Persuasive Speech Essay

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Title of Presentation: Why People Shouldn’t Smoke Name of Presenter: xxxx Description of Business Audience: The audience members for this presentation are employees of ABC Company who need to quit smoking. As part of the company’s health and wellness initiative, I am here to persuade them to quit smoking. I. Introduction A. Attention Getter: A shocking statistic: Did you know that smoking is the most preventable cause of disease and premature death in America? In 2012, about 577,190 Americans are expected to die of cancer,more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease,accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. (American Cancer Society) B. Thesis Statement: Breaking the habit of smoking is the right way to go because smoking is not only harmful for you but it is also harmful to the people around you. II. Body A. Problem: Tobacco use is a vicious cycle with people getting addicted and dying. 1. Tobacco is highly addictive a. Nicotine is the most addictive drug available (Donatelle, 2010) b. Genetics play a role in the speed of addiction. (American Cancer Society, 2012) 2. Tobacco use has many harmful effects for the user. a. Most addictive drug b. Contains poisonous chemicals (there are more than 4,000 chemical compounds in second hand smoke of which 200 of them are poisonous). c. Leads to lung cancer, serious illnesses, and death. d. The risk for cardio vascular disesase is 70 percent greater for smokers. (Donatelle, 2010) 3. Financially Draining a. Up to $7.00 pack b. $2,500 a year 4. The effects of second hand smoke on innocent lives. a. When someone smokes a cigarette, they inhale half of the smoke, while the other half remains in the air. b. (Passive smoking is just as threatening to health as active smoking) Evidence indicates that

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