Cigarettesmoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths. Also, smokingcauses harm to nearly all parts of the body as well as cutting shortthe life expectancy. Yes! Cigarette smoking is harmful to the wealth,health, and the lives of family members. There is an estimation thataround six million people in the world die due to smoking, and thisfigure is projected to increase by the year 2030 (Lapointe 58).However, there is hope for smokers because quitting smoking ispossible to a person who is willing. Therefore, this paper willdiscuss the reasons why people are attracted to smoking, effects ofsmoking, and why I strongly believe quitting smoking is achievable.
Mostsmokers start smoking just like a way of enjoying themselves whenthey are teenagers and by the time they realize it, they are addictedto smoking in the adulthood. Most teens start smoking to look mature,smoke out of peer influence while others smoke to feel what othersfeel when they smoke. Teenagers are rebellious thus get excited whentrying out things that are forbidden either by the law or religion.For example, the law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 years fromsmoking. Therefore, teens get excitement when smoking because bydoing so they feel that they are heroes (Lapointe 42). Besides,adults smoke to reduce stress or depression due to financialconstraints or personal issues. Also, some people smoke because theyare using other drugs such as alcohol. Dramatically, there are somepeople who smoke because they want to lose weight. Cigarette smokingreduces weight in an unhealthy way through reduced food intake sincesmoking reduces the sense of taste for food and smell. Surprisingly,smokers will try to give the above excuses for smoking and claim thatquitting smoking is hard. Instead, they should re-evaluate what madethem indulge in smoking and understand that there is no genuinereason as to why they should continue smoking.
Smokinghas many effects to both smokers and non-smokers. Non-smokers sufferfrom inhalation of the secondhand smoke, and according to statistics,five percent of deaths resulting from smoking comprises ofnon-smokers. Smoking has physical and other effects like financialconstraints on the smokers. Physical effects refer to the damages ordiseases that are caused to the body. In fact, smoking causes moredeaths than those caused by HIV AIDS, suicide, road accidents,homicide, and alcohol (Lapointe 86). Nearly 57 percent of men and 50percent of women deaths can be attributed to tobacco smoking. Smokingaffects the brain, eyes, lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas,bladder, mouth and throat. Common diseases that are caused by smokingare cancer such as lungs cancer, respiratory diseases like chronicbronchitis, heart diseases, and heart attacks. Furthermore, exposureto secondhand smoke to pregnant women can lead to stillbirths,spontaneous abortion, or sudden death of infants. Tobacco smoking isalso an expensive habit that can deprive a smoker a lot of money thatcan be used elsewhere for constructive issues in family provision.
Fromthe above consequences of smoking, it is evident that there is everyreason for smokers to worry about their wallets, non-smokers, andmost importantly, worry about their health and the quality of lifethat they live. The courage alone of deciding to quit smoking is agreat milestone towards a healthier and fulfilling life. Well,quitting smoking may seem to be difficult, but others have done it.It does not matter how long someone has smoked, but the step ofquitting smoking reduces the risks of diseases such as heart diseasesby a margin of 50 percent within just one year. Therefore, quittingis the greatest gift that smokers can reward themselves.
Forsmokers to quit the habit, they should be prepared to deal with thefeelings, cravings, and urges that follow after quitting. Quittingsmoking is usually very easy since it involves just five simplesteps. The first step is setting a date to quit. The date that is setshould be within the next seven days and it is advisable to tell afriend or a relative who can support the efforts. The second stepentails choosing the method of quitting. The methods of quitting arestopping at once on the quit day, reducing the number per day up tothe day that one will stop smoking, or reducing the number of puffsthat one smokes after every two days. Step three is about thedecision of whether a smoker needs any medicine to quit or otherkinds of help. For example, a smoker may talk to a healthcareprovider on issues like getting nicotine replacements, prescriptiondrugs such as varenicline or ask for enrollment in smoking cessationprogram. The fourth step is about planning for the quit day. Thisinvolves discarding all the cigarettes, lighters, among others andthen finding healthy substitutes for smoking like munching carrots.
Tosum up, since smoking has many consequences such as causing diseasesand financial constraints, I highly recommend that smokers take theabove five steps to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is simple, and itall depends on the smoker’s attitude towards it. Others have doneit, which implies that quitting smoking can be realized.
Lapointe,Martin M. AdolescentSmoking and Health Research.New York: Nova Biomedical Books, 2008. Print.