Commemorative Speech

In: English and Literature

Submitted By cheezeball
Words 889
Pages 4
Stephen Sung
4/26/2011
Speech 100 JC

Commemorative Speech Outline
Joe, a Friend, an Inspiration, a Hero.

Introduction

Have you ever done something out of peer pressure from a friend or family member?
My friend Joe has. In his case, that something was cigarettes. “According to the American Lung Association, as of 2007 20% of high school students and over forty-six million adults (18+) were current smokers” (Lung). Joe started smoking when he was 14 years old because all of his friends were doing it. He has battled with this addiction for most of his adult life.
So, why is he a hero? For starters I am a current smoker and have been smoking for the better part of eight years. Most importantly, he is an inspiration because he is the only I person I know who has successfully quit smoking. Even though we've been friends for a long time, I had never thought to ask him about why he started and how he was finally able to free himself from his nicotine addiction.

Body (Preview): It started the summer of 1999, the summer before our freshman year of high school.

Joe began smoking cigarettes when he was fourteen years old. A) He was peer pressured into smoking his first cigarette by our mutual friends. 1) He felt that if he turned down the cigarette, he would be ostracized from that group of friends and forced to go through his high school years as a loser. 2) He figured that if had to resort to smoking to survive high school then so be it. B) Through the first couple years of high school, he could get by smoking one or two cigarettes a day. 1) By senior year, smoking had become an addiction, he didn't choose when to smoke, cigarettes made that decision for him. 2)Eventually, his addiction got so bad that his weekly allowance money wasn't enough to cover cigarettes and lunch. a) So he decided to skip lunches entirely.…...

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