Smoking
By Hasnain Ahmad

May 18, 2009
History: Tobacco smoking is the practice where tobacco is burned and the vapors either tasted or inhaled. The practice dates to 5000 BC in shamanistic rituals. Many civilizations burnt incense during religious rituals, which was later adopted for pleasure or as a social tool. Tobacco was introduced to the old world in the late 1500s where it followed common trade routes. The substance was met with frequent criticism, but became popular nonetheless the industrialization of tobacco production compounded with increased health awareness during the late 1920s prompted a strong anti-smoking political agenda. This movement was centered in Nazi Germany.

Smoking in the modern age: Smoking is the most common method of consuming tobacco, and tobacco is the most common substance smoked. As of 2000, smoking is practiced by some 1.22 billion people, and men are more likely to smoke than women. However the gender gap declines with age, poor more likely than wealthy, and people of developing countries than those of developed countries.
Many smokers begin during adolescence or early adulthood. During the early stages, smoking provides pleasurable sensations and thus serves as a source of positive reinforcement. After an individual has smoked for many years, the avoidance of withdrawal symptoms and negative reinforcement become the key motivations.
CONSEQUENCES OF SMOKING:


HEALTH CONSEQUENCES

1. Smoking slows the growth and development of the teenage lung.
2. Causes cough and phlegm production and increases respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and infections.
3. Increases carbon monoxide in the blood which robs the blood of oxygen.
4. Decreases athletic ability.
5. Changes fat content in blood to favor early coronary heart disease.
6. Stains the lungs black.
7. Mutates lung cells and forever increases the risk of lung cancer even if you quit smoking later on (and the younger you start smoking the greater the risk).


ADDICTIVE CONSEQUENCES:

1. Addiction to nicotine can occur within a few months of use.
2. Most kids who smoke regularly are already addicted want to stop and canít.
3. Addiction is even stronger when smoking begins at an early age.


COSMETIC, SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES:

1. Smoking causes bad smelling breath, hair, hands, clothes, car and home
2. Second-hand smoke offends many people because it causes disease and it stinks.
3. Most teenagers donít smoke and donít want to be near or date kids who do.
4. At $1/pack at 1 pack/day, it costs $7/week, $28/ month and $336/year


Sources:
http://www.mededu.miami.edu/Tobacco/Teenagers.pdf
http://www.wikipedia.com


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