Day to kick smoking

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

March 31, 2004 is National Kick Butts Day where youth across America join together to promote a tobacco-free environment. As part of the JDHS T.A.T.U. (Teens Against Tobacco Use), I thought I would want to write why I personally don't smoke and encourage others to avoid tobacco as well.

Tobacco is very dangerous for you. Cigarettes contain poisons such as arsenic (found in rat poison), ammonia (toilet bowl cleaner), acetone (found in nail polish remover), and formaldehyde (embalming fluid).

Smoking tobacco is very addicting and costs a lot of money. By not smoking a pack of cigarettes a day throughout my four years of high school, I'll save at least $7,300. That's enough to buy a car or go on a trip around the world.

Moreover, smoking doesn't make you popular or look older. When asked, most teenagers are not attracted to smokers. Also, smoking gives you wrinkles.

Additionally, smoking affects your athletic abilities. This is important to me because I want to be able to run, walk and play basketball. Smoking would ruin my lungs and my choices for a healthy life.

Lastly, by not smoking I am helping to keep my friends and family safe from secondhand smoke. I like to encourage others to avoid tobacco as well. Smoking isn't cool. Take control and speak out against tobacco.

Abby Laguidar


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