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One of the most popular habits in todays society is smoking Yet each year cigarette smoking kills more Americans than AIDS alcohol car accidents homicides suicides illegal drugs and fires combined Smoking is an extremely bad pastime practiced for centuries for an individuals health and those surrounding himher People start for many different reasons and get addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes Smoking cause many fatal diseases but help is available to those who seek it Cigarette smoking is a disgusting and unhealthy habit History of Smoking Smoking is defined as the action of inhaling tobacco from a pipe cigar or cigarette It has been practiced for 100s of years including by early North-American natives Europeans had introduced it into the Old World by the early 16th century Petrakis It was continually practiced since then throughout the world with tobacco companies arising and packaged cigarettes soon available Smokers would praise it for medicinal reasons and also claimed smoking to be pleasurable Smokers had no knowledge of cigarette smokes harm to their health until 1964 when the surgeon general of the US Public Health Service concluded that smoking was hazardous to an individuals health and soon after it was discovered that second-hand smoke was also hazardous to the health of surrounding non-smokers inhaling it Reasons Why People Smoke There are many reasons why people begin smoking One of which is insecurity In an uncertain situation in which a person is not comfortable with their individuality and not confident with themselves if there are smokers around then that person may be tempted to take up smoking It might be because they would like to fit in with an unknown group of people or someone may take it up based on a new friends or girlboyfriends influences Another reason why people take up smoking is because of peer pressure leading to a quick physical addiction One ingredient in cigarettes is nicotine and it is extremely addictive
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