Advantages We can breathe more easily?
Disadvantages People would like to smoke... why shouldn't they?
The recent smoking ban annoyed a great deal of people, and I can't say I blame them, after years of being able to go down to the local, drink a few pints, if the football's on watch that, chat to some mates, smoke a few fags, suddenly they find themselves banished to the cold outside if they want a smoke. I can understand why they don't find it fair, but what about the non-smokers who want to go down to the pub, is it fair for them to have to breath in the smoke of cigarettes, risking their health even though they have decided not to smoke. At the end of the day this whole argument is about who has the ultimate right, and that is a question without an answer.When I was 10 I did my DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) course, I still have a DARE car sticker stuck on my bedroom window =], at the time everyone in my class listened to the policemen who came in, the nurses and all decided that we were not going to do drugs, we made up songs and poems against drugs, alcohol abuse and smoking, all deciding they were just evil things we wanted nothing to do with. Unfortunately a year later at least a quarter of the class were smoking, binge drinking at weekends also quickly became a hobby as well recreational dug taking. Secondary school is an awful place full of peer pressures to start acting like an adult when you are really still a kid, this is where most people pick up habits which will stick with them throughout their lives. The pressure to take up smoking was quite strong, all the "popular" kids smoked, and by taking up smoking you could join in with their smoking behind the sports hall at break and that would be your ticket into popularity. I did have several friends who took up smoking at school for these reasons; several of these friends had previously been very against smoking just a year or so before they took it up.
I, however, chose not to smoke, not just because of the health concerns, although the thought of breathing in this poison didn't really appeal to me, the main factor was that I couldn't possibly afford it, one of my smoking friends worked out once how much it cost her to smoke in a year, I can't remember the exact value but it was well over £1000 which at 15 was an amount of money which shocked me, I didn't have that much money in a year to spend. Now I possibly could afford to smoke, but I have passed the period in which I was most vulnerable to the pressure to smoke and now I know for certain that I don't want to smoke, for the health concerns now, my health is so important to me. For this reason I don't want to breathe in smoke, my lungs are already exposed to the pollution of Nottingham amongst god knows what else, smoking is another factor which I would rather not add to my lungs.Apart from just generally not wanting to damage my lungs with second hand smoke, another issue I have with smoke is that it does trigger my asthma. I'm not badly asthmatic, in as much as there are people with far worse asthma and the smoke doesn't create the worst reaction, but it does set off my asthma symptoms, which is something that I would rather didn't happen.
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