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In solid form, tar is the brown, tacky substance that is left behind on the end of the cigarette filter. It stains a smoker's teeth and fingers brown and coats everything it touches with a brownish-yellow film.

Tar in cigarette smoke paralyzes the cilia in the lungs and contributes to lung diseases such as:

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June 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm
(1) Ariel simon says:

i have been smoking for 5 years and i was diagnosed with lung cancer….. and i regret those 5 years .. please all you smokers take my advice…. STOP SMOKING!

December 9, 2008 at 7:58 am
(2) Sam says:

hello
Im 14 and i think smoking is disgusting
it harms you and it stinks
thank you
:)
xxx

February 12, 2009 at 4:47 am
(3) carla goadby says:

i thnk that smoking should go up to the age of 21 and drinking also. this is because then you are an adult and you no what it is you want out of life. i think that you should think about life to come. i am 15 years old and this is what i think. what do you think?

February 27, 2009 at 12:14 pm
(4) bobaloo says:

im 17 and ive been smoking for the past 4 years now. and it doesnt matter what age limit you set for buying cigarettes. kids will always find a way to get them. I have not had any symptoms of any sort, i feel just fine, except i hate the smell it leaves on my clothes.

March 6, 2009 at 9:01 am
(5) paige trotter says:

i think its RANK,
nearly everybody in my year smoke and they come in to school stinking of it.
i think that its not fair on other people coz we smoke it when they pass “/
and that i think they sould stop or, dont have it all the time

;]

March 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm
(6) Tori says:

I have tried smoking once and never tried again because of the awful smell and the digusting taste it leaves in your mouth. I went to a school where half of the year tens smoked and which they would waste there money and be totally addicted and couldn’t quit. Altogether never try smoking because my dads been smoking as a young teenagers where hes in his fifties now and finds it hard to quit!

March 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm
(7) janice says:

I tried smoking cigarette at the age of 9 because of curiosity, and because I see adults do it. I started as a smoker at the age of 14, and I quit at the age of 17. I was a heavy smoker, I noticed the changes in my body, like hard in breathing, dizzines,I easily get tired when I go for a run, and I had a dark spot on the right side of my lip because that’s where I usually inhale the smoke. After I quit, after a year that I haven’t smoke, I realized that it really stink! haha. after weeks of not smoking, The dark spot was gone. I am now 19, I advice teenagers not to smoke. If you started smoking in your adolescent stage, you might have a possibility that you will smoke until you grow older. some kids think about quitting. why start?

March 25, 2009 at 11:15 am
(8) Brittany says:

hey im 14
and i smoke and its a bad habit to kick
but they calm my nerves !!!!!
they help me with everything!

April 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(9) kari says:

ive been smoking 4 a while im 15 and i have trouble breathing already so all u smokers out there it will hurt and damage your lungs so STOP!!! now because i kno from experience it is dangerous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 4, 2009 at 4:26 am
(10) Robt says:

I met a woman on the internet 3 years ago who said she’d quit smoking after 20 years. Now, she’s smoking again due to several reasons: either she’s trying to get her weight down which is down now due to ulcers and they’re under control via Prevacid and or stressed out. She tells me to leave her alone and that she’ll quit eventually. I love her and tell her i can’t kiss her or be intimate with her due to her smoking. Everytime she’s upset, she ‘s got to have a cigarette. I was told by someone not to harp to her about it, but if i had a crystal ball to fortell the future, i wouldn’t met this woman, but i did. It’s hard to find someone to fall in love with that would put up with each others human faults. Someone email me a letter so i can show her. Her name is Liz. Thanks, Robert.

April 29, 2009 at 10:25 am
(11) Deshondria Jones says:

I think that smoking is very harmful
this makes you stink and your breath stink. I don’t understand why people use the nasty things. I think when guys smoke it’s unattractive to me.Well if there’s any smokers that looks at this comment PLEASE STOP SMOKING everytime you smoke think of it as killing yourself slowly!!!!!

May 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm
(12) smoking stinks (literally!) says:

I’m doing a report on smoking and im finding a lot of information. im also realizing how discusting smoking is. im never ever going to be a smoker!

May 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm
(13) Bridgette says:

Okay hi :)
Well ya shure enogh im 13.
I got peer pressured in smoking.
And i still smoke i started when i was 10 thats relly rellly young and i know that..
My parents dont no and hopefully they wont find out.
And I wish i could quit and i know i can but when i see it i want it.
It is so dang addicting..
I want to quit so bad im in dance softball and volley ball. and track.
And i need to quit i am having hard time breathing lately.
And i hate that feeling.
And when i get up now i get light headed all the time.
It never used to be like this and it sucks.
Big time.
And now i regret even starting.
But it makes me feel cool to tell the truth.
And relly its not not at all..
But ya By..

July 31, 2009 at 8:25 pm
(14) Cigarette Dude... says:

Well I think it depends on how you smoke also, because in my case I’ve just started the habit on smoking not to long ago (like about 2 months and I’m 15) and what I do is I inhale but I don’t pass it back to the lungs, you get me? I mean like I keep it in my mouth for like 1 or 2 secs. and I wouldn’t inhale again (once the smoke is in my mouth) to pass it in my mouth… that’s what I mean and also I’m THAT addicted to it. Sometimes I feel like smoking once every two weeks and if I don’t have any… I wouldn’t FREAK OUT! But I do know that it could cause gum disease >= /

August 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm
(15) sandeep says:

Im 14 years old and my father died because of smoking when i was 10 my dad died when he was 45 that is why i hate cigarrettes, also my father was going to become a millionaire but he spent all his money on ciggarettes which made my mother suffering and working alone because she gets a little pay and she cannot get support. Heres a message to smokers dont smoke because even if u are a even millionaire or a billionaire and u smoke you will get addicted to ciggarettes so much then all money will go like sand coming out your hands. Also your family would suffer, if u cont quit for your self quit for your family or your selfish.

September 3, 2009 at 9:14 am
(16) Jacobey Patten says:

stop smoking please i lost my aunt from that.

September 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm
(17) TABI ENOW says:

I am helping youth in my country in Cameroon in Africa to quit cigarettes and other related addictive drugs i need to be hooked up with organisations that can assist this very dangerous issue out of my country.

October 19, 2009 at 4:49 am
(18) elina says:

ew i hate smokers sometimes but i hate the smell most of my relatives smoke and it makes me dizzy and even some of my friends do and i try helping them and once it worked then i lost a lot of people from smoking
please stop now
):

October 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm
(19) Frank says:

Hey im 17 years of age and i started when i was 11. I thought it was cool and all and now i feel drained of energy. I hate the smell but i still do it anyway. I dont like cigarettes and when i was younger i used to hide my moms so she would hopefully quit, but it didn’t work. To this day my mom still does and she has hard times breathing and she coughs. But anyway cigarettes make me tired and not wanting to do anything. Before i smoked i used to do anything anyone can possibly imagine. But now it sucks smoking cuz i cant do anything about smoking. It is addictive.
How i started was peer pressure. i was sttin on a swing and my friend was smoking and told me to take a drag and he kept asking me untill i finally did. And look where it got me.
I have a job and get paid every two weeks and when i get my pay i spent most of it on smokes

When i dont have one i am more energetic and i have a bad and short fuse.

I will sit there and find ways to get smokes even if i have to take sme from the ashtray.

I hate this habit and want it to stop but i just cant seem to end it.

Well thats my story i see yall l8er

October 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm
(20) suckie says:

i think smoking is bad and once u start it is very hard to quite i am only 14 years old and my life is surrounded by smoking family and friends

November 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm
(21) Ayeshmaaaaa x says:

I’m 13 and I’ve been around smoking a lot. First of all, my dad smokes. So it’s bad enough having to see him slowly kill himself and smell the smoke. Then there are people at school who smoke. I don’t know who they are, but I know they do. Smoking is wrong. It should be illegal, but the government don’t care, they just want people to elect them. Anyway, it is so deadly, I don’t understand why people do it. I do understand it is addictive, but they have to get a grip. And also, some people don’t even want to quit! That’s just bad. But seriously, all smoking does is harm you. It doesn’t have any good outcomes. I want my dad to live to be able to see me get married and have kids. If he goes before that, it’s going to be heartbreaking. Me, my mum and my sister have told him to stop, but he never will. I don’t know what to do. Just everyone, stop smoking. It’s going to be a whole lot good for you. x

February 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm
(22) Brett says:

JUST DON’T EVER START SMOKING!!! OTHERWISE YOU MAY NEVER STOP AND THAT WILL KILL YOU SO DON’T EVEN TRY! YOU WON’T BE COOL IF YOU DO IT AND IF YOU HAVE A JOB IT RUINS EVERYTHING! I HAVE BEEN SMOKING FOR 4 YEARS NOW AND I HAVE LUNG CANCER. IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A LONG HEALTHY LIFE, DON’T START!!!

March 8, 2010 at 11:31 am
(23) Aussie-Dreamer says:

Smoking was fun, but i quit and now it is better. I would recommend not smoking. I am 14. :)

March 15, 2010 at 11:42 am
(24) michelle says:

I have been smoking since i was 17 years old…its good until you get the diseases so I stopped.

March 31, 2010 at 10:59 am
(25) jak says:

(to comment 14) that is the worst way to smoke because you have a higher risk of cancer in your mouth and throat..

April 19, 2010 at 9:51 am
(26) racheal says:

i think if people want to smoke its there chocie bu twhen your around small children to stop becaus e you could ruin there lives

April 26, 2010 at 10:42 am
(27) Jordan Ray says:

Smoking is horrible for enviroment and for everyone around them. Smoking kills someone with lung cancer every 15 mintues.

May 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(28) Ali says:

dont be a poo and smoke coz you’ll get cancer and die.

May 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm
(29) evan says:

i think smoking is disgusting we are learning it in class so far A”S

June 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(30) kasey says:

i am all against smoking, both my parents smoke and i encourage everyone to take all the health issues smoking causes into consideration before ‘lighting one up’ :)

July 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm
(31) Bugzie says:

i’m 54 going for a triple bypass, i think i said enough, QUIT NOW. because its to late

August 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm
(32) kirt says:

i think that smoking should be illigal i am 10 i just hate it i say it should be illigal defedently

October 19, 2010 at 12:05 am
(33) cj says:

stop smoking its bad for you it will kill u and frends and i agree with you kirt by the way im 11

November 15, 2010 at 9:37 am
(34) FANNY says:

YOU KNOW. PEOPLE SMOKE BECAUSE OF CURIOSTY. THEY THINK THAT SMOKING IS HANDSOME WHICH CAN SHOW THAT YOU ARE MATURE . THEREFORE , MANY SMOKER START SMOKING WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG. HOWEVER, THERE ARE ALREADLY MANY TALKS IN SCHOOLS TO GUIDE THE TEENAGER TO STAY AWAY FROM SMOKING. BUT THE PROBLEM OF TEENAGER SMOKING IS STILL SEVERE . HOW CAN WE SOLVE THE PROBLEM?

November 22, 2010 at 7:43 am
(35) Sophie&Alex says:

wee think that smoking is discusting
:)

November 28, 2010 at 2:48 am
(36) Tam says:

hey im 15 and i never tried smoking and plan on never trying, my mother however, is a smoker and unfortunaltey has faces some concequences which is coughing, hard time breathing the physical ability to excercise. although she is in good shape i know she suffers inside. The only reason why she smokes is because if stress form the people around her.My pops always pressures her and it gets frustraiting at times. We make it through in the end but only with h er smoking and calming things down, my whole famnily smokes and i admit, i have tried sheesha, it made me feel relaxed but i have my ehad back on track and decided not to rely on sources that can kill me. so all you smokers be stronger that that, quit and save your selves.

December 6, 2010 at 5:45 am
(37) SAM HODGER says:

I HAVE SUFFERED A LOSS DUE TO SMOKING PLZ STOP !!!

January 5, 2011 at 4:53 am
(38) alex says:

smoking is discusting is is addicting and now adays i seem to see all these little kids smoking coz the think it is cool i can tell you now it aint cool and you dont look big so beafore you waste your life and money STOP SMOKING

January 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm
(39) jonathan says:

nice topic i like everything

January 20, 2011 at 11:53 am
(40) amie says:

I KNOW I’M ONLY 12 YEARS OLD, BUT WE WERE LEARNING ABOUT SMOKING IN SCIENCE. IT’S DISGUSTING, STOP!

January 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm
(41) Emily says:

SMOKING IS NASTY! U r inhaling tar and rat poison. I do not see how that is cool. Yeah id rlly want a husband whos breath smells like he just died in a crap fire.. or kiss a guy like that :P

February 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(42) Kayla says:

i think smoking is disgusting. My mum smokes and it makes the house stink. my nan and my grandad but got lung cancer through smoking and my grandad died and my nan is living of one lung.
so my advice is

STOP SMOKING!!!!!!!!

February 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm
(43) ashton says:

im 12, and think smoking is horrible. nobody in my family smoke and hopefully will never start. I would never start smoking because is seriously harms your health and makes you stink!

February 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm
(44) ew says:

smoking is nasty so never do it! in 6th grade my friend in my class started smoking the two weeks later it got in her brain and she was messed up! then in a month shes pregnat! not cool! so ya ok if you want to be pregnat with a baby at eleven go ahead and smoke on! but just a warning i havent even heard about her in forever! now im in eleventh grade and she is probably dead because she kept smoking! so dont ever smoke! i still in my life have never tried on puff of cigaret!

March 17, 2011 at 11:53 am
(45) fatin says:

how did they STOP? welll thats easy, if you want to stop smoking try this . first throw allll you cigarette that you kept, then try to go and buy chewing gum so that you won’t smoked. if that won’t work then try to visit GOGGLE then typed “HOW TO STOP SMOKING”. then youm will see a label says “STOP SMOKING TIPS” there you will see alot of tips of how to stop smoking, if you try this i hope you sucess and have a healthy LIFE!!!!!!!!!!! sooooooo STOP SMOKING AND HAVE A HEALTHY LIFE IN YOUR INTIRE LIFE!!!
BE HEALTHY AND BE HAPPY :3 TEE HEE

March 31, 2011 at 11:59 am
(46) Emily says:

my nanny died of smoking when i was 5. i miss her so much and so does our whole family. i can’t understand why anyone would start smoking now because, unlike when my nanny was alive, people know the dangers.
People who smoke today should stop being so selfish and think about the families and friends they will leave behind. Smoking may not kill everyone, but do you want to risk it for your own selfish wants? i will never smoke and i think whoever is thinking about starting should not, and whoever is already smoking should think again. and then quit.
R.I.P my nanny, and everyone else who will die of smoking

April 28, 2011 at 6:54 am
(47) Mc Nemesis (Jonny) says:

Young kid’s will always get there older friend’s to get them fag’s so i dont matter ive been smoking for the past 4 years and it helps me calm down but it is no good i am always out of breath all then time can’t run down a field without being red and out of breath so everyone should quit and fast :) xxx

May 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm
(48) boof says:

smoking is no affence but stupid and I recon they should ban it from now onwards:)

May 20, 2011 at 4:26 am
(49) brokenone says:

a word of wisdom and advice
as women looking for attractive males, i find that cigarette smoke is very offensive. once i smell it on a guy i immedietly think of how gross he is. no matter what anybody says, smelling like cigarette or any kind of drug smoke it extremely repelling and unattractive. seriously dont do it

August 13, 2011 at 4:59 am
(50) joho says:

stop smoking…
even better don’t ever try it…

October 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm
(51) unknown says:

nasty!!!!!!!!!!

November 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm
(52) anonymous person says:

to the people who smokes, please stop. i lost my grandfather because of this when i was 7. i barely know him n i miss him. i have tried smoking once when i was 8 because one of my uncle had a cigarette left on the ashtray n i was curious. at the age of 8, what do u know of smoking? as i said i was curious, i inhale n i started coughing..i never tried again after that. now im 15, in year 10 and probably 90% of students in my school smokes. they often smoke outside or goes hide in the bush far away from the school building in the field. i have a friend who smokes n she smokes n i hate the smell. she got the cigarettes from her sister, who also smoke. i dont see why teenagers thinks that smoking is cool because it’s not. smoking kills, it may calm your nerves but it’s not worth it. if u smoke, quit. NOW.

n i also have seen younger kids in the lower school smoking n i thought, what the hell happened to world nowadays?

November 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(53) lol catz says:

smoking is bad ok. you shouldn’t do it because when you are smoking you are taking in all of the tar and stuff like that.

November 19, 2011 at 11:53 am
(54) jess says:

i think smoking is a discusting thing to do, why would you want to die early because your body can not survice with all the fumes inside it. I am 15 and i know smokers who are younger than me who smoke quite alot. This is really bad because they are slowly decreasing their years of life. My grandad smoked and died from it, this has put me off smoking because i do not want to leave my family and friends by having lung disease like he did.
thank you :)

January 22, 2012 at 9:10 am
(55) Jacob says:

I am 14 years old.
i believe that smoking is disrespectful to those who don’t smoke around you. This is because the reason for the people who don’t smoke around you, is they have the mental discipline and composure not to kill yourself and other people around you in the long term. it also is because they have the wisdom and knowledge.

for every cigarette you smoke, you lose seven precious minutes of your life. don’t be selfish and waste your life on short term pleasure, because there are some people out there who are born with problems and disabilities, and can’t live the life to the full. but you can. take what you have got and don’t throw it away.

January 22, 2012 at 9:14 am
(56) Jacob says:

DON’T SMOKE

January 30, 2012 at 11:59 am
(57) Suziface says:

My hubby who is 60, smoked most of his life has now been told he must give up due to having a mini stroke, [TIA] Herbal fags have no nicotin but still contain a small amount of tar, Are they a no go also. Can anyone advise. Didnt really get too much help from the quit smoking people as they said not much is known about herbal fags Thanks

February 9, 2012 at 5:20 am
(58) quitsmoking says:

Inhaling smoke into delicate lung tissue is not healthy, regardless of whether the smoke comes from tobacco or herbs. There are a number of quit aids on the market today that ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Suggest to your husband that he consult his doctor about options that would work best for him. Best, Terry Martin — Guide to About.com Smoking Cessation

February 13, 2012 at 1:38 am
(59) kathryn says:

I smoked my first cigarette when I was 15 just because I wanted to know what it was like. I never became like a full-time smoker, I would have a cigarette or two if I was at a party. Now I’m 19 and I smoke a little bit every few months or so. I can pick up a cig, smoke it and not smoke for 6 months or however long. I just like it occasionally. Actually… Pretty rarely.

March 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm
(60) KLS says:

I have a friend who got into smoking at the age of 11. she was with older people and they got her to smoke. she gave up. and was happy enough but then she started having problems with her life. Whenever she hugs me i can smell it on her and i have tried to stop her but i can’t. she smokes on the way to school now and we are only 13! i wish smoking was illegal! i hate the smell and the smoke! you WILL die of LUNG CANCER!!!

May 10, 2012 at 7:13 am
(61) bill the pirate says:

i think that smoking is like not cool and it shouldn’t happen

May 22, 2012 at 4:16 am
(62) seren says:

i am 14 and i think that smoking is silly and it never helped any one if any thing it kills
thank you :) xx

May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm
(63) judinemelissa says:

i believe that smoking not only kills the person smoking it but the person indirectly inhaling it from them. it shouldn’t be so they should pay a fine if caught in public. See am not even smoking and the particles are being dispersed in the air into my house and subsequently into my lungs. itttttttttttts WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( “estoy harta de”)

June 3, 2012 at 8:25 am
(64) ishwar says:

thats why i never smoke

November 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm
(65) cheryl says:

NEVER SMOKE!

April 7, 2013 at 11:29 am
(66) Jack says:

i think that whatever the age, people are going to smoke whether there is an age limit or not, take it from me, i walk past the shop everyday seeing kids from the ages as young of 10 asking to buy them fags. An Age ban wont stop people smoking

May 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm
(67) #bemyhero says:

Wow…Very helpful…u stated the answer in a short amount of words!! Rate:5 out of 5

September 19, 2013 at 4:48 am
(68) Lance Marley says:

I have smoked for 20yrs and i quit a month ago on my sons birthday because i realised i love my son and my wife soo much that i would never wish to leave them because of smoking….Its good to realise that smoking means fire on one end and a fool in the other end.

December 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(69) cocoloco says:

DONT SMOKE !!!! IT KILLS YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm
(70) Jordan says:

I’m 11 and my dad smokes it is truly horrible I hate it when he smokes because I have heard about cancer and air don’t want him to get it

Thanks
Jordan

February 22, 2014 at 9:36 am
(71) Disgusted and Disapproving says:

Why are there even POSITIVE comments on smoking?! Smoking is just a slower version of taking drugs…it WILL kill you eventually…and those smokers out there who say smoking is enjoyable, well, you aren’t on your deathbed yet. DON’T SMOKE! And if you do, QUIT before it is too late. I may be only 15, but on this subject, I KNOW for sure my conviction is better than any smoking adult’s.

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