Smoking and Its Effects[Speech]

Smoking and Its Effects[Speech]

Good morning/afternoon students, teachers [and judges]. Today I am here to talk about underage smoking and its effects on our lives. Smoking is not good for us at all as it can cause diseases such as cancer and gum disease. An everyday cigarette contains extremely harmful chemicals that we definitely should not inhale.

Some of these chemicals are carbon monoxide, nicotine, tar, arsenic, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, acetone, butane, DDT, formaldehyde, sulphuric acid, cadmium, Freon, geranic acid, methropene and maltitol.

Underage smoking is common nowadays and also involves the use of not only tobacco, but also cannabis. In Australia and most other countries, this is illegal and has strict laws against people who are in possession of this drug.

A modern cigarette has 3 parts. A filter, tobacco and rolling paper. All chemicals in a cigarette are deadly, but the 3 deadliest are nicotine, tar and acetone. Nicotine is a pesticide and in its pure form one drop on the tongue can kill you.

Tar is toxic and when inhaled it will blacken the lungs and cause most types of cancer. Acetone is the active chemical in nail polish remover. If this is inhaled, it will block the arteries, rot your teeth and it may also cause bleeding in the brain.

Most people who smoke are aware of what a cigarette has inside it, but they still smoke anyway. People who smoke underage have much higher chances of dying or having a malignant disease or sickness. Smoking is not ‘cool’ and if encouraged, we should avoid it and stay away.

The diseases and illnesses caused by smoking are lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, mouth cancer, throat cancer, stomach cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, pancreas cancer, liver cancer, cancer of the private parts, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, heart attack, coronary heart disease,

Cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, artery disease, leukaemia, emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, diabetes, gum disease, loss of smell and taste,...

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