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Student X February 17, 2005 Section AX Topic: Smoking in Society Goal: I want to persuade my audience that smoking is a health risk to all of society and that smokers should be encouraged to quit. Thesis: It is imperative for smokers to quit, benefiting society as a whole a well as themselves. Introduction
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: I am from a family where both of my parents smoked. My mother quit when she found out she was having me, but for my father there was no quitting regardless of what he tried. All my life I can remember him smoking and trying to quit but never being able to. The only moment in his life when it ...view middle of the document...
I. Youth model behaviors of older individuals they respect and believe in and will mimic them.
A. Children model their parentsâ€™ behavior as well as authority figures and relative
when it comes to tobacco use (Journal of Public Health Mgmt and Practice). They will also listen to what authority figures say about smoking. During child development there are lessons that he child must learn or do learn on their own and those that are needed to be taught to them. For example, traffic safely, talking to strangers, and etiquette are things that parents or authority figures teach, but how much education dealing with harmful substances or cigarettes is really highlights/ Is it even done enough/ Look around and see how many people you see smoking and note how many of them are younger than you. A future depends on those that are coming behind us, but with harmful substances already making their way into the lives of youth, a future could be pretty bleak. Transition: Involvement of education and influence are only a step in any direction, the risks involved can be pretty extreme and life altering. II. Not only does smoking affect the smoker, but those whom they share their space with. A. Second hand smoke causes just as many of the same health issues to those around a smoker and as could be produced in the smoker. As reported by the Center for Disease Control, illness from smoking ranges from lung cancer, ischemic heart disease,
and chronic airway obstruction as well as shortening a personâ€™s lifespan averaging 13.2
years for me and 14.5 years for women (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion). These are risks that many smokers know may just be regurgitated facts, but is not hearing them once more another chance to decide that health is better than a cigarette? Much of the health issues that society deals with today would be greatly decreased if more and more people began to quit smoking. Transition: Prevention can be found at the base of the issue of cigarettes: the manufacturer. III. Philip Morris is the largest tobacco company in the US and makes many of the brands of cigarettes on the market today. A. Within its website there is useful information discussing the health risks of smoking, prevention methods for youth, ways to quit, policies, facts, practices, etc. How well does a company want its product to be cast in a negative light? One would think that showing all of the negatives is a clear sign that the product at hand is indeed unnecessary. However, despite facts and information Phillip Morris continues to make cigarettes and many continue to purchase them. In the past three years, with increased cigarette prices caused by increased taxes and tobacco litigation payments, with...