in increased risk for such, along with these being more persistent in them (Action On). Brimelow mentions in his essay, “The Surgeon General has indeed determined that smoking is dangerous to your health,” (Brimelow 141). A sentence such as this seems to be illogically used in Brimelow’s essay considering his efforts in this article are to prove smoking to be beneficial to your health.


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