Life is a very precious gift. Much like a gentle breeze bristling through your hair...it is enjoyable and full of promise. Think about what the world would be like if here was no such thing as life... well one we wouldnt know, and two Vanilla Ice would have never been a thing. So instead of wasting your life...rejoice. and maybe sing some songs; Life Life Baby, (melodic rhythm) I got that Life Life Baby... The average male life expectancy in the US is 76 years old, and US female is 81 years. That means that on average, we each have about 78 years to live life to the fullest. That may seem like a long time but in the long term it is miniscule. So why cut it short with bad decisions?
There are many debates out there about smoking and its effects but it is a commonly agreed on fact that smoking is bad for you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers." Also, "More than 480,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke) are a result of smoking." "Cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year." You'd think that given the statistics nobody would want to smoke but the truth is, many people have tried to quit smoking. According to the American Lung Association, "In 2009, an estimated 49.9 million adults were former smokers. Of the 46.6 million current adult smokers, 46.7 percent stopped smoking at least 1 day in the preceding year because they were trying to quit smoking completely." Smoking is a very difficult habit to break. "Nicotine is the ingredient in cigarettes that causes addiction. Smokers not only become physically addicted to nicotine; they also link smoking with many social activities, making smoking an extremely difficult addiction to break." Not to mention, "Among adults who have ever smoked, 70% started smoking regularly at age 18 or younger, and 86% at age 21 or younger." Smoking is a very dangerous habit and even one puff of a cigarette can get you addicted and cause you problems such as emphysema and lung cancer throughout your whole life.
Everyone wants to be healthy but one of the crucial elements to being healthy is exercise and physical activity. According to a recent study done by Dr. I-Min Lee of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard professor, "a middle-aged person who gets the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise — defined as the level of brisk walking — can expect a 1-to-7 return: seven extra minutes of life gained for each minute spent exercising." The exercise thing is fairly self-explanatory in the fact that it is general knowledge that excercise is good for you.
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