Frances DeMasi Middle School, Marlton, NJ
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
I think Smoking is very harmful to you health. I had an aunt who died from smoking and a grand pop who had a stroke and, luckily, just one heart attack, all from smoking. My aunt is now lying in her grave at a young age and my grand pop is fortunately still alive but is walking with a cane. Other effects of the stroke are; he can only take baby steps, he can not eat certain foods, he takes over 10 pills a day, he can not speak correctly, and the right side of his body doesn't function. If these two people had another chance at life, do you think they would choose to smoke?
My dad has a fiend, Frank, who has a child who runs. Frank would be in the middle of the field cheering, "Go, Frances, go!" but with a cigarette in his hand. My dad told his friend more than enough times about not smoking. Frank said that he would stop smoking, but guess what, he had to have an operation to remove his whole jaw. He had cancer. If he had another chance, do you think he would smoke?
You are not going to believe this but both my older sister and my older brother smoke. When my sister found out that she was going to have a baby, she stopped smoking for the baby's health, but right after she had the baby, she started right back up again (which was dumb). My brother, on the other hand, was a great runner and one day he got in the wrong crowd who convinced him to smoke. He tried it (thinking he'd do it only once) and guess what, he smokes every single day. Now my brother can not even run.
The one thing I know is that I am an active person involved in many sports and activities and I do not want to take the wrong route like my aunt, my grand pop, my dad's friend, my brother, and my sister.
If there was only one thing I could tell you, I would tell you this, You only have one chance. There is no going back into the past like my grand pop and Frank would like to do and some day like my older sister and older brother may like to do. Don't take the wrong route!