Many wonder what’s great about smoking a cigarette. Why do people smoke? The foul habit is often compared to the pollutants that are coughed out by vehicles. But in spite of the awful ‘smoking is injurious to health’ ads that movie-goers have to endure before the movie begins in a cinema theater, people continue holding in their hand what’s also known as the cancer stick. Here are few reasons that why you should quit smoking and should enter into the life full of energy and enjoyment. Quitting is the most important decision you can make for your health, family, and happiness.

Each year smoking kills more people than all traffic accidents, illegal drugs, alcohol, fires, falls, and AIDS combined. Smoking also causes many health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, breathing problems, dental problems, eye and ear problems, bone problems, sex and reproductive problems, and skin problems. If you suffer from a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, or heart disease, please see page 44 for more information about how tobacco use and quitting affects these conditions specifically. Smoking can also cause health problems due to “Secondhand Smoke.” This refers to smoke from a burning cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Breathing Secondhand Smoke harms people’s health and kills more than 50,000 people each year. Nicotine in tobacco smoke is what causes you to be addicted to smoking. Tobacco companies make cigarettes so the nicotine gets to your brain very quickly. The faster nicotine gets to your brain, the more addictive it is. Nicotine from the patch or gum gets to your brain more slowly. This is why the patch and gum rarely cause addiction.

Quitting smoking can be hard. Once quit, most smokers face urges, sometimes strong urges, to light up. Some of these urges are triggered by your body craving nicotine. Others can be triggered by certain times of the day or by activities such as driving, finishing a meal, taking a break from work, or being where you used to smoke. Your urges may also be triggered by a need to relax and manage stress, maybe as you sit on the couch and watch TV.

Stopping smoking can make a big difference to your health and lifestyle. It is never too late to stop smoking to greatly benefit your health. It’s never too late to benefit from stopping. Being smoke-free not only adds years to your life, but also greatly improves your chances of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age.  Let us not give mixed messages to our young men and increasingly, young women; smoking is not harmless, smoking is not cool. Smoking kills, even in India. I think the smokers love to stay young just like the non-smokers, so people here are your chance to play safe. Quit smoking today and start looking 10 years younger.

Jinendra Parakh, Co-Founder (Analysis)

The author is pursuing BA. LL.B. (Hons.) from Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

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