I have 2 family members who smoke. Shisha, not cigarettes. They smoke almost every day. And it kills me. I just don’t understand why? Why the need for smoke every time you go out? I keep asking them to quit, their usual answer would be: “What else are we supposed to do when we go out? Sit and stare at each other?” And that just doesn’t make any sense to me! What do non-smokers do when they go out? I doubt that they “sit and stare at each other” all night. But the case is that both of you are just like most smokers out there. They make up ridiculous excuses and believe them. Just to justify the habit they’re stuck with.
I hope you two, and other smokers as well, will read this. Do it for me. And in case you don’t like me. Do it for the ones you love :P
Tomorrow, May 31 2011, is The World’s No Tobacco Day. If you’re a smoker, read the following facts..No! Scroll back up here! Don’t run away from the guilt. Because guilt is what would push you to quit.
- Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people every year, which are half of the Tobacco users. All people who could have had more 10 or 15 years (or even more in severe cases) to live.
- Those 6 million people are not all direct smokers. Only 5 million actually smoke. The other 600 000 people, are second-hand smokers. So when you smoke you are not only enforcing death row upon yourself, you are also forcing it on your parents, your siblings, your wife, your children, and your friends. And that is just NOT your right!
- In adults, second-hand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In infants, it causes sudden death. In pregnant women, it causes low birth weight.
- Among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco, most want to quit. Counselling and medication can more than double the chance that a smoker who tries to quit will succeed.
It doesn’t feel good now after reality hits you, does it? It’s up to you to give it up. Thousands have successfully quit smoking and you are not less capable than them in any way. Just ask yourself “Why do I smoke?” and I assure you there will not be any legit answer.Don’t make up excuses and believe them to free yourself from the guilt. It’s the easy way out I know. But it’s just the wrong way.
Put your mind into it. You don’t have to be alone in this. Ask for support from the people who love you, and seek professional help (A doctor has more experience on what would work and what wouldn’t).
Don’t let smoking become a routine. Unless you don’t mind dying at the age of 55 instead of 70.