FC: Smoking | “Blue smoke on black background” By Vadiko September 13, 2010 flickr.com
1: Eye-opening statistics: *Smoking causes 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. each year. (440,000 people) *For every person that dies from a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking. *Altogether, approximately 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness that is caused by smoking. | “Cigarette Butts, Florida” Stock Photo ID:42-26121775 Tim Graham February 22, 2009 Corbis.com
2: “Cigarette Ingredients” Chemicals in tobacco smoke Photographer/date unknown Smokingeffects.org
3: *Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death.* A single cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. With each puff these chemicals release toxins throughout your entire body. Over time, there are no areas that are left untouched or unaffected by the hazardous chemicals in cigarettes. Second-hand smoke is even worse. It contains over 7,000 chemicals, including 70 cancer-causing chemicals.
4: “Dramatic woman smoking a cigarette” Stock Photo ID: 42-21207602 Photographer/Date unknown Corbis.com | “Handsome young man smoking” Stock Photo ID: 42-42167496 By Robert Recker Corbis.com
5: So why do people smoke? Smoking is as much a psychological pleasure as it is a physiological satisfaction. It is a good excuse to take a break, sit down, and relax for a few minutes. Smoking becomes a stress reliever for some people, while others simply crave the taste. Many young teenagers may decide to start smoking out of peer pressure, thinking that they must smoke to fit in. Advertisements and the media are powerful influences as well. Tobacco companies try to make smoking look “cool” and will use attractive people and colorful logos to target potential new smokers. However, most people smoke solely because it is an addictive habit.
6: “Smoker’s lungs comparison” Photographer unknown November 13th, 2009 www.smokerslungs.net
7: The CDC estimates that adult male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers lose and average of 14.5 years of life, and because there are so many diseases that smoking can cause, it may decrease your quality of life long before you ever die. Short-term effects: *Increased blood pressure & heart rate *Respiratory problems-shortness of breath *Digestive ailments *Reddening of eyes Long-term effects: *Heart attack *Stroke *Lung cancer *Stomach ulcers & heartburns *Vision problems *Reproductive abnormalities-reduced fertility *Skin disorders
8: “"anti-smoking campaign” By Dustin Belic 2013 Smokeen.com
9: Tobacco is the most frequently used addictive drug in the U.S. I relate most to the functionalist perspective on this issue which states that society provides us with a set of norms, in which smoking is considered a norm here in the U.S. Many people turn to smoking when they are stressed or have high anxiety, and look at it as a way to temporarily cope and reduce their stress levels. However, since society is not able to control or regulate this behavior, many people become addicted to this habit unintentionally without even realizing it!
10: "human hands holding broken cigarette" Stock Photo ID: 42-36051679 Photographer: Pulse Date unknown Cobris.com
11: Breaking the habit Smoking can be hard to quit, but it is definitely worth the effort just looking at the health risks.There are several alternatives to help a person stop smoking. first of all, it is important to get support from your friends and family. Let them know that you have decided to quit. When you get a nicotine craving remember to stay active, even going for a run can help take your mind off of it. When you feel a craving coming on, take several slow, deep breaths, and try substituting the taste for a mint, gum, or flavored toothpick. There are also medications that may help such as nicotine patches and gum. Electronic cigarettes may also be helpful in keeping your hands and mouth occupied until you completely break the habit.
12: Smoking Visual Essay By: Danica Denton Social Problems April 9, 2013 | Information retrieved from: Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action. Anna Leon-Guerrero www.smokingeffects.org www.CDC.gov www.smokingsides.com