Monday, May 25, 2015

Don't Light It!

              Cigarette smoking should be banned everywhere. It is a disgusting habit that far too many people are addicted to.  Cigarette smoking should be banned because it ruins our environment, it costs a lot of money, and it’s bad for your health. This addictive toxin will destroy your body, your bank account and the Earth. If the United States banned smoking, the world would be a far better place.   
Smoking can destroy the environment in many ways.  Smoking is very dangerous. It is 7 times more likely for your house to catch on fire if you smoke. It causes 90,000 fires per year (Hall). Everyday fires start because cigarette buds are left on the ground burning or people throw them out of their cars while they are driving. Research shows that 71% of brushfires are caused by cigarette buds (Smoking).That’s a large portion of our environment being destroyed by cigarettes. This destroys beautiful forests, it pollutes the air, and animals can die or become injured (OxyGen). 

Not only is smoking a huge cause of brushfires, it also causes major pollution. When someone lights a cigarette the smoke is then released into the Earth’s atmosphere. In each tiny cigarette there are 4000 chemicals (Keen for Green). Imagine that 4000 chemicals are released to the air when you light a cigarette. It also pollutes our air because cigarettes are made in large factories. There is no reason to ruin the Earth by making and using a killing device.

Cigarettes are bad for the environment but they are even worse for your health. Scientist have proven that smoking is a huge health hazard.  Tobacco smoking contains chemicals that are very harmful to your body. The most harmful chemicals are cyanide, carbon monoxide, and ammonia.These toxic chemicals can damage your cells and greatly increase your cancer risk. Did you know that 69 of the chemicals found in cigarettes have be linked to cancer (National Cancer Institute)!  

Smoking can also lead to other diseases. It has been causing deaths ever since they were invented. Your risk of death is  2 to 3 times greater if you are a smoker (EMedicineHealth).   It makes no sense to smoke cigarettes if it causes your harm and increases your chance of dying. Other research shows that every five deaths in the U.S. is caused from smoking. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2000 to 2004 California had 36,687 deaths from smoking. In total calculation, 6 million people die as the result of cigarette smoking per year (Chew).  I don’t know why people choose to smoke, it is like committing suicide!  
Smoking can affect the way you look.  It causes premature wrinkles.   Not only does it make you look older but it also can make your fingers turn yellow and discolors your teeth too (Zamosky).  People who smoke smell gross. Their clothes, homes and cars smell like smoke too.  All these effects will make you ugly and not attractive to other people. Smoking is the worst invention in human history because it will destroy the inside and outside of your body
Smoking takes a lot of money out of your bank account. It is a very expensive  habit. In California, a pack of cigarettes costs $5.89 and is as high as $12.85 a pack in New York (Kulwin).  If you smoke one pack per day in California, it would cost you $41.23 a week to pay for cigarettes.  In New York this would be $89.95 a week! The Center for Disease Control reported that 193 billion dollars are spent annually in the United States to buy cigarettes.Because smoking is so bad for your health it costs a lot of money to treat smokers. Second hand smoke is also very dangerous to your health.  The CDC reported that 10 billion dollars are spent a year for health insurance because of second hand smoking (Chew). This means people are getting very sick from people around them who smoke. Second hand smoke is particularly harmful to babies.  Smoking is expensive and it can kill people. Second hand smoke can be hurting the people you love the most. 

Smoking is very addictive because of the chemical nicotine in the cigarettes. Some people get so addicted to smoking that they spend all their money on a tiny cigarette. Some people would rather spend money on cigarettes than on food.  It is very hard to quit cigarettes.  Smoking makes you do stupid things like waste your money on a new pack even if you can not afford it. It takes a lot of hard work to quit smoking and most people are never able to.   Be careful what you do because when you choose to smoke you may never be able to quit this bad habit. 

Some people believe that it their right to smoke and they should be able to smoke wherever they please. They feel that banning cigarettes would be unfair.  They say that they enjoy cigarettes and they do not care if it hurts them.  They believe that it is their body and they can do whatever they want.  

Smoking cigarettes is a terrible thing and it should be banned for several reasons. It destroys our environment everyday by causing fires and pollution. Smoking will make you ugly and can cause you to be really, really sick.   Smoking can kill you. It also costs a lot of money.   Why choose to ruin your life by smoking a killing device? Even though some people say it is a free country and people should be able to do what they want, people like me who want cigarettes to be banned are just trying to save your life.  They should stop selling cigarettes in stores. Everyone should tell their friends or relatives, and even strangers, to stop smoking! As you can see smoking should be banned all over the world so we keep our Earth clean and healthy. I wonder what our world would be like if they never invented the terrible, deadly, and gross cigarette.  

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Adventures Of His Life

I chose to interview my mothers father, Grandpa John. I thought that he would enjoy speaking about his life. My grandpa is known to be a talker. I interviewed him in my bright and welcoming living room. We were sitting next to each other in big fluffy comfortable chairs. I used my phone as a microphone to record his answers. It was a beautiful Sunday morning when I interviewed him.
My grandpa has short straight gray hair. It is usually untamed. He was wearing an old plaid flannel shirt with light baggy jeans that also showed some age. On his feet he wore his work boots. He seems always ready for his next project. My grandpa is over 6ft tall and is very lean. He exercises everyday and it shows. He walks a little slow but is still very sturdy. 

When it comes to voice and personality, my grandpa has interesting characteristics. He has a deep mellow voice, but it can get loud at times. Especially, when he gets mad at his dog. When he speaks he tends to emphasize words. His personality is very pleasant when he's with me. He has a grumpy side, but he is always sweet to me. I notice his grumpy side when he talks about politics or the news. But when it comes to me, he is all smiles. 

Question: What are some of the most important lessons you've learned over the course of your life? 
Answer: “To be really nice to people, be polite and wish everyone good luck.” 

Question: How did you meet your spouse? 
Answer: “It was back in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We were playing a baseball game and she came there with some friends. And I saw her with her friends in the sand that my friends knew and we got introduced at that time.”

Question: What was your favorite subject in school? 
Answer: “Well when I went to high school I took what was called a vocational course. And we did a lot of wood working, everyday in the afternoons was always wood working in the shop.” 

Question: What was your favorite toy and why? 
Answer: “Boy, that’s a hard one for me, the answers so, so many years back. Um I guess my favorite toy was a scooter I had when I was a little boy. I used to like to ride on that scooter.” 

Question: What are you most proud of?
Answer: “Most proud of? My family and my grandkids.” 

Question: What was the happiest moment of your life?
Answer: “Well I had a lot of happy moments I can’t really put one in front of the other. But I think when I got married that was the happiest moment of my life.” 

After interviewing my grandpa I have learned a lot of lessons. I learned to be a kind hearted person. He believes one of the most important things in life is to be kind and to wish people well. I was very touched when he said that my family and my grandkids are what he’s most proud of. The thing that surprised me the most is his favorite toy was a scooter because I didn’t know they had them back then. I thought that a truck or a stuffed animal would be his favorite. I think it it was interesting how he meet my grandma. It seemed to me that when he first saw her in the sand they were meant to be together. I guess he was right because they have been married over 50 years. Interviewing him was really fun! I feel like the interview made me even closer to my grandpa. I would like to talk to him more about his life. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why 4/16/15

After Clay finishes the tape about Jessica he decides to go to Hannah's favorite coffee shop. I think he did this for Hannah. If I had a friend that died I would go to there favorite place and think about that person. I'm sure this made Clay really emotional. I wonder why Clay is on Hannah's list because he is so nice to her?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why 4/15/15

    The next person on Hannah's list is Jessica. Jessica was a nice girl and a friend of Hannah's. I was surprised that Jessica got really upset about the rumors of Hannah. I think these rumors caused Hannah to loose a friend. In this part of the book it was very depressing because Clay talks about Hannah's death. This made me feel very bad for her family and her friends.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why 4/14/15

   The list Alex made up caused Hannah to be miserable. I think Clay feels really bad for Hannah. It makes me sad to read about how horrible her life was. I have a feeling that Clay is starting to like Hannah. Even though she's dead I think Clay really understands her in the tapes. I can't wait to see what terrible thing Clay did to her.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why 4/13/15

    Hannah finally tells us what Alex did to her. Alex came up with a list for who had the best butt, and Hannah was number one. I think this made Hannah feel very uncomfortable at school. I was  shocked that a small list ruined her life at school. Clay was very upset about what Alex did too. I wish people treated Hannah better so she would still be alive.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why 3/19/15

    Hannah starts talking about the next person on the list. His name is Alex. I feel really bad for Hannah because as I read I'm starting to notice how bad these people really did treat her. If I were Hannah I probably wouldn't want to go to school either. On the other hand, Clay is stressing out about what he did to Hannah. I would be nervous too because other people have watched these tapes before. This means other people know what he did to Hannah.