Persuasive Speech Essay Anti Smoking Campaign
Persuasive speech essay against cigarette smoking
Attention getter: “Cigarettes kill more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined.” ( www.cancer.org) Are you killing yourself?
Credibility: Cigarette smoking affects my life. Other than the dangers of inhaling second hand smoke daily, my loved ones are consumed by this addiction. My father, my boyfriend, and my best friend are all cigarette smokers. For as long as I can remember I’ve known about the dangers of smoking and so have they. But does this stop them? Of course not, because they are addicted. Like many others they choose not to face reality and ignore the facts. Cigarettes kill. For those of you who are also addicted or maybe know someone who is I would like to share with you some valuable information I have gathered on the dangers of smoking.
Thesis: Smoking cigarettes will kill you, but it is never too late to quit.
Restatement and Division: Everyone should be aware of the dangers of smoking. If you are a smoker or would like to help someone who is you should first review the facts and statistics proving how harmful cigarettes are. You should learn about the history of this product and what makes it so addicting. Finally you should make a plan to quit. It is never too late to stop smoking.
1. Each year about 438,000 people die in the U.S. from tobacco use. Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 44.5 million U.S. adults are currently smokers. This is more than one out of five people. In a classroom here of about 25 this means only five of you are smokers. I’m willing to bet there are more of you than that. Now, I’m not here to judge or nag. I simply want to inform you of the dangers this can cause, and of the ways to escape them.
According to the website www.cancer.org cigarette smoking accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths. It is a major cause of cancers of the lung, larynx, oral cavity, pharynx, and esophagus. It is also a contributing cause of the developments of cancers of the bladder, pancreas, cervix, kidney, stomach, and leukemia. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women and is one of the most difficult to treat. About half of all Americans who smoke will die because of the habit. The other half will still be affected by major health problems including heart disease, aneurysms, bronchitis, emphysema, stroke, pneumonia, and asthma. In 2000 about 8.6 million people were suffering a chronic disease due to current or former smoking. Based on data collected from the years 1995-1999 the CDC estimated that adult male smokers lost an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers lost 14.5 years because of smoking. Are these years that you are willing to give up? I wouldn’t.
2. Here is a quote from Geoffrey Bible, CEO of Phillip Morris, “I don’t think I’d set money above public health. But I have responsibilities to employees, stockholders, to the community. Generally I would say they’re all equally important.” This shows that the makers of cigarettes openly state that public health is not their concern. This is obvious I know, but I thought the quote was some what amusing. I visited the Phillip Morris web site to read about their take on the history of tobacco and of the process of cigarette making. They tell the story as though it were a proud part of American history. It reads “For the settlers it was used to pay salaries and secure goods and services, today it is America’s seventh largest cash crop with exports contributing billions of dollars to the U.S. balance of trade.” So now I see why this deathly substance is still legal. There are hundreds of added ingredients besides the tobacco leaves that are added to cigarettes to make the smoking experience more enjoyable. Among these are 60 compounds of known carcinogens also known as cancer causing agents and 200 known poisons says the website www.quit-smoking-zyban.com. Unsurprisingly manufacturers such as Phillip Morris do not provide the public with information about the amount of additives used in cigarettes. They only mention the types of tobacco leaves involved. In 1998 the total revenue for Phillip Morris was 42.7 billion dollars.
In 1988, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are addicting. Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction. And that the pharmacologic and behavioral processes that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine. This is why it is so difficult for smokers to quit. According to www.cancer.gov, although 70% of smokers want to quit and 35 % attempt to quit each year, fewer than 5 % succeed. The low rate of successful quitting are due to the affects of nicotine addiction.
3. It is never too late to quit smoking. Although it is an unimaginably difficult process it is not an impossible one. There are many benefits to quitting. Those who quit smoking before the age of 50 have one-half the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared with continuing smokers. The risk of having lung cancer and other cancers can be reduced by quitting smoking. People who stop smoking at younger ages experience the greatest health benefits from quitting, but again it is never too late. Here are some helpful tips to aid the quitting process taken from the quit smoking website. Keep yourself busy, those parts of your body used in smoking are physiologically linked to cravings. Keep your hands busy by knitting, playing video games, or bouncing a ball. Keep your mouth busy by chewing gum, or eating lollipops. Set a quitting date. Avoid smoke. Keep away from places where smoking is permitted. Join a support group. An online support group such as the stop smoking center can be found at www.stopsmokingcenter.net, here you can talk with others going through the same difficult situation, find helpful tips on quitting, and motivate yourself to stay cigarette free by helping others. On the website www.quit-smoking-reviews.com I read about the top three quit smoking aids on the market. Number one on their site was Nicocure an all natural supplement with a 93% success rate. It is sold at the reasonable price of 49.95. Results are seen in 9 to 12 days. The second listed aid was Final Smoke a supplement that includes an herbal formula to help deal with potential weight loss, an audio cd, and a lung cleanser formula. This one is a little more expensive at 99.95. Results are seen in 3 to 5 weeks. And finally the third quit smoking aid I read about is NutraQuit, which uses very high quality ingredients that aid in the serious task of breaking nicotine addiction. It comes with calming capsules, therapy patches, and regeneration capsules. This supplement is the most costly at 144.99 with a 90% success rate. Results are seen in 3 to 5 weeks. Finally the last treatment in the fight to quit smoking would be hypnosis. According to New Scientist magazine the success rate of those who use hypnosis is higher than any other quit smoking method offered. The most effective being single session hypnosis, the second being cassette tapes with hypnotic suggestion, and third being exercise and breathing therapy. Whichever method chosen in the effort to stop smoking and finally kick the habit is a good one, and one that hopefully leads you or your loved on to success.
Conclusion: The fight against cigarette addiction can be won. It is time to stop the unnecessary deaths of millions. Hopefully this information affected you in some way today to either think twice before lighting up again, or maybe you will tell your loved ones how much you care about their health. Either way I’ll be happy knowing my message was heard.