Smoking Problem Discussion

Smoking Problem Discussion

  • Submitted By: laovg
  • Date Submitted: 02/18/2009 7:26 PM
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Is smoking such a big problem as it is blamed to be? A lot of people answer: “yes”. On the other hand another bunch of people answer: “no”. It has been a hot debate since ancient times. Smoke not to smoke? That’s the question. We live in a smoking society, that’s why more and more people are becoming addicted to the nicotine and also other bad substances; but for instance let’s just talk about nicotine.
Scientists are doing many serious researches which are sponsored by the governments of some countries and tobacco companies to prove the reliability or blame of nicotine in so many health, habits and social problems. In the past, nicotine function as an antiherbivore chemical, being a potent neurotoxin with particular specificity to insects; therefore nicotine was widely used as an insecticide in the past, and currently nicotine derivatives such as imidacloprid continue to be widely used. And according to the research results of the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), nicotine has not been assigned to an official carcinogen group. However, nicotine and the increased cholinergic activity (nicotine´s alergy) it causes have been shown to impede apoptosis which is one of the methods by which the body destroys unwanted cells. Since apoptosis helps to remove mutated or damaged cells that may eventually become cancerous, the inhibitory actions of nicotine create a more favourable environment for cancer to develop. Thus nicotine plays an indirect role in carcinogenesis.

Smoking is one of the most common forms of recreational drug use. Tobacco smoking is today by far the most popular form of smoking and is practiced by over one billion people in the majority of all human societies. Just imagine, the history of smoking can be dated to as early as 5000 BC, and has been recorded in many different cultures across the world. But also on habit and social issues two sides of the story are present. The people who said that is a very bad habit...

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