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What is so great about being addicted to cigarette smoking?

Updated on December 30, 2012

What's so great about smoking?

In all my years of life, I could never understand why people smoke. This is not to put down anyone that smokes cigarettes or anyone that uses any type of tobacco products. I'm merely stating why I personally don't like smoking. I can remember sneaking into my parent's bedroom as a little girl lighting up one of my mom's cigarettes. She smoked the Winston Brand in the red box. It was awful to say the least. There was this burning sensation at the back of my throat; and then followed a cool sensation on my tongue. After that, there was a bitter aftertaste in my whole mouth. I immediately opened the bedroom window to clear out the smell of smoke. I never touched another cigarette from that moment on.

I have watched some of my family members smoke, and that habit became a lifelong addiction. When problems arose, it seemed as if they smoked even more. For some reason, I just could not understand their reasons for lighting up every half hour. Is smoking an escape route for some people? Or could it be strictly for pleasure? I guess it depends on the individual themselves.

As we all know, smoking can cause a host of health problems. Lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, hardening of the arteries....and list goes on and on. Are these health issues enough to make the average person want to quit? Apparently not. I hear of more and more people starting to smoke at a younger age. Is it peer pressure or the problems of life that lead a person to smoke? Whatever the reasons are, it's not a good or healthy thing to do. Also, the government has imposed stiff penalties on persons that choose to smoke. The price of a pack of cigarettes is nearly $10.00 in some states. I have known people to go across state lines in order to get cigarettes at a cheaper price. More and more companies are prohibiting smoking on their premises. There are public institutions that discourage the use of tobacco products on and in their facilities. Our hospitals and other healthcare facilities have smoke free zones in which their employees can use if they choose to smoke. There are some restaurants and other entertainment venues that are becoming smoke free. If a person wants to smoke, they will find a way to do it.

Let's not forget the various remedies that are available if a person wants to quit smoking. From nicotine patches, smoking support groups and hypnosis. Our healthcare systems spends billions and billions of dollars on smoking related issues: from billboards to public service announcements to inform people about the dangers of smoking. How is it that a habit that is so easy to start can be so hard to quit? Our government has went so far as to put a harsh warning label on tobacco products. Smoking is also bad for the expectant mother. That smoke is passed on from the mom to the fetus causing detrimental harm; the unborn child can inherit a host of health problems. Also, the tobacco industry is raking in billions and billions in profits from this horrible addiction. It seems as if they put profit before a person's health. It is a double edged sword. On one hand, you're promoting your product in magazines, on the other side you're telling people not to smoke.

My question is, why start in the first place? I thank God that I do not smoke. I don't think I'm better than anyone else. I will say this, I do like the smell of a unlit cigar. I find that odd for me because I do not smoke. Honestly, I'm wondering is there something wrong with me? All I can say is that to each his own and people have the right to do as they please. But why endanger the lives of others around you just because you have an addiction to smoking? Just a thought.

Disclaimer: It is not my intention to promote the sale or use of any tobacco products or any related products. I'm only stating my opinions as to why I personally do not use these products.

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