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Smoking is a form of addiction depending on the sedative effect of nicotine on the brain and nervous system There are lots of reasons why people start smoking The main reasons are peer group pressure feeling left out while friends smoke and trying to fit in with the crowd stress at home work school trying to attract attention act cool or become popular and calm down their nerves Firstly smoking impacts almost all aspects of a persons health Smoking causes diseases like asthma and lung cancer nearly 85 percent of all cases of lung cancer in the United States are caused by smoking The lungs become coated with tar causing shortness of breath It also damages the heart arteries eyes and digestive system Not only that smoking also has negative impacts on bones and joints since it damages the construction of new bones Smoking during pregnancy damages the unborn child and also increases the chances of sudden infant death syndrome Smoking causes the premature deaths of 417 000 Americans each year As said by Dr Timothy McAfee If you bathe a fetus brain in nicotine for nine months its clear there are profound effects Secondly smoking is not only bad for health it is also a waste of money An individual spends a large sum of money on cigarettes In United States government for the tremendous health care costs to care for those badly affected with diseases caused by smoking Smokers often spend thousands of dollars a year that literally just go up in smoke Instead of wasting it on smoking they could use it on good use that will benefit them or even give out some money to charity since they have money to waste Lastly second-hand smoking is more harmful to the environment and community than first-hand Combination of exhaled smoke and smoke from burning end of a cigarette about two-thirds of the smoke enters into the environment Cigarette smoke
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