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the Earth is choking

Cigarettes and smoking

If someone in your family smokes, you have a problem.

Why?

Because cigarette (and cigar) smoke is one of the most common forms of pollution on the planet. It's one you're bound to have come across even if no one in your family smokes. Smoke from cigarettes harms everyone's health. It even harms people if they don't smoke themselves but breathe other people's smoke. So if someone in your family does smoke, why not see if you can help them to stop?
smoking kills people
smoking makes the air stink
Smoking does no one any good. The best thing is not to start in the first place because smokers find it very hard to give up. They get hooked on stuff in tobacco called nicotine. Nicotine itself is a poison. But the real nasties in tobacco smoke are chemical things called carcinogens. They cause cancer and loads of other diseases which kill millions of people every year, mostly smokers but also people who don't smoke.

Why do people smoke? I don't know; do you? None of my cool penguin friends do. It used to be trendy to smoke but in recent years, many countries have banned smoking in public buildings. The result is that smoking is finally going out of fashion — which is good news for everyone except the tobacco companies. Today, there are many ways to help smokers quit their habit. One of the most popular is called vaping : a smoker wanting to quit 'smokes' an e-cigarette instead. And it seems to work — for adults anyway. But there are worries that high school kids may take up vaping which could be a pathway to taking up smoking tobacco.

Is vaping good or bad?
Vaping a health guide is a useful source of info about the pros and cons of vaping.

Click here for some scary facts about smoking

 

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