Almost twenty percent of the population is stuck in the process of committing decayed suicide, while at the same time endangering the lives of the remaining bystanders. All of it starts from nothing more than a scratch in your brain, tricking you to experiment with cigarettes. At this point, it’s all a slippery slope. The dawn of teen hood causes a surge of emotions to flow through most youngsters' bodies. Most teens are eager to fit into their peer groups and to be considered acceptable by society. But just like Tetris, when they try to fit in, they ultimately end up disappearing. Almost ninety percent of smokers start smoking in their teens. Peer pressure is an influence much stronger than common sense, causing even smart people to buckle under social pressure to avoid being ostracized.
Continuous cigarette smoking and tobacco consumption is harmful to health in the long run. It is one of the leading causes of diseases such as lung cancer, heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, birthing defects, etc.
People smoke to get a high that is caused by the triggering of nerve endings of the brain which causes a sensation similar to the effect of chemicals like endorphins and dopamine, resulting in a sensation of pleasure. The resultant high is caused by the presence of nicotine in the cigarettes.
On a psychological level, smoking is considered as being a component of risk-taking or rebellious nature, which is often considered appealing to the young generation of teens with raging hormones. While smokers report that smoking helps them in relieving feelings of stress, the reason for this is far from what you might induce.
In fact, instead of acting as a stress deterrent, nicotine dependency exacerbates stress. The result is that people who smoke cigarettes seem to be sedated during their sessions. However, when kept refrained from a cigarette, their inability to deal with stress heightens. Hence, even normal situations which they could cope with earlier, become difficult to handle without nicotine. The effect of apparent relaxation that smokers feel only reflects the reversal of tension and irritation that builds up during nicotine depletion.
Due to smokers, even the people around them face continuous risks. Passive smokers are people who inhale the fumes breathed out by chain smokers. Smoke has a tendency to stay in its local vicinity for up to 3 hours. Frequent exposure to other people’s smoke can increase your chances of having lung cancer which may be malignant in nature. Another risk that passive smokers may have is the increased chances of suffering from a coronary heart disease. Such diseases can cause chest pains, heart attacks, and in extreme cases, heart failure. It also amplifies your risk of having a stroke.
Passive smoking is even more dangerous for juveniles. Juveniles who breathe in secondhand smoke may end up with an increased risk of:
Developing asthma or boosting their already present asthma via asthma attacks
Life threatening respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
Sudden infant death syndrome, which is twice as likely to occur in babies whose mothers are consistent smokers.
It has been noted that kids who live in a family where some family member smokes, are almost three times more likely to start smoking themselves.
A variety of strategies have been developed for those willing to give up smoking. Those include:
Certain foods have the tendency to enhance the flavor of cigarettes, and some foods act conversely. Best technique is to eat substances which make the flavor of tobacco repelling.
Eating sweets might also help, since almost thirty percent of a smoker’s craving arise from a demand for carbohydrates.
A pseudo effect of taste can be utilized by having the flavor of one's particular cigarette brand in order to feel as if you’re consuming something similar to your cigarette, acting as placebo.
Exercise is often a good cure against cigarettes as it helps relieve tension without consuming nicotine.
Avoid triggers by assessing situation or circumstances that force you to reconsider smoking. When unable to avoid such situations, find better means to distract yourself during those trigger situations.
Utilizing black pepper oil has shown to reduce cigarette cravings to some extent. Using home fragrances that contain black pepper essential oil may reduce the extent of cravings that you may get.
When applied at the precise location, acupuncture can increase the production of serotonin. Since quitting the habit of smoking often leads to the fall in serotonin levels, acupuncture can be of tremendous help. Even self-massaging behind the ear or back of your hand helps in relaxing the mind and body and may reduce your craving.
It can prove difficult to quit smoking at the drop of a hat, but there are alternatives such as
Bupropion (helps reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal)
Utilizing Chantix (curbs nicotine receptors in the brain to make smoking less pleasurable)
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (various types of patches, gums, lozenges, etc. for direct body delivery)
Ultimately, the choice is yours. Either rise above the ashes of smoking, or blow your life away until you turn to ash. #BounceBack