The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 30, 2014

Student Voice: Other solutions to smoking


The Daily Item

— As an epidemic which has plagued our existence for thousands of years, smoking never ceases to be an ever-present component of society. Once often used for celebrations, ceremonies, and important events, smoking tobacco turned into a deadly fad practiced by people around the world daily. Though the extent of damage caused by tobacco smoke was initially unknown, countless reports of serious medical complications began to arise in the 20th century.

Diseases range from respiratory and cardiovascular ailments to a general decline in appearance and cancers ranging all over the body. My question to the general public is this: Why does this destructive behavior continue to thrive when it is common knowledge that smoking tobacco is dangerous and, simply put, a death wish?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 443,000 people die a year prematurely from smoking-related causes. As a teenager preparing to make a future for myself, I question the decision one makes at this time to cut their life short with an addiction to smoking. Not only do people choose this path in life for themselves, but they pollute the air for others and from secondhand smoke many suffer disease and death. For those who make this decision to put themselves and others at risk, I lament.

It is my sincere plea with the best of intentions for people to stop this destructive behavior. As I watch those around me live with the burden of addiction I question why one would choose this lifestyle, and hope for the courageous decision to stop. For the general concern of the public, I beg that people who participate can realize there are other solutions to filling the voids they believe smoking does.

Joely Watson,

Mifflinburg High School