It’s absolutely mind-boggling that in this day and age that people are still smoking. For all of the ad campaigns that show the devastating effects of it, no doubt you’ve still got family members who are stubborn when it comes to stubbing. And while the numbers are down, there are still problems out there that link to smoking.
It could be traced back to when you’re in school, and while smoking is still socially acceptable in certain environments, such as if you work by yourself, or you have friends who smoke, the negativity of the habit isn’t as commonplace. And you could trace it all the way back to school when you had a sneaky smoke behind the bike sheds.
This sense of peer pressure could be something that stays with you your entire life and turns into professional pressure. After all, if you are working in an organization where the key decisions are made over cigarettes and alcohol, a la Mad Men, you would feel that you need to get in on the ground floor.
A Lack Of Money
Amazingly, poverty is one of the reasons people smoke cigarettes. As people who earn a low income would appear to have so few vices, smoking appears to be a very justifiable one. But with a lot of money comes a lack of affordable health care treatments.
And while the advancements in treating lung cancer, via institutions such as Hera are showing advancements in the treatment of the disease, it’s still something that many poor people cannot afford. As a result, the more affluent are able to get treatment, and the poor are left to suffer.
Not just mental illness, but mental toughness. While people self-medicate mental illness with alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes, if someone is an ex-smoker, the temptation to relapse when undergoing a stressful period can rear its ugly head. In addition to this, a lot of the media in the past highlighted cigarettes to be something effortlessly cool. And while a lot of effort has been made to eradicate this, it still pops up from time to time, in old movies, and the like. But glamorizing cigarettes has been one of the major downfalls in recent memory.
And the most prominent issue with any smoker is that it’s hard to quit. There is a lot of professional help available out there, but that mental willpower to give up smoking in something that can take years to accomplish. And sometimes, it’s easy for someone to give up and to stay away from cigarettes, but for others, it could be something more earth-shattering that causes them to give up cigarettes.
Something like the death of a loved one could be the thing to spur them on. But, at least the statistics are showing that we are heading in the right direction. Fewer people are smoking, or, at the very least, picking up electronic cigarettes. So, for the next generation, it should be great to grow up in an environment where smoking isn’t seen as something cool.