SAMPLE PERSUASIVE OUTLINE
Student X February 17, 2005 Section AX Topic: Smoking in Society Goal: I want to persuade my audience that smoking is a health risk to all of society and that smokers should be encouraged to quit. Thesis: It is imperative for smokers to quit, benefiting society as a whole a well as themselves. Introduction
A. Attention Gaining Device
: I am from a family where both of my parents smoked. My mother quit when she found out she was having me, but for my father there was no quitting regardless of what he tried. All my life I can remember him smoking and trying to quit but never being able to. The only moment in his life when it seemed completely necessary and possible for him to quiet was the day he found out he had cancer, but even by then time was running out. He died in March of 1995; I had turned 12 a month earlier. I would like to discuss the issue of smoking in society and its ramifications upon all of us and the benefits of quitting.
B. Significance for this audience
: At some point in your life, you will know someone who smokes or someone who deals with health problems associated with it. You yourself may already have some issues from smoking or being around those that smoke.
It is imperative for smokers to quit because it benefits society as a whole as well as themselves. Fighting against the use of tobacco is important because it causes many diseases and is a player in air pollution.
I will be highlighting and discussing trends and tobacco use especially with its impact on youth; then I will discuss some of the health concerns that are common to smoking as well as what the tobacco companies themselves say in order to overview how society would be bettered with one less addiction. Transition: Actions and decisions are made each day around youth can lead them to have a skewed understanding of what is right and...