There are many things in life that give people pleasure, smoking cigarettes is one of them. Excessive smoking habbit can lead to various health problems. It can lead to a smoking addiction that is life threatening. The negative health effects of this addiction have been publisized through advertisments in TV, paper, radio and magazines and also through journals. Even though people have been informed about these results, they still smoke. Different societies and cultures have been known to indulge in smoking cigarettes, marijuana cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hand- rolled cigarettes, menthol cigarettes and others.
Smoking causes many complications and epidemic diseases. Studies and investigations have revealed answers to the question as to why people smoke even after information on problems have been provided to them. Here are some of the many resons for why people begin to smoke. Some people smoke because they want to keep their weight down, others smoke out of nervousness or when they are upset, or because they feel great after smoking. When confronted about this habit, smokers display disomfort or anger. Some individuals display guilt because they know that they should quit, but they won’t.
Smoking can become an addiction that some people do not want to stop, where, medical intervention becomes necessary to avoid health issues. These issues include lung cancer that can be seen widely in smokers. Pneumonia and commplications of tuberculosis are also called due to continuous smoking.
Symptoms of smoking addiction include hacking cough and shortness of breath. Addcited indivduals display an inability to survive without compulsive cigarette smoking and are opposed to taking medications for the same. When a pregnant woman smokes, she causes harm not only to herself but also her unborn child. It is said that most cases that an ENT professional checks are either smoking addicts or career customers.
Social scientists are curious about why people of very young age, like 12 or 13 year olds, start smoking. It is more a social issue than a medical issue. There is a conflict between indicative benefits of an issue and its actual practice that demonstrates the characteristic nature of smoking practices of a person and the human psychology underlying it. Certain factors promote a person to smoke and get addicted to it. These include discomfort in social situations, peer pressure, smoking as a way of dealing with stress, as a response to stressed situations, etc.
There are other reasons that intiate the smoking habit in individuals. Sometimes, people start smoking because they want to imitate an onscreen idol like James Dean or Audrey Hepburn, who gave rise to the saying “when there is smoke, there is a star”! Promotional matters of movies in television, newspaper and other media include a smoking star to project a sophisticated bachelor or a macho cowboy.
For retailers, cigarettes selling business is profitable. That is why, inspite of the warning that tobacco and cigarette smoking is injurious to health, cigarettes are avialable everywhere. But now, tobacco companies have taken the intiative to help lessen the menace that tobaco and cigarettes are causing to public health. Nicotine pills, anti- smoking programs and pills are some of the measures taken to reduce the hazards of smoking.
In case of health insurance, cigarette smoking habit means more health costs for the inurance company that pays the policy as well as for the insured person. Long term addictive smokers face problems like absenteeism and increase of other negative health issues. Even though people are aware of all these problems, it is difficult for them to quit smoking and come out of the addiction.
Cigarettes have not been known to people from long time, but smoking has been. Ancient chinese, Egyptians, native American Indians and Far Eastern cultures have been known to smoke pipes for relaxation and recreation. The practice was only for people belonging to the upper crust of the society. But now, smoking has spread its arms around everyone. It is an epidemic threat to health for smoking addicts on a large scale and also for health organisations. Reasons for people smoking demonstrate the best and worst of human pshychology.