The Harmful Effects Of Tobacco Use Essay

1034 Words Feb 17th, 2016 5 Pages
I was born in 1986 to Paul and Jean Pittaro in the lovely town of Bloomfield New Jersey. As I inhaled my first breath of fresh air, little did I know what I would be subjected to the next 15 years of my life. Paul and Jean were both heavy smokers before and after my birth. Although I doubt she would admit it today, I’m fairly certain Jean was puffing away while I was in her womb. Obviously the risks of smoking were not nearly as evident in the mid 1980’s as they are today. Now, in the year 2016, we are all too familiar with the harmful effects of tobacco use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking among adults is down almost 5% since the year 2000. In 1986, rates of use were closer to 30% and in 1965 it was above 42% (CDC, 2014). So it seems we have embarked on a national trend to reduce or eliminate cigarettes.
I truly hated that my parents smoked cigarettes. They would smoke in the house and in the cars; many times I felt there was no escaping the intoxicating odor! Going to school was especially hard smelling like an ash tray. My friends would constantly comment on how my clothes and book bag wreaked of cigarette smoke. A good percentage of other parents smoked but it seemed that my parents were on a whole other level. When I would visit other people’s homes, their parents never smoked cigarettes indoors. I remember my friend Anthony’s dad always smoked on the back porch near the kitchen entrance. When he came back inside, you…

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