Introduction: We all know that smoking is injurious or bad for health. Yet, young men and women are found puffing a cigarette and throwing out smoke at the company in which they are.
What is smoking?
Smoking refers to the process of burning a substance (tobacco, drugs, etc.) and inhaling the resultant smoke.
The major forms of smoking tobacco includes cigarettes, smoking pipes, cigars, etc. A cigarette is a thin roll of tobacco is rolled in a paper. A smoking pipe is a thin tube used to inhale smoke, produced by burning tobacco in a bowl that is attached to it. A cigar is a tight roll of of tobacco leaves used for smoking.
Causes why people start smoking:
Fun and curiosity: Young people first begin smoking to get fun out of it. There is a curiosity among young adult and teenagers about the taste of a cigarette. Then, the gun takes the shape of a showmanship and in due course of time they find that they have got addicted to smoking and cannot give it up.
They often develop the habit of chain smoking. It sometimes, begins with just a few cigarettes a day, then it becomes a few packets a day and some turn into chain smokers – one out, the other is lighted.
Smoking effects on body
Cigarette smoking is dangerous for human health. Cigarettes contain nicotine, along with tobacco and it is this nicotine which makes one addicted to smoking.
Addictive: Cigarettes contains nicotine and it is highly addictive. It has an intoxicating effect and once a man’s nerves catch this intoxication, the nerves keep on needing it and one feels lethargic and dull without a puff because the nerves are constantly asking for the kick. Smoking is highly addictive.
Very difficult to give up: The habit of smoking, once formed is hard to be given up.
There have been and are many educated professionals whose pen would move only when they are puffing out. Without that puff their mind, as if goes to rest and would not work.
The worst negative effect of smoking is that it can cause life life-taking disease in human body. People know it, still they go on with it.
Lungs disease: Nicotine is an element which slowly and gradually passes on and gets deposited in the nerves and in the lungs. This gradual deposition causes lung diseases such bronchitis, bronchial asthma, tuberculosis.
Heart attack: Smokers even can have their arteries blocked with nicotine which can cause a heart attack.
Say no to Smoking
Be confident and say ‘no’ to smoking. Stop smoking to save money to stand you in good stead is also a useful motto. Habit of smoking cigarette ends in addiction at last. So, it is the best way of not indulging in smoking is not to smoke the first cigarette. For a socially conscious man, it is not at all a hard job to master sufficient mental strength to turn the cigarette between his lips into the last cigarette of his life because then he can reap some positive harvests of life.
This is, thus, a great menace to health and the upcoming, growing young men must understand the risks involved. They can, well in time learn the lesson and let them not allow themselves to fall a prey to this ‘disease’ – it is really a ‘disease’ which one it catches can aggravate into any proportion.
Life is a gift given by God, let us live it well, let us live it healthily and health is happiness.
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There is no doubt that smoking can have serious consequences for a person's health, but just how much effect can it have on your life expectancy? We take a look at some stats...
Researchers at 'Action on Smoking and Health' have reported that a 30-year-old smoker can expect to live about 35 more years, whereas a 30-year-old non-smoker can expect to live 53 more years. In addition, the children of a parent or parents who smoke may be at risk from the genetic damage done to the parent before conception (because of their previous smoking), the direct effects to them in the womb, and the passive smoke they are exposed to after they are born.
Source: Smokers urged to weigh the 'facts' during the 'Great American Smoke-Out,' Vital Signs, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia, Nov. 14, 1993, written by June Russell, a member of Smoke-Free Charlottesville
The amount of life expectancy lost for each pack of cigarettes smoked is 28 minutes, and the years of life expectancy a typical smoker loses is 25 years.
Source: Dying to Quit," 1998 book by Janet Brigham
Every cigarette a man smokes reduces his life by 11 minutes. Each carton of cigarettes thus represents a day and a half of lost life. Every year a man smokes a pack a day, he shortens his life by almost 2 months.
Source: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, April 2000
There are some 1.1 billion people who smoke on our planet earth. Just less than one-third of all adults in the world smoke regularly. Tobacco deaths will not only occur in old age but will start when smokers are about age 35. Half of those who die from smoking-related causes will die in middle age, each losing about 25 years of life expectancy. More than 95% of the tobacco consumed is in the form of cigarettes. About half of all smokers who undergo lung cancer take up smoking again.
Source: Dying to Quit," a 1998 book by Janet Brigham
In an article published on MNT in 2013, we revealed that smokers die ten years sooner than non-smokers.