Why quit smoking

Why quit smoking is a frequent questions that smoker’s ask.  Smoking as a habit has been prevalent over decades now. Smoking has been around and has been used as a stress buster for a long time. Popularized by the cinema in the early times smoking often was regarded as a style statement. Many claim that it calms them down in pressure situations and helps them deal with stress better. However, it is a dangerous habit, and once addicted it may result in several physical and health issues which may even lead to a person’s death.

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!

Is it Worth Smoking?

10 Reasons for Picking the Habit Up

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

The smokers treat all the above as valid points and the non-smokers feel these to

Why Quit Smoking? Well, because 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.

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.

What you should know about Smoking: Making an Informed Choice

If you are a smoker, ‘Quit Smoking’ is the most common advice that you must have received from friends, family, relatives and other well wishers. However, quitting smoking is not the easiest thing to do especially when almost everyone around you seems to be a smoker. 

Though more than 4 million people die every year due to smoking and related illnesses, smoking is very rampant among people of all ages, especially because of the stressful and extravagant lifestyle that we lead in today’s age. In offices and other corporate houses, smoking has almost become a symbol of status and intellect, where people bond over smoke breaks, while for the youth, mainly teenagers it is one of the ‘ultra cool’ things to do.

Hence despite, several awareness campaigns and programs by various NGOs to make people aware of the ill effects of smoking, it is falling flat. In fact statistics show that each year more and more number of people die of smoking alone than by all kinds of accidents put together.

While often it starts with smoking once in a while, inevitably a person gets addicted and finds it very difficult to quit. It is all the more worse for athletes and people with sports backgrounds to be smoking since it affects their body even more adversely.

Smoking can result in some diseases like emphysema, heart diseases, diseases of the coronary arteries, and many other ailments. It also results in discoloration of the lips, psoriasis, ulcers amongst many others. Smoking is also the most common cause for cancer and thus is one of the main causes of the maximum number of cancer related deaths all over the world.

So we see that smoking causes numerous health issues, however what we mostly don’t take into account is the amount of harm it causes to those around us. In fact passive smokers are affected worse due to the fact that they inhale the smoke that is let out along with a large amount of carbon-di-oxide by the smoker.

Not only that, if you are a smoker your child is more likely to suffer from various respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory infections.  
So the next time you light a ‘cancer stick’, as cigarettes are commonly referred to, know that it does immense amount of harm to your body and is probably not worth it to help you relieve temporary stress.

Quitting smoking is perhaps the only way to repair the damage that is caused to your body due to smoking. However like all smokers will agree this is not an easy task, because your motivation and will power have to be extremely strong. Though major ill effects of smoking are not very apparent, it causes irreparable damage to the body in the long run.

Health Risks From Smoking

Adam and Eve had taken the risk of eating the forbidden fruit despite the caution from God. Today the society has left to stone unturned to bring the black side of smoking to the notice of the public.

But still people continue to smoke and some even find romanticism behind the skull and Red Cross symbol or the pictures depicting blackened lungs in doctor’s chambers. So, the tradition continues. 

Why quit smoking? So let's see what's in those little white wrappers...

– Tobacco, being the principle component contains Nicotine that hits the brain. It has got 43 carcinogenic substances and more than 4000 chemical substances, out of which some are toxic enough to generate the charming effects in the human body. It contains 400 other direct toxins, which are found in commonly used wood varnish and rat poison.  So, just imagine the combined effect!

Let's look at some of the disease and conditions these dangerous components can cause

– Tobacco, being the principle component contains Nicotine that hits the brain. It has got 43 carcinogenic substances and more than 4000 chemical substances, out of which some are toxic enough to generate the charming effects in the human body. It contains 400 other direct toxins, which are found in commonly used wood varnish and rat poison.  So, just imagine the combined effect!

– Cigarette is the root cause of the most dreaded scourge of the century, Lung cancer. The research and Study reveals that about 90% lung cancers are triggered of by smoking. As cigarette affects the central nervous system, so it spells its cast to give birth to cancer in various organs of the body like mouth and lips, pancreas, kidney, stomach, urinary bladder, larynx, nose, throat and the esophagus.

– Leukemia has been found to be caused by smoking

– Coughing and sneezing take a turn for the worst due to smoking.

– Smoking has found to trigger off Emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

– Asthma & Short breath are enhanced by smoking. Children are very susceptible to Pneumonia when subjected to passive smoke.

– Mothers smoking cigarettes during their pregnancy risk chances of miscarriage and even delivering premature babies. It has been studied that smoking during pregnancy results in lesser birth weight for the babies.

– Smoking has been observed to affect fertility in humans.

– Vision is affected by Smoking

– Smoking leads to strokes and coronary heart diseases like Heart Attacks.

– “Long-term tobacco use can dull a person’s thinking ability and bring down IQ, according to a new study conducted by a research team at the University of Michigan” 

– Smoking forms ulcers in several parts of the body, the most common one being peptic ulcer.

– Smoking causes burning throats and acidity as it affects the entire metabolic cycle. People after having quit smoking have observed a renewed appetite than their previous stage of smoking.

– Smoking may cause the development of large vessel peripheral vascular diseases and inflammation of veins.

– When a woman smokes she becomes more susceptible to breast cancer.

– Smoking can lead to Tuberculosis.

– Several skin diseases are generated due to smoking.

– People smoking for longer periods, can gather diseases like Heartburn, High Blood Pressure and Insomnia.

Ancient habits die hard but it's time for change

CBN.com reports, “Long before Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World where the Indians there were growing and smoking tobacco”.

This conform the habit of smoking even before the dawn of some civilizations. People may have been aware of its pros and cons much later. The science and research has opened the opposite side of the coin in the recent past.

The public houses, media and mass communication have been fulfilling their obligations. We don’t expect some radical change in such a long tradition. Obviously the time has come, when we all need to rethink and moreover we need to handle smoking cessation with a much emotional and professional touch.

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