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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Discussion on Smoking (Response #7)

         For this response post, I thought I’d delve further into the topic of smoking and whose fault it is. I think that it is a complex topic and one with more questions than answers, but let's give it a try and see how it goes.

         First off, I was in the car with my mother again, and I asked her about this, and she had a couple of ideas and thoughts. Basically, the gist of one of her ideas was that since there are so many ways to help quit smoking, like nicotine patches and e-cigarettes, and so many groups willing to offer support- that it is the fault of the person who still continues to smoke. This is a valid point. If people want to smoke, then by all means let them smoke, but it is their fault if they contract some diseases later on.

        On the other hand, I asked her what about the people who did not mean to ever start smoking but now can't quit. This is another valid point. For some people, circumstances were beyond their control and they started smoking. Again, her stance was similar to her first response, that there's so many ways to help quit smoking that it is possible to quit, or at least put some effort into quitting. But she also sympathized with them. People do many different things when they’re nervous, or bored, such as cracking your knuckles, rubbing your head, and even smoking. To many people, smoking is a stress reliever, or something to pass the time. So it might not be entirely their fault because it’s just one of their bad habits.

Slightly switching topics, we began to talk about the effects of smoking. My mother, who is a contractor, told me a story about one of her masons. The mason was a heavy chain smoker, and one time he hurt his back badly. He ended up needing back surgery, and the surgery was successful. However, his doctor told him that the recovery time would be delayed by as much as 50% because he was a smoker. Smoking is just so bad for your body, she pointed out. All the tar gets into your lung systems and begins to coat your lungs. Many lung problems arise, such as Asthma, Lung Cancer, shortness of breath. People do know that they can get these diseases, but they still continue to smoke.

Part of human nature is the ability to reassure yourself that you're going to be fine. My mom said that a lot of teenagers think that they're immune, and that smoking won't harm them. In reality though, smoking while that young will set you up for a life dependent on nicotine, in the form of cigarettes. Teenagers don't understand that they will become addicted, and that the problem won't stop, but will intensify. I think that a big step in solving the smoking problem is to convey to teenagers that they aren't immune, and that they will be harmed by smoking. If they can understand that smoking will drastically effect your life in a negative way, then they might not be even tempted to start it.

Again, this topic is really complex, and I’ve only scratched the surface, but I hope this intrigued you and made you curious to learn more about the effects of smoking, and whose fault it is. Anyway, I’ll see you guys in the next post.

-Jack Goodenough

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