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Tobacco is used all over the world for centuries It can be ingested many different ways chewing sniffing and smoking Today cigarette smokers consume the most tobacco Cigarettes account for nearly 17 percent of all deaths in the United States annually Balch485 Cigarette smoking continues to be a major health problem in the United States Recent studies indicate that smoking has cause many health problems such as lung cancer and coronary heart disease Moreover it has become a social problem Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco Nicotine acts as a stimulant in the central nervous system in our body For example when we consume it the adrenaline production increases and elevates the blood pressure and heart rate Balch485 Many smokers have great difficulty trying to quit smoking for a variety of reasons They claim smoking produces a sense of relaxation Also others enjoy smoking because they believe it reduces their stress level For example many employees working in fast-paced corporations like to take cigarette breaks during their hectic work days Some people believe smoking helps them maintain or lose weight Today many teenagers are also smoking They smoke on school campus and at bus stop Most teenagers report that they started smoking since the age of 12-15 Some stared to smoking out of curiosity and due to peer pressure They view smoking as cool and a way to fit in with their friends A study on 365 students in the New Haven area found that students who smoked from1-5 years begin feeling symptoms of extreme persistent coughing and a shortness of breath Krogh 63 But these teenagers suffer from the same problems as the adults Smoking is the major cause of lung cancer in men The statistics are lower for women with lung cancer The risks of developing lung cancer increases with the number of cigarettes consume each day Health Service 59 Another major health hazard caused by smoking
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