Cigarette is a gateway drug. Gateway drugs open doors for a non-drug user to try and experiment on more dangerous and illegal drugs. Despite the total ban on cigarette advertisements, more and more Filipinos including teenagers are getting hooked on this vice.
Cigarette was not new to the old world. American-Indians smoked during rituals and special occasions. The tobacco plant Nicotiana Tabacum is the commercially recognized source of cigarettes nowadays, Nicotine is the addictive substance found in tobacco products.
Cigarette smoke is known to contain more than 4,000 chemicals which have NO health benefits. Some of the effects or dangers of smoking are bad breath, body odor, heart diseases, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer.
The three kinds of smoke produced by cigarettes are mainstream smoke which is the smoke inhaled by smokers, side stream smoke which is inhaled by non-smokers, and third hand smoke which stays on bed sheets, clothes, and other objects. All of these are dangerous.
After reading and gaining knowledge and information about the dangers of smoking, the decision whether to smoke or not lies in your hands. Think of your future and your family. Think of your environment, your community, and your country. Apply what you have learned from this lesson and you can never go wrong in your decision. KEEP A HEALTHY LIFE ! :)