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Smoking: An Addiction that Kills.

In this article I've discussed the adverse affects of smoking and how this addiction kills.  

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“Smoking: The most stylish way to cancer” says Jitendra Attra.

Addictions are life threatening. Be it the addiction to nostalgia, the addiction to self harm, the addiction to drama, the addiction to opinions of other people or the addiction to smoking. Addictions are like slow poison, they eat you up on the inside gradually and you only realize once it is too late.

 Lighting a lighter every morning with the hope that this 70-120mm cigarette is going to sort out all the mess one has to face during the day or will simplify the mess that life has to offer. If this was the case, then smokers should be the happiest people alive on earth and clearly they are not which is further worsening the situation.

“Smoking is injurious to health” A phrase that is learnt by rote in childhood. We are all aware that smoking causes cancer, lung and heart diseases. It can cost a smoker thousands of dollars every year. It can shorten your life by ten or more years. Yet the same individuals smoke a packet or two of cigarettes without any reluctance.  

Smoking is a habit that is tough to get rid of as tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive. Initially, it is started by youngsters to look cool sometimes.  Some genetic and biological factors contribute as well. Parental smoking adds to the factors, while few smoke because of their social circle, stress or high blood pressure. Undoubtedly nicotine changes brain chemistry and helps you feel more relaxed but the feeling doesn’t last long. People have different reasons but smoking is mainly observed in individuals below the age of eighteen.         

When someone smokes a cigarette they are not only hurting themselves, but others around them also known as second hand smoking. Cigarette smoking affects nearly all organs in the body. Tobacco is causing one death in every six seconds and will reach to eight million deaths annually in the world, by 2030 (Albawaba). A single cigarette that you crave smoking daily contains over 4000 toxic substances including, Arsenic (present in rat poisons), Acetic acid (present in hair dye developer), Ammonia (present in household cleaners), Benzene (present in rubber cement), Butane (present in lighter fluid), Carbon Monoxide (present in car fumes), Hydrazine and Methanol (present in rocket fuel), Tar (present in roads).  Are you aware of the fact that out of a group of 1000 smokers (age 25-30), that a full quarter of them (250) will die of smoking-related illnesses prior to completing middle age, an additional quarter will die prematurely from smoking-related illnesses shortly after retirement age, and another large group will develop debilitating chronic illnesses as a result of their smoking.

Do you ever look at smokers and think about their reasons to put their life at stake often times? Staying away from addictions is certainly the toughest task but the sooner you realize, the better it is. And once you realize and decide to quit, it doesn’t seem as difficult. Smoking is ultimately a choice; it is your responsibility to choose whether or not you will continue to smoke. Chained smokers can’t quit smoking within a day or a month, it is a gradual process. Start by reducing the number of cigarettes per day.  Professionals suggest throwing away all smoking paraphernalia, including, lighters, ashtrays, and cigarette cases which can trigger smokers to smoke. Smokers are also advised to stay away from other smokers until they are confident enough to not pick up a cigarette themselves. As in addition to breaking a routine and nicotine withdrawal, the smoker is faced with a constant fear of missing out. When quitting, know that the first few days are the hardest. So don't give up.

A smoking free life will make you energetic, give you better looks, you will have money in your pocket, and in the long run, a lengthy and long life to live.

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