Smoking Essay & Paragraph

Smoking and chewing tobacco products have been practiced in many parts of the world since ancient times. But everyone knows that it is harmful to health. In particular, 8 million people worldwide die prematurely every year due to smoking. Therefore, it is very important to create awareness among the people to refrain from chewing tobacco and smoking. Informative essays and paragraphs on smoking shared here can be useful for readers and help students and examinees in writing their compositions.

Smoking Essay & Paragraph
Smoking in the creative imagination of a painter. Image: flickr.com

By: Haque, For class 9-10/SSC, 08-01-’22

Points of synopsis:

  1. An ancient practice.
  2. Smoking came in vogue in Europe in the 16th century after the discovery of America.
  3. It is now not merely a fashion but a fact of modern life.
  4. Evils of smoking — extremely injurious to health.
  5. It is also a wasteful practice that involves at least 5% of the total national dividend of an advanced country like the USA.

Tobacco chewing has been practiced in many parts of the world, including the Indian subcontinent, since ancient times. But smoking started on a larger scale after the discovery of America by Columbus, i.e. early 16th century. Experts say that the word tobacco has come from the name of Tobago Island, in the West Indies, where tobacco is largely cultivated. The word ‘nicotine’, that harmful chemical which tobacco contains in a large percentage, has taken its name from the then French minister of the same name. Whatever that may be, tobacco addiction is now a widespread fashion all over the world.

There are, of course, many apologists for tobacco smoking. They say that for releasing tense nerves, tobacco is certainly a good solvent. Pursuing this mistaken notion many tender-aged boys, even girls, take to smoking. Some literature are of opinion that by supplying the fume of tobacco to the brain through smoking one can recruit one’s ideas better and produce excellent literature. In this way, misguided students smoke hard before examinations in the hope of putting up an excellent performance in answer papers. According to some others, tobacco smoking is only a diversion and consolation for the poor and hardworking laborers.

Medical men and researchers are unanimous in condemning tobacco smoking. Along with nicotine by lightening cigarette or any variant of it, one inhales poisonous chemicals that definitely and invariably shorten one’s longevity. Tobacco is nothing short of venom to these people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory ailments. About 10% of the population of the world die before their time due to tobacco smoking. Nicotine and other harmful compounds generate fatal diseases like lung cancer, blood pressure, acidity, stomach ulcer, and various other intractable ailments. By smoking five cigarettes every day one deducts five years from one’s usual span of life. Even those who are forced to smell tobacco while sitting nearby the smoker, suffer as passive smokers from fatal diseases. In short, there is nothing in a cigarette to commend it for acceptance. Yet young people are found pressing cigarettes between their lips just to look smart. According to the World Health Organization, more than 8 million people worldwide die each year as a result of tobacco use. About 8 million people die every year directly or indirectly for smoking.

It has been already said that a large number of deaths are accounted for by reckless smoking. It is no plea that some chain-smokers have not suffered from cancer. Smoking was considered by our forefathers as a kind of sin. They are justified in one sense; for it is like the path of sin that is always slippery. The vogue of tobacco often leads to alcoholic and even more fatal drug habits. Besides, tobacco smoking is nowadays a very expensive habit and, once started, it is very difficult to give up the practice. One may take the vow like Mark Twain, the American literateur of last century, who took twenty oaths a day of not to smoke and broke each of them. Thus his oath lasted only for the time between the end of one and the lightening of the next cigarette. For once tobacco smoking is taken up, it gets into the blood and it becomes difficult to get out of the addiction. So, it is always better not to start it like prevention that is always better than cure.

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Essay on Smoking: Causes, Dangers & How to Prevent it

By: Haque, Words: 480, For class 9-10/SSC

Introduction: Smoking is one of the most injurious habits. Nowadays smoking is common all over the world. This habit has been found to spread among people of all ages over the decades.

Dangers of Smoking: Smoking can cause serious health hazards. Tobacco has injurious substances including nicotine. When somebody smokes, nicotine enters into his lungs and gets mixed with his blood. Then it spreads throughout the whole body through blood circulation. Smoking cigarettes can cause serious harm to one’s lungs and larynx. It is the main cause of lung cancer. It also causes diseases like asthma, bronchitis, gastric, ulcer, and heart disease. Smoking can harm not only the person smoking cigarettes but also the people around him. The smoke released by a smoker is inhaled by people in close proximity. It is called passive smoking. Passive smoking is no less harmful than active smoking and all the dangers of smoke are also associated with passive smoking.

Reasons for Smoking: There are some intoxicating materials like nicotine in tobacco. They cause addiction. People get attracted (Stef) to tobacco smoking in different ways. First of all, advertisements by tobacco companies attract people to tobacco smoking. Secondly, smoking by actors and actresses in movies, dramas, and TV programs also attracts people to smoke. They consider smoking as a matter of smartness. Thirdly, youths and youngsters smoke being influenced by the evil company. Usually, it starts out of curiosity and then becomes a lasting habit. Lastly, children are also influenced by their smoker parents. They form acceptance of smoking in their mind and do not consider it as something harmful.

How to Stop Smoking: Smoking has been accepted as a harmful habit by governments worldwide. Many preventive measures have been undertaken in this respect by countries all over the world. Such measures include:

  1. Banning cigarette smoking in public spaces like bus stations, railway stations, subway stations, market places, museums, Zoos, auditoriums, etc., and on public transports such as buses, trains, launches, steamers, ships, etc.
  2. Restricting buying and selling of cigarettes publicly. Also banning the sale of cigarettes to minors.
  3. In Bangladesh the government has enacted laws banning the advertisement of cigarettes, buying and selling cigarettes publicly, and smoking cigarettes in public places. The government has also imposed fines and penalties for the violation of these laws.
  4. The government has also passed laws requiring cigarette companies to print warning signs on the packets of cigarettes.

What else is needed is a greater degree of awareness among people and a strong will to stop smoking. Besides, censorship should be imposed on TV programs, dramas, and movies having scenes of smoking.

Conclusion: There is no doubt that the habit of smoking can cause great harm to a person. It is harmful not only to him but also to his family and the people around him. So, everybody should try seriously to avoid smoking.

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Smoking Paragraph, 150 Words

By: Haque, For class 7-10, 07-01-’22

Smoking is one of the most injurious habits. Nowadays smoking is common all over the world. This habit has been found to spread among people of all ages over the decades. Smoking can cause serious health hazards. Tobacco has injurious substances including nicotine. When somebody smokes, nicotine enters into his lungs and gets mixed with his blood. Then it spreads throughout the whole body through blood circulation. Smoking of cigarettes can cause serious harm to one’s lungs and larynx. It is the main cause of lung cancer. It also causes diseases like asthma, bronchitis, gastric, ulcer, and heart disease. Smoking can harm not only the person smoking cigarettes but also the people around him. The smoke released by a smoker is inhaled by people in close proximity. It is called passive smoking. Passive smoking is no less harmful than active smoking and all the dangers of smoke are also associated with passive smoking.

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