Informative Speech On Secondhand Smoking

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Today, I’m talking about smoking and the health risks that come with it. Tobacco smoke causes many illnesses and is very deadly; The World Health Organization estimates that each year tobacco causes roughly six million deaths. And six hundred thousand of those deaths occur in people who don’t even smoke, because of secondhand smoke. It 's also the cause of one in five deaths in the United States every year.

There are two hundred and fifty known harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke, and sixty-nine can cause cancer. Smoking causes acute myeloid leukemia and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, liver, kidney, bladder, pancreas, cervix, lung, rectum, colon, and cancers of the larynx. But there are many other problems that smoking
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Dr. Carolynn MacAllister who is the veterinarian at “Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service” had said "If smoking is that harmful to human beings, it would make sense that secondhand smoke would have an adverse effect on pets that live in the homes of smokers. There have been a number of scientific papers recently that have reported the significant health threat secondhand smoke poses to pets.". The main reason cats are at a higher risk is because of the way they groom. Cats lick themselves while grooming which means they lick up the cancer-causing carcinogens that get on their fur, thusly putting them at a higher…show more content…
In fact, plants, can also absorb chemicals from cigarette smoke. This study was published in the journal "Agronomy for Sustainable Development." The study had the volunteers smoked eleven cigarettes in two hour period inside of a greenhouse where they had some peppermint plants growing. Dirk Selmar, the study’s lead author, said: "The plants appeared, at first, to be unchanged." “As far as we have seen, there have been no negative effects on the growth,” he wrote in an email. “Tests for nicotine, conducted at various stages in the plants life” they found that the plants had “tremendously elevated nicotine levels,” “In principle, also other compounds could be taken up in the same manner,” he added. “However, as most components are not volatile, an uptake via the soil is much more likely. We are just looking for the uptake of other

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