Why do people smoke?
There are many reasons why people smoke cigarettes. Some people smoke for pleasure, while other believe it helps to keep them going or to relax. Smokers also use tobacco to reduce feelings of stress or discomfort. Other smoke out of habit, not really enjoying it. Most smokers are physically and psychologically addicted. There craving for another cigarette beings soon after they put one out. Nicotine is highly addictive and the longer one smokes, the more deadly...and the more difficult it is to quit.
How it starts...
Young people are continuously exposed to smoking and many experimnet with it to feel more grown up...or to be like their friends. A common motive is to imitate the glamorous people they see in advertising, movies, and on television. Images of being "cool", and having exciting adventures make smoking seem attractive and pleasurable.
What are the risks?
Smoking is a major cause of lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, and heart disease. Smokers die of strokes three times more often than non-smokers. Snuff, chewing tobacco, pipes, and cigars also cause a greater risk of developing cancer of the lip, mouth, and throat. With women who smoke during pregnancy, there are greater risks of complications at delivery and of health problems during infancy.
What about effects on the non-smoker?
Studies have shown that "second hand" smoke can cause serious problems for non-smokers...ranging from eye irritation, headaches, and nose and throat discomfort, to more serious allergic reactions in many people. Those who sugger from chronic diseases are extremely vulnerable to cigarette smoke.
The benefits of not smoking...
When you quit smoking, your health risks go down. You soon begin to feel and look better, your cough and sinus problems disappear, and you have more energy. The unpleasant odor that clings to your clothing and hair goes away. If you have children, they will be less likely to imitate you and develop the habit. Food will taste better, your sense of smell will improve, and you will save money. Above all, quitting smoking will add productive years to your life.
Help is available!
The most widely recognized and effective approach to giving up smoking and the use of tobacco products is through the use of nicotine patches, gum, and inhalers. Although some of these nicotine based products are now widely available without prescription, we recommend that you consult with your physician for guidance, and to determine whether prescription medication to counter the craving for tobacco might be right for you.
Moving Toward Health
Using nicotine-based products to quit, combined with a more balanced way of life without tobacco has become the formula that has helped countless thousands of men and women to successfully overcome this highly dangerous and life threatening practice.
Some people are able to stop the use of tobacco easily while many stop several times before finally winning the battle. It is possible to quit on your own, but if you need support in your efforts, the Employee Assistance Program can be of help. Remember, continuing to smoke will only be hurting you and those close you.