Smoking Essay

455 WordsMay 7, 20132 Pages
Smoking By: Alexis Zaragoza Table of Contents What is Smoking? Opium Social Stigma Substances and Equipment What is Smoking? Smoking is a practice in which a substance, most commonly tobacco, is burned and the smoke is tasted or inhaled. The most common method of smoking today is through cigarettes, but also hand-rolled from loose tobacco and rolling papers. Other smoking implements include pipes, cigars, bidis, hookahs, vaporizers, and bongs. Opium In the 19th century the practice of smoking opium became common. Previously it had only been eaten, and then primarily for its medical properties. Opium smoking later spread with Chinese immigrants and spawned many infamous opium dens in China towns around South and Southeast Asia and Europe. Social Stigma Social stigma is the extreme disapproval of (or discontent with) a person on socially characteristic grounds that are perceived, and serve to distinguish them, from other members of a society. With the modernization of cigarette production compounded with the increased life expectancies during the 1920s, adverse health effects began to become more prevalent. In the UK and the USA, an increase in lung cancer rates, formerly "among the rarest forms of disease", was noted by the 1930s, but its cause remained unknown. From 1965 to 2006, rates of smoking in the United States have declined from 42% to 20.8% Substances and Equipment The most popular type of substance that is smoked is tobacco.Tobacco is often sold flavored, often with various fruit aromas, something which is especially popular for use with hookahs. The second most common substance that is smoked is cannabis, made from the flowers or leaves of cannabis sativa or cannabis indica.Since cannabis is illegal, the most common form of smoking is with hand-rolled cigarettes (often called joints), pipes, or bongs. Health Effects Smoking

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