Smoking is one of the biggest problems that we face due to the growing list of health problems it causes. This practice, which is said to have begun as early as 5000 BC, has become one of the biggest addiction problems we have ever faced.
Everyone knows that smoking can kill and that it has no health benefits whatsoever. The question is, why are people still not quitting?
In the past, people can smoke anywhere they wanted. Anyone can buy cigarettes and there were less to no restrictions at all. Ads that promote cigarettes were seen in all types of media. TV, radio, and print ads all showed all types of ads that promoted smoking.
Today, we have become more vigilant in fighting this menace to society. There are countries who have passed laws that restrict and ban smoking in all public places. Smoking ads are also no longer allowed to advertise on any media platform. If ads are allowed they would need to include a disclaimer showing a photo and information on why smoking is dangerous to one’s health and well-being.
Everyone knows that smoking can cause so many diseases, despite the long list of health problems many are still hooked. Statistics show that it can shorten a person’s lifespan by 10 years or more. Smokers also spend a lot of hard earned money on something that is destroying their bodies. Imagine the savings a smoker could have had if there were no cigarettes in the budget.
The real culprit is a substance found in tobacco called nicotine. This is a highly addictive substance, just like any other addictive drug. The body adjusts to having nicotine in the system and in order to feel normal, they need to have their supply of nicotine on a regular basis.
There are young people who smoke because they think that it is the cool thing to do. Popular artists projected this image in movies and TV which is being copied by those who idolize them. Some are prone to smoke if a parent or a close family member is a smoker. Stats show that 9 out of 10 smokers start the habit before they are 18 years old.
Hookahs And E-Cigarettes
Since there are now a lot of restrictions being imposed on cigarette smoking, new methods are being promoted in order to get people hooked on tobacco.
Hookahs are water pipes used to inhale tobacco using a hose with a tapered mouthpiece. This is a regular practice of Middle Eastern cafe society. A lie is being spread that hookahs are a safer alternative to cigarettes because the smoke is passed through the water.
This is an outright myth, all you need to do is look at the black residue that builds up in the hookah hose. This gunk can get into the mouth and lungs of water pipe users. They may even be worse than cigarettes because there are no filters and they are used for a longer period of time.
There is also the added risk of germs being passed on because hookahs are usually being shared by a lot of users.
Electronic Cigarettes should be avoided as well. They contain a lot of cancer-causing chemicals and toxins. A compound that is used in antifreeze is also part of the mixture used.
The battery operated device use nicotine filled cartridges with added flavors and chemicals which are converted into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.
There are now new rules that are in place so that these products can be monitored. The hope is that FDA approval will be needed before these products are sold to consumers