“Who said it could not be done? And what great victories has he to his credit, which qualify him to judge others accurately?” Napoleon Hill
Even though much has been said about the hazards of smoking, I still believe that in the foreseeable future we will continue finding out new details on what effects tobacco smoke, including the second-hand one, has on our health. Our descendants actually will be wondering in awe how humanity was gradually killing itself with the self-imposed addiction, costing it millions of lives and trillions of dollars.
The World Health Organization estimates that 100 million people in the world died from smoking-related illnesses in 20th century, at the current rate of around 6 million people per year. Just think of it: 6 million! That’s almost the population of Bulgaria or Rio de Janeiro, if you like, being wiped out in a year from the smoking plaque. Every year. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use causes more deaths in the world on the yearly basis than AIDS (1.9 mln), alcohol (2.5 mln) and suicides (1 mln) combined together. Tobacco claimed more lives in the 20th century than both of the devastating world wars, WW I – 20 mln, WW II – 55 mln. Every six seconds “another one bites the dust” due to effects of the tobacco, and the smoking-related illnesses claim one out 10 adult deaths globally. If the trend continues, up to 1 billion people will fall victims to this epidemics in the 21st century.
There are more than 4000 chemical substances in the cigarette smoke; at least 50 of them are known to cause cancer. The list is quite extensive, but let me just say that it includes arsenic that is used in rat poisons, DDT that is a banned insecticide, Formaldehyde that is used to preserve dead specimen, and the list continues in this manner. All of them go directly to your blood and hence saturate every cell of your body when you inhale cigarette smoke.
My goal today is not to scare you with the lethal effects of smoking and make you quit because of the fear of slow and painful death. Even though that lots of extensive research shows that an average smoker lives 10-20 years shorter than an average person who doesn’t smoke, you most probably wouldn’t care about this, as it is always just a probability and never 100%. As experience shows, the method of fear of remote punishment simply doesn’t work. If it did, most of the people would become non-smokers the moment they saw the health warnings on the packs (like “Smoking causes impotence”). If somebody told you, “If you don’t stop smoking now, you will be decapitated in 1 week,” you would have much higher chances of finding inner strength to get rid of this addiction.
My aim is to help you make the greatest decision in your smoking life – free yourself from smoking so that you greatly improve the quality of your life today and tomorrow.
Allen Carr, one of the most successful authors on the matter of quitting smoking, said in his bestseller Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking “However, you cannot force smokers to stop, and although all smokers secretly want to, until they are ready to do so a pact just creates additional pressure, which increases their desire to smoke. This turns them into secret smokers, which further increases the feeling of dependency.”
I agree that to make this greatly important change in your life, you have to be ready for it. All of the smokers know well how effective the pleas of their non-smoking spouses, parents, or friends are in helping them quit. The reason for failure comes from the fact that you’re simply not ready. You are hearing but you are not listening, you are watching but you are not seeing. You are not ready psychologically. Ceasing smoking requires courage and definiteness of decision. You fear that you will not endure and be perceived lacking in will-power by your relatives, friends, and colleagues. You fear to fail as you have probably failed already several times before. That’s number one reason for not being ready. Number two, in my opinion, is that you are not motivated enough. You can’t leave the comfort zone of your daily routine because you don’t see the higher purpose for which to do it. When you are 20-25, it may seem to you the same whether to live 70 or 85 years (both are dinosaur ages anyway), but as you progress through life and start noticing how fast the bells toll, you become aware of the preciousness of every moment here. But still, you may spend 15 or 20 years smoking before ceasing (if you will cease at all), because of lack of proper motivation. A possibility of a lung or mouth cancer at 65 seems so distant to us when we are 25, that it doesn’t serve as a strong enough impetus for stopping. 100ml eliquid
See it yourself that there is nothing cool about smoking. It’s a disgusting process that is poisoning your organism and the air around you, exposing to high risk not only the health of your own but also of the people dearest to you. The perceived trendiness of smoking has been carefully planted into your mind by many years of excessive advertising and product placement with substantial marketing budgets ($15 bln only in the US in 2003). You have to understand that the images of happy young smiling ladies and “real men” have been created to induce you to buy that particular brand. If you doubt that, look at a lady with 20+ years of smoking experience… listen to the timber of her voice… see the color and texture of her skin… feel the smell of her hair. Or, think of Wayne McLaren, David McLean and Dick Hammer – the three men that appeared in famous brand advertisements with a cowboy- who all died from lung cancer in the 90’s. Wayne McLaren, for example, did not see his 52nd birthday. He had been a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoker for over 25 years…
So, smoking is an outdated addiction, the only purpose of which is to deliver nicotine to the body of the smoker. This is the only actual reason for you to smoke. Your cells start craving for nicotine the moment its level starts dropping. Everything else is the alibis that your creative mind makes up in order to justify the regular intake of this highly-addictive substance. There is nothing sexy about smoking. It makes you stink as a dozen ashtrays, carries discomfort to your beloved ones; costs you plenty of money (an average a pack-a-day smoker in Europe will spend more than 15000 EUR on cigarettes alone in the next 10 years of their life, calculated at current medium prices for a pack), reduces your energy level, diminishes your sexuality, decreases your productivity, steals your health, and, eventually, takes your life.
It’s never late to stop smoking. No matter how many years of experience you have – 1 or 30 – you can do yourself a great benefit by simply quitting smoking today. Within just 1 year after ceasing smoking, your excess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke will have dropped to less than half that of a smoker, and within 10 years, your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer will be between 30% and 50% of a normal smoker and your risk of getting pancreatic cancer will have dropped to the level of a non-smoker .
The inspiration for quitting smoking should come not because of awful consequences in the form of slow and painful death (even though that could definitely be a trigger for starting to think in that direction), but in the quality of life now. And the life of a smoker stinks… both literally and figuratively speaking. You know it better than I do.