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Smoking: America's Biggest Problem

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Smoking is the number one problem in America right now. Throughout the years different ways of ingesting nicotine and tobacco have been invented. Smoking in general is a very addictive habit, E-Cigarettes are becoming more popular among teenagers, and smoking is the leading cause of cancer and death in America today. Smoking is a problem that needs to be handled.

Smoking is a very addictive habit that is easily treatable. According to the NHS, “nicotine alters the balance of two chemicals called dopamine and noradrenaline in your brain” and when the levels change a person's mood and how well they concentrate change. Although, some people believe it is a popular misconception that smoking is a habit it can easily be cured by a low dose nicotine replacement therapy for a short time. Smoking is an addiction and there are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco and nicotine and there is only one that is addicting out of many. Nicotine replacement therapies fail most smokers over a long term period because it does not effectively deal with all of the smokers addictions. E-cigarettes were created to help people quit smoking, but the chemicals in E-cigarette juice flavors have only made it worse by producing higher levels of nicotine and more enjoyable flavors to keep people buying their products.

Teenagers and young adults have started buying flavored E-cigarettes, for example, “Juuls” which are currently being withdrawn from local stores’ shelves, because they are selling more to underage kids. Another, E-cigarette that has become an issue is the “Myle”. The Myle is very similar to a Juul, but it is much larger and has bigger pods than a Juul. Both Myle and Juul pods contain as much nicotine that is in a pack of cigarettes. Each day nearly 3,200 people younger than 18 smoke their first cigarette, and most causes are based off the fact that their friends are already smoking; which increases the number of people who are introduced to doing it. If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans under the age of 18, or about 1 in every 13 young adults, could die too early from a smoking-related illnesses. E-cigarettes are causing more medical conditions than regular cigarettes and publishing more statistics.


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