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Cigarette Smoking: Addiction or a Choice

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Smoking provides an immediate physiological gratification. Smoking releases glucose into the blood, raises energy levels in the body, lower body temperature, and generally relaxes the sympathetic nervous system. Yates and Elizabeth highlight a number of reasons as to why some individuals may choose not to smoke. Some of the obvious reasons are; smoking stains teeth, fingers and hands making a person look dirty, it is an expensive habit, smoke from cigarettes produces bad smell. Smoking also presents dangerous threats to people’ s health. Smoking results in Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis and damaging of the epithelial lining of the bronchial tubes (Yates and Elizabeth, 1984, p 86).

Thus, Colby (2008) concludes by noting that it is important for smokers or those willing to smoking to carry out an in-depth analysis of the positive and negative effects of smoking. For smokers, this will help them make choices on how to go about quitting the habit. For non- smokers it will provide them with a guide whether to pursue smoking or to give up on smoking.   Rls (2011, p25) states that life involves making choices which can either be bad or good.

Rsl points out tobacco use as a bad choice that people make in life. People in spite of the warning messages printed on the Package, would still go ahead and smoke, thus, risking their lives to lung cancer, oral cancer and even early deaths. Rls (2011, p 50), notes that Young people make a choice to smoke, despite being warned by their friend and parents about the harmful effects of smoking. Rls also, notes that losing a loved the high costs involved in treating cigarette-related illness neither stops a person from continuing to smoke Rls further highlights that people are never coerced to smoke, they make choices, that is, according to their free will.

(Rsl, 2011, p 50)Cigarette Smoking as an Addiction To comprehensively discuss the idea of smoking as an addictive behavior, there is the need to clearly understand what is meant by the term addiction.

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