Is Smoking Worth It?

We’re Creatures of Habit

“Form good habits…be a good person” is the universal motherly advice every one of us can recall when we scratch the realm of our memories. Tiny tots and youngsters are forever bound, protected and guided by their seniors and elderly in order to help them on to tread the path laid on time tested principles of honesty and good behavior. Yet sometimes unknowingly they take the forbidden route just to prove things for the heck of it.

Due to the extreme stress, strain and stretch of the competitive world around any person today is more susceptible to succumb to pressure and buckle under it. Here’s where the need for addiction in any form arises which however provides only temporary solace rather than erasing the real cause. We sometimes latch on to it and slowly get further and further suck into its false whirlpool leading us to lose our will power.

An addiction simply adheres itself to our self-belief eroding it gradually by digging into it. We just remain a shade of our previous selves hereby taking a short cut to a track that leads us to more acute physical and mental problems. Any addiction can be overcome, any bad patch overridden if only we could endure it by facing it head-on keeping the following lines from Kipling in mind. If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds worth of distance run Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it And – which is more – you’ll be a MAN!

The Ugly Truth

  • Tobacco usage causes more than 430,000 adult deaths per year in the United States.
  • Around 5 million under 18 years will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases.
  • More than 4,000 chemicals have been identified in tobacco smoke of which at least 43 cause cancer in humans and animals
  • Exposure to passive smoking, 3,000 nonsmokers die of lung cancer every year.
  • 150,000 to 300,000 infants and children less than 18 months experience lower respiratory tract infections. Asthma and other respiratory conditions often are triggered or worsened by tobacco smoke.
  • Smoking among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders varies between 18% to 40% (including 9% to 13% females)
  • Tobacco use is linked with numerous adverse health outcomes, disability, and death across a spectrum, including heart disease, cancer, and chronic lung disease.

10 Reasons for Picking the Habit Up

  • A sudden rise of energy level to combat stress, stretch and strain of our daily schedule
  • A concentration pill
  • To overcome frustration due to the indomitable desire of achieving the very best even beyond our limits
  • To bridge the gap between our desired aspirations and hard core reality
  • Already Addicted and finds no valid reason to quit
  • A style in the society
  • The additional energy level for repeated sexual interaction in a row
  • To avoid boredom
  • Its a tradition and doctor’s advise is a foolish notion
  • Just to enjoy

The smokers treat all the above as valid points and the non-smokers feel these to be just excuses they don’t really understand.

Smoking Ain’t Cool

The following factors induct the youth into tobacco usage in which nicotine is found which results in addiction. These are responsible for initiation of the adolescent amongst whom 76% of the daily smokers believe that in 5 years they would not be smoking. However the trend shows that 5 to 6 years later 73 percent of these persons continue to smoke having built up yet another make believe resolution to quit smoking in another 5 years when life would cool down a bit. 46 percent of the daily smokers however do succeed in having stopped smoking for at least some periods during the first 5-year phase. Yet remarkable there is a less than 3 percent population though insignificant who stop smoking permanently.

Tragically this habit that starts as a style spreads its roots from an age when most people just begin to give shape to their dreams, ambitions and careers. This ‘style becomes killer’ tip toeing on the sands of time snuffing out lives leaving behind in its trail more than 5 million years of potential life lost every year the world over.

  • Socio demographic factors like coming from a family with low socioeconomic status.
  • Environmental factors include easy accessibility and availability of tobacco products, cigarette advertising and promotion by legends and stars and the widespread affordability of tobacco due to its low price.
  • Personal factors include borrowed perceptions from peers and siblings that ‘tobacco use is normal’ and lack of parental involvement.
  • Low self-esteem and the lack of ability to refuse offers to use tobacco further fuels the wrong notion that tobacco use benefits.

Facts About Tobacco in America

  • Men are more susceptible to smoking than women.
  • American Indians or Alaska Natives are more likely to smoke than other ethnic groups.
  • Hispanics and Asians or Pacific Islanders are more prone than the rest.
  • Highest smoking levels are found amongst the Vietnamese and Korean Asian Americans
  • Gay men and lesbians smoke more frequently than heterosexuals.  While individuals with 16 or more years of education or in middle or high income groups have the lowest smoking rates

Smoke and Pay the Consequences

  • Smoke from ALL CIGARETTES damage the human body, as any amount of it is injurious to health. Surprisingly cigarettes are perhaps the only advertised products whose consumption causes CANCER.
  • It is a completely wrong notion that smoking fewer filtered cigarettes has no negative impact whatsoever. Even a habit of 1 to 4 cigarettes a day has serious consequences making an individual more prone, with a high chance of dying at an earlier age.
  • It is hardly relevant whether one puffs a high-tar, low-tar or high-nicotine, low-nicotine brand, as the risks remain same. Moreover under the belief of the alternates being safer one ends up smoking more number of cigarettes than the usual. The harm caused remains same as the individual often ends up taking deeper puffs more frequently to a shorter butt length. Hence the dose of the intoxicating nicotine that is the addictive drug remains unchanged. Studies confirm that chances of lung cancer are in no way lower in low-tar or low-nicotine smokers. Nicotine taken in small amounts attacks the brain and central nervous system giving rise to pleasant sensations affecting the mood of the smoker and enhancing his nature of wanting to smoke more. Thus an individual becomes absolutely dependent resulting in physical withdrawal symptoms when he tries to overcome his near fatal injurious to health habit. Whenever an individual looses his calm, relaxed self artificially attained through smoking he feels nervous and restless, the direct output of non-smoking.

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