Isn’t it alarming, despite knowing the adverse effects of smoking, humans indulge in it as if it’s an important part of their survival and necessary for their existence?
Do they not fear losing their life?
Does the thought of severe lung diseases not affect their mental health?
Why do people, especially millennials and youth find it groovy to smoke?
Let me share with you something which we all can relate to.
We all know someone for whom smoking and drinking is a vital part of life or maybe someone who does it occasionally.
Personally speaking, I know a bunch of people that smoke just for fun, again just millennial’s things.
Smoking has turned into something fashionable by youth, they find it fun and some do it to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, negative thoughts or to escape from reality.
Not long ago, I met a person who was sad over his life, because of some misfortune that happened with him.
After talking to him, I got to know he does occasional smoking because it makes it easier for him to not think about his past.
He finds an escape in smoking, it lessens his pains and sufferings.
Out of curiosity I asked him, ” like how does it help him ease his sufferings?”.
He said, he forgets about everything else and enjoys that act, letting his thoughts fade away with that smoke.
Sounds poetic isn’t it?
Cigarettes cause the brain to release adrenaline, that creates a pleasure of buzz and energy letting the person feel ease.
Have you not heard how addiction helps a person forget their pain?
How they find peace in that moment?
How they tend to detach themselves from the world?
Of course you do, but for you and I, it is an act of foolishness.
Some people indulge in smoking just because they want to experience it.
Yes, people do it because they want to know how it feels to smoke a cigarette.
And after doing it just for the sake of fun, many lose control and pick it up as their habit, which later turns into addiction.
The Western Influence:
The Western world has made a great impact on today’s generation.
Russia banned smoking publicly in 2013 but it’s still an act of jazz among youth.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco.
Smoking is practiced all over China.
It is too common for them to offer a cigarette to their visitors before they themselves light it up, and declining the offer is considered an act of impoliteness.
Indonesia accounts for the world’s highest smoking rates with big tobacco companies, the brands target young smokers by offering various eye-catching deals.
The Netflix and chill gang doesn’t hesitate a bit in picking up their favorite character’s habits.
Smoking Culture is too common in Western countries and so it is evolving in ours.
I won’t blame somebody single handedly.
Because until and unless you want to do something, no one in this world can force you to do that.
Every individual involved in this practice is solely blamed.
How does smoking affect the body?
When you light a cigarette, and take the first puff, the blood circulation in your body gets infected by the various intoxicants present in tobacco.
When you inhale the smoke, the poison in the tar enters the blood.
The smoke not only affects the person exhaling it, but also the people around him/her.
This leads to thickening of blood, increase in heart rate and narrowing of arteries and veins, which in turn leads to the supply of impure oxygen to the various organs, thus affecting them all.
Smokers are more prone to a stroke than non-smokers.
The sooner a person quits smoking, more are the chances of him/her not experiencing a stroke.
Lungs are the most affected organ from smoking.
Lungs can be severely affected by smoking, coughs and colds can be the beginning of something serious.
COPD, a progressive and debilitating disease, is the name for a collection of lung diseases. Including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways and destruction of lung tissue. Typical symptoms of COPD include: increasing breathlessness when active, a persistent cough with phlegm and frequent chest infections.
Whilst the early signs of COPD can often be dismissed as a ‘smoker’s cough’, if people continue smoking and the condition worsens, it can greatly impact on their quality of life. You can slow down the progression of the disease and stopping smoking is the most effective way to do this.
Some unknown facts:
- The life expectancy of a smoker is 10 years less than a non-smoker.
- 9 out of 10 smokers indulge in smoking before the age of 18.
- For every person who dies due to smoking, 20 more people suffer from a smoking related illness.
- Every day, more than 3,200 children and teens under 18 years old smoke their first cigarette. (There are also 2,100 young adults who turn into daily smokers each day.)
- Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are known to cause cancer.
There are various theories and facts that state a habit can be left or can be adopted in just 21 days of practice.
But the struggle behind remains unknown.
When a smoker decides to quit smoking, firstly, he finds it impossible and then the many after effects of not smoking for days haunts him/her.
Once we let something get hold on our lives, it becomes difficult for us to let that thing go.
Same happens with a person trying to quit smoking, they struggle to stop smoking.
This can also be termed as the withdrawal symptoms, which includes:
- Feeling of sadness
- The urge to smoke
- Slow heart rate
- Trouble sleeping
To quote Mark Twain, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world, I know because I have done it thousands of times”.
Nothing is difficult unless we make it difficult, so yes, giving up smoking is as easy as taking it up as a habit, you just have to give it a shot.