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Break The Habit

Every year according to the WHO six million people die due to cigarette related illnesses. Who would have thought that such a small object could cause such problems? A paper
30 Jan 2015 12:17
Break The Habit

Every year according to the WHO six million people die due to cigarette related illnesses. Who would have thought that such a small object could cause such problems? A paper filled tube with small pieces of tobacco is one of the biggest killers worldwide. Why would you invest in something you know will eventually end your life? On a personal level I do not smoke, however I have watched two family members die from smoke related illnesses somewhat twenty years after kicking the habit. As much as people may kid themselves that they will stop tomorrow and another packet won’t kill them. It is only a matter of time before they will pay the price for their habit, as well as the on-the spot fine now existing in Fiji if caught smoking in a public place.

Next time you go to buy a packet of cigarettes, ask yourself if it is really worth reducing your life expectancy. Is it worth shortening the time spent with family and friends? Is it a selfish act to buy them knowing that in years to come your grandchildren will see you hooked up to a ventilator because your lungs can no longer function by themselves?

At what point did anyone think smoking was fashionable or attractive? The tar in cigarettes creates a yellow stain on fingers and teeth, as well as in houses and creates an odour in your mouth, which can also contribute to throat and mouth cancer. Smoking causes skin discoloration, wrinkles, and premature aging, particularly amongst women.

When nicotine hits your body, it gives your blood sugar a boost. After a short time, you’re left feeling tired and craving more, hence the reason so many people need their cigarette and coffee first thing on a morning or when they need a pick me up or when they are feeling stressed. They become so dependent on a small white stick calming them down or reducing their anxiety.

The average price of a packet of cigarettes in Fiji is around $3.50 for a packet of ten cigarettes. If the average smoker buys a packet a day that is almost $25 wasted per week, money that could’ve taken a family out for a day filled with fun activities such as swimming or for a game of tennis- activities sure to add longevity to your lives rather than reduce them. Many people in society are in a position of influence. Whether, it be a teacher, politician, sports ambassador, minister or parent we all play a role in educating and guiding the next generation. How can you preach something you quite clearly don’t practice yourself? In an official study conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics, (2014) Parental Smoking Exposure and Adolescent Smoking Trajectories, it stated that “Teens whose parents were current smokers and addicted to nicotine were 10 times more likely to themselves become regular smokers at an early age or to experiment early on with cigarettes than kids with non-smoking parents. American author, Robert Fulgham once said “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”

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