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#1Tobacco is mostly used as a way of comfort. It is one of the most dangerous things health wise. Helman states that there are over 60 carcinogenic chemicals in cigarettes. Cigarette smoking plays a major role in a patient’s daily activities. People tend to start smoking cigarettes to fit in or deal with a suffering. Studies show that a high rate of male smokers is associated a drop in economic status, divorce, or separation. Smoking rates in women were higher if the women worked outside the home. In teenagers, most stated they smoked to fit in. They used it to state what kind of image they wanted for themselves, others said they liked the effects it gave them. Most people do not see the harm in smoking because it is considered legal. Soto did a study on the American Indian culture in California. A surveyed was used to see if historical trauma, stressful events, or ethnic identity played a role in why they smoked. This survey showed a positive association with smoking. Once again, they were using tobacco as way to cope with trauma. I think that some people also start smoking due to the crowd they hang around.  It seems that smoking is passed down from generations. I personally have never tried a cigarette or smoked anything for that matter. I think it comes with my social background though. My parents never smoked and growing up I was never around anyone that smoked. When I got to high school and the peer pressure to smoke I was too worried about what my parents would think and I could not handle the smell. Now, I was also watching my grandmother die from complications from when she did smoke. She was undergoing many heart surgeries and had many issues with her lungs. With smoking being acceptable in our society it has many negative effects on people’s everyday lives. What would happen if they made smoking illegal? Would people frown upon it like they do recreational drugs?

 

Soto C, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Schwartz S, Unger J. Stressful life events, ethnic identity, historical trauma, and participation in cultural activities: Associations with smoking behaviors among American Indian adolescents in California. Addictive Behaviors [serial online]. November 1, 2015;50:64-69. Available from: ScienceDirect, Ipswich, MA. Accessed February 13, 2017.      

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