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For decades cigarette companies in America have claimed millions of lives and continue doing so Smoking cigarettes causes cancer in the mouth lung esophagus kidney pancreas bladder and heart disease Even though clearly stated on the cigarette packs Surgeon Generals Warning Smoking causes lung cancer heart disease emphysema and may complicate pregnancy yet billions of people still ignore the warning and light up Smoking cigarettes creates an image making the individual look cool sophisticated and tough This image is sold in advertising and hooks millions Smoking cigarettes looks cool For instancethe majority of the kids who smoke are some way or another pressured by their friends who smoke Smoking is just another way of making friends and hanging-out with the in-group Many times advertising focuses on looking cool Take for example the Joe Camel billboards we were so use to seeing in New York and elsewhere What Joe Camel did was totally desensitize the kids by being a cool cartoon character And when the kids saw his cool leather jacket and sunglassesthe kids copied Joe Camel The kids point of view is if Joe Camel smokes cigarettes and nothings wrong with him then the kid will start smoking too Another misconception is that cigarettes make the smokers look sophisticated Teenagers look up to successful adults and imitate them For example the adult is good looking making good money drives a nice car and smokes cigarettes he or she looks sophisticated I believe being sophisticated means having power status and wealth Smoking cigarettes is not sophistication its suffocation Many commercials use to show affluent well dressed people at a party talking intelligently and smoking I have no idea how cigarettes are supposed to make an individual look sophisticated When I see a person smoking I dont think much of it because its an everyday thing For years we have been watching tough guys like Clint Eastwood Robert Dinero Marlene Brando and many
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