No matter how you smoke it, tobacco is dangerous to your health. There are no safe substances in any tobacco products, from acetone and tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide. Despite the worldwide fall of the smoking percentages, the number of cigarette smokers has increased due to population growth, according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. So, in this case, which side of the population are you on? Do you smoke?
Why you smoke?
Here are some reasons that the smokers come up with:
- Smoking is a pleasure.
- It gives me more energy.
- Smoking helps me relax when I am tense, upset, or depressed.
- I crave cigarettes; it is an addiction.
- Smoking relieves my boredom and loneliness.
- It helps control my weight.
- Smoking helps me fit in with other people.
Smoking is less socially acceptable now than ever. Today, almost all workplaces have some type of smoking rules. Some employers even prefer to hire non-smokers. Landlords may choose not to rent to smokers since maintenance costs and insurance rates may rise when smokers live in buildings. Friends may ask you not to smoke in their homes or cars. Public buildings, concerts, and even sporting events are largely smoke-free. And more and more communities are restricting smoking in all public places, including restaurants and bars. Smokers may also find their prospects for dating or romantic involvement, including marriage, are largely limited to other smokers, who make up less than 21% of the adult population.
Tobacco smoke contains over 60 known cancer-causing chemicals. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, causing many diseases and reducing health in general. The mortality rate for smokers is three times that of people who never smoked. While the effects of smoking may not be immediate, the complications and damage can last for years. The good news is that quitting smoking can reverse many effects. Your risk of heart disease will start to decrease, and after 15 years of not smoking, your risk will fall to the same level as that of a non-smoker. Just try to replace smoking with other behaviors. Distract yourself and keep your hands busy. Try a new hobby, chew gum, sip on water or exercise! Being active can curb nicotine cravings and ease some withdrawal symptoms. When you want to reach for a cigarette, put on your jogging shoes instead. Even mild exercise helps, such as walking your dog or pulling weeds in the garden. The calories you burn through the gym or home workout will also prevent you from gaining weight as you quit smoking.
Beside these accepted truths about being a smoker, we really want to hear your side and opinions on smoking. Let us know if you smoke or if you are totally against it with your reasons.