Have your parents ever told you that smoking is bad for you? This is a paper about smoking. Why people do it and what it does to their body. Some people think that smoking is fun, and what is “in” right now. Is what they may not know is that smoking is a bad habit that may be hard to just quit anytime you wanted to. Some teenagers may do it because their parents and their friends do it. But why did their parents start smoking. Maybe it was because their parents did it, or maybe because their hero or their favorite band smoked. If your parents didn't start smoking when they were teenagers maybe they started smoking because they were stressed at work, or at home.
Did you know that 188,900 (16.8 %) adults in Idaho smoke, and 12,200 (14 %) high school students smoke? So all together that is 201,100 people that smoke in Idaho. So if there is that many people smoking there are 61,000 children that are exposed to secondhand smoking. So between all these people that are smoking and being exposed, there are $294,000,000 annual health care cost in Idaho directly caused by smoking and being exposed. So how much does and average smoker spend after a certain amount of years to buy cigarettes? Well by the end of age 16 they have already spent $775 and by the end of age 65 they have spent $1,860,958. Wow that is a lot of money that you could have spent on something else show for.
Did you know that smoking increases the risk of death and illness from a wide variety of diseases? In the U.S. there are around 350,000 deaths due to smoking. There are many risks that are increased because of smoking. There is lung cancer, which is increased by 50 to 100 % for each smoke you have a day. There is also heart disease. Heart disease increases roughly by 100 % for each pack you smoke a day. Did you know that smokers spend 27 % more time in the hospital, and more than twice as much time in an intensive care unit as a nonsmoker?
The question many people ask is, “How does smoking affect your lungs”? When you smoke the cilia gets destroyed from the tar. When your cilia is no longer working, dirt-filled mucus slides down your lungs and covers the airways, which causes the air to not be able to get in or out properly. That is why you end up getting the “smokers”cough. When you smoke you are enlarging the cells and producing mucus in your lungs and airways. The amount of mucus increases, and the mucus thickens, and when that happens, it make it harder for you to breath. What it does to your brain isn't much of a different story. You see your brain controls your thinking, your feelings, and your mood. The nicotine in a cigarette is absorbed by the lungs and quickly moves to the bloodstream, where it then goes to the brain, and when it gets to your brain there is a chance that your mood swings will change. Did you know that nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds after inhaling and remains active for 20 to 40 minutes. When nicotine enters the bloodstream, the adrenal glands are immediately stimulated to release adrenaline. When this happens, you blood thickens and clots, which increases blood pressure, respiration and heart rate.