Good morning to one and all present here. Today I am going to present a speech on “smoking is bad for health”. I wish for you co-operation throughout the time that I am presenting my speech, also I beg for your pardon for any mistake that it commit knowingly or unknowingly while presenting the speech.
Smoking is bad for health. Everybody knows it. There is nothing more to be said about it. It’s a universally known fact. Tobacco is the main element that people smoke. In many countries smoking is legal but it kills you. How can you let something kill you like that?
Quite surprisingly it is the only consumer product that kills you when you use it exactly how it’s meant to be. It’s scary…isn’t it?
Cigarettes are made from a plant derived material called tobacco. Tobacco is the only substance that is said to contain the chemical called ‘nicotine’. Nicotine is a very strong poison that can kill a human in less than an hour if even a small amount is injected into the blood-stream. Tobacco smoke contains very tiny amounts of nicotine that aren’t deadly, but are still very bad for our health
Many cigarette companies in India have stopped producing this poison. Once such company is ITC or Indian Tobacco Company. This company now produces stationeries and items for children and household. Government is organising campaigns to help create awareness in the people.
In movie theatres, in televisions, in newspapers there are ads by the government featuring families who have lost their loved ones from the over consumption of this harmful substance. Even the companies are coming up with new ideas. Gruesome pictures of the diseases are being printed on the cigarette packs just to raise a question in the conscience every time you hold a pack of cigarette.
Every time that you open a packet of cigarette that picture will give you a warning of the future that you also will confront if you continue with this habit. It does raise a guilt feeling to some extent. For some people this much torture is enough to make them quit but for other people having thicker skins, they continue to harm their bodies just like they used to do before.
So why are we sitting and complaining? Then why such a fatal item of consumption not getting banned?
The problem is the government keeps manufacturing or rather gives allowance to manufacture such an item knowing about its fatal effects at the same time. What I’m saying is its manufacture should be banned. But then if such an item is banned that is consumed by millions of people around the country it will create a great stir and wrath.
There can be situations of civil war. The enraged people might attack the government. The government might fall off its power. All these catastrophic results hinder a government from taking up such extremist steps. Also, there goes a saying, “when there is will, there is way”, even if you stop producing it the people will find means to smuggle it and reach out to people.
People will find means to produce it at home. People will find ways to get it somehow. Just as other drugs like heroin and cocaine although being are getting smuggled into the country and getting consumed by millions and the government can do absolutely nothing about it.
How does the tobacco affect health?
Tobacco smoke contains not only nicotine but other chemicals along with it. In fact there are as many as 4,000 other
Chemicals and maximum of them are harmful for our bodies. All these chemicals are mix together and form a sticky tar.
It’s the tar that gives cigarette smoke it’s smell and colour. The tar sticks to clothing, skin, and the insides of our lungs! Tar is very dangerous inside our lungs. It sticks to the cilia in our lungs that are responsible for sweeping out germs and dirt. If the cilia are covered in tar, they can’t work right, and germs and dirt can stay in the lungs and cause diseases.
Another thing that is related with smoking and smokers is the topic of passive smoking. There are people who do not want to smoke, but when you smoke in a public place or in front of someone, you are making him/her smoke indirectly (against their will). Smoking in public spaces is illegal for this reason.
Hence passive smoking should be discouraged. And whenever we see on streets a person smoking publicly then we should also take up the responsibility to make him aware.
What more can be said when I am concluding my speech. My only request is, this item has destroyed many families in the past and it is still destroying.
Why give it the power to do so? Stopping its destruction is right in our hands. It only needs a strong resolution and we will control it. It is better to kill oneself and die rather than slow poisoning oneself and dying a slow death.