Smoking has been and is a major stigma in today’s world among people of all age groups. Nearly every single person is found surrounded by that air of smoke around him/her. They find themselves attracted to it because it contains nicotine, which is highly addictive.
Why do People Smoke?
It is an Addiction:
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth. Some doctors claim it’s more addictive than heroin and cocaine! Not only does it stimulate the brain, but it enters the bloodstream and calms the nerves. It keeps smokers coming back for more.
After smoking for years, the body gets used to the nicotine that flows through the blood. So, people tend to feel the urge for a cigarette that is a source of nicotine which can be provided to the body.
It is a social habit. When others around you are smoking, you practically feel like you should be doing the same. In a way, it’s a bonding activity that makes it easier to talk with others who are smoking. Many people consider themselves “social smokers”, but over time they will begin to smoke cigarettes outside of social events.
As teens, the spirit of adventure and experiments flow deeply especially when something is forbidden. They would love to dare the consequences and feel good with it especially when not caught in the act. This relates to cigarettes too. Usually, parents do not allow their teens to smoke. Therefore, this becomes very attractive. It is exciting to get cigarettes and sneak away to smoke without being caught.
To Look Cool:
If their friends or peers smoke, they may feel pressured into doing the same to be accepted. Most of the teenagers think that smoking is ‘cool’ and a fun thing to do. One more reason to it is that if they have been in an environment where smokers have been there, for instance, their parents, they tend to get curious about that. As they grow up and become independent, they try smoking, which eventually leads to addiction.
To Feel Relaxed and Stress Buster:
This happens to mostly adults. They may have a lot of stress and pressures because of economic and personal problems. All these people may smoke to feel relaxed or to give them energy while going through a hard time.
Most of the working people smoke as they think that a puff of nicotine reduces their stress levels and makes them feel relieved. This happens as cigarettes create conditions that help the body to deal with anxiety, depression or stress.
They Love It:
Finally, there are people who say they love to smoke. This act gives them pleasure. It just makes them feel good. It makes them feel someone else.
Why Not to Smoke?
We, at Health and Hale, believe that Health is Wealth. Smoking is an act that worsens our health. Various effects are as mentioned:
Experts agree that tobacco is the single biggest avoidable cause of cancer in the world. But cigarettes causes almost over a quarter (28 percent) of cancer deaths in the UK and nearly one in five cancer cases. And smoking doesn’t only cause cancer. It also causes tens of thousands of deaths each year in the UK from other conditions, including heart and lung problems.
Makes Victim of Various Diseases:
Cigarettes can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer.
Every day one thousand Americans quit smoking- By DYING!!
Reduces Brain Capacity:
Smoking affects the nervous system and reduces the neuron’s capacity of carrying information. It also slows down our reflexes and makes us lazy.
Effects Respiratory System:
When you inhale smoke, you’re taking in substances that can damage your lungs. Over time, your lungs lose their ability to filter harmful chemicals. Coughing can’t clear out the toxins sufficiently, so these toxins get trapped in the lungs. Smokers have a higher risk of respiratory infections, colds, and flu.
Oral and Digestive Problem:
Tobacco use can cause gum inflammation (Gingivitis) or infection (Periodontitis). These problems can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and bad breath. Smoking also increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, and oesophagus. Smokers have higher rates of kidney cancer and pancreatic cancer. Even cigar smokers who don’t inhale are at increased risk of mouth cancer.
Sexual and Reproductive Problems:
Restricted blood flow can affect a man’s ability to get an erection. Both men and women who smoke may have difficulty achieving orgasm and are at higher risk of infertility. Women who smoke may experience menopause at an earlier age than non-smoking women. Smoking increases a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. Smokers experience more complications of pregnancy, including miscarriage, problems with the placenta, and premature delivery.
Then How Can I Stop It?
The Motivation Can Help You:
- Quitting by age 40 and preferably earlier, avoids nearly all the risks.
- After quitting within 12 hours carbon dioxide levels decrease and oxygen levels increase.
- Within 3 months, heart attack risk drops and lung functions improve.
- Within 1 year, the risk of sudden heart attack is cut in half and within 5 years risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus and bladder is halved.
These statistics can be your motivation to quit smoking today!
DELAY, AVOID, REPLACE
Details of the same are as followed:
- DELAY: An urge to smoke lasts less than five minutes. Every time you feel an urge, find something else to do (preferably something you enjoy), and your urges will come less frequently. This is how you will succeed in deprogramming yourself.
- AVOID: The idea is to avoid as much as you can. Keep yourself busy in other things and say “NO” if someone offers you a cigarette. Have faith in your will power and in your decision to avoid. Avoid negative thoughts and see your goals.
- REPLACE: Replace your cigarette packets with something else. Something else that you are fond of (say, chewing gum). Look for other activity that gives you pleasure (Don’t mistake pleasure for happiness). Reward yourself on not smoking a cigarette for a period of time and at last, extend this period for infinite time.
- Life’s Vibrant Hues are Way Too Beautiful and Precious to be Distorted by the SMOKE of CIGARETTES!
Ultimately, the choice resides with you. You have to push yourself as no one else will do it for you. Your life is your own responsibility.
We strongly believe that we should Make Choices and Not Wishes!
One important thing that we can conclude here is that Cigarettes are Killers that Travels in Packets. Smoking is like paying someone to kill you; they’re rich whereas you’re dead! Tobacco companies kill their best customers. Promise yourself not to be one.
Quit Smoking, not Life!