A burnt cigarette ash said – Today it’s me, because of you!
But tomorrow it’s you, because of me!!!
Nowadays, Smoking is a part of everyday life. Be it demonetization, unemployment or price hike, it doesn’t matter. I don’t say this randomly, the research done by World Health Organization suggests this. About 2.0 billion people smoke all around the world daily, of which 48% are adult males and 12% are adult females. I understand that earlier, there was less awareness about the ill effects of smoking and they were printed in small print on the packets like “Cigarette smoking is injurious to health”, but today there is sufficient awareness about the health effects of smoking. Nowadays they are printing in big images like “Smoking kills” and “Smoking causes cancer”. Even after so many awareness, people continue to smoke. Each day nearly 1,000 kids under the age of 18 start smoking on a daily basis. Eighteen hundred adults, 18 and over, will also start smoking on a daily basis. (Source:cigarettesreporter.com)
So, the question arises in our mind that whether Smoking is a habit or an addiction? The answer is simple, it’s both a habit and an addiction. A habit is generally considered to be a part of an addictive behaviour, but the creation, manifestation, and cure of an addiction are much different than that of a habit. If you are addicted to smoking, you may feel an immense sense of stress or uneasiness if you are not able to smoke.
This proves that the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive. There are many scenarios which demonstrate the statement.
Do you smoke your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up in the morning time? Do you smoke 10 cigarettes (a pack) or more in one day?
At times when you can’t smoke or don’t have any cigarettes with you, do you feel any pressure to smoke?
Is it tough for you to keep yourself away from smoking for more than a few hours?
When you are sick enough to rest in bed, do you still smoke?
If one of the above sound familiar to you, you may be addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes.
My advice to smokers is that if you enjoy while smoking, then do it and continue till you die. Everyone has the right to do whatever they want in their life. But, for every action, there are certain consequences. If you are confident enough to face the consequences and can enjoy in that moment when you have cancer or brain haemorrhage, then you can continue smoking. If you are not confident enough, then be conscious of your action. Life is as simple as that, a person who acts without knowing the consequences is bound to suffer.
Sometimes ago I read an article written by Sadhguru, where he rightly said that nowadays experts are doing research on making vehicles smoke less, but we as a human system which wasn’t built to smoke, do stupidity and created a smoking habit.
Some quit smoking statistics say that nearly 70 percent of smokers want to quit smoking altogether. Approximately 40 percent of smokers will try to quit this year. About 7 percent will succeed at quitting smoking in their first try. That may sound like a small number but it is over 3 million people in the world.
Though it’s an addiction, there are different ways one can quit smoking considering he/she is determined.
Join a quit smoking community in order to get support from them.
Do healthy activities like simple practices of meditation and breathing. Meditation and breathing practices not only reduces your daily stress, but also helps to improve your health.
Mantras like “I am a non-smoker” helps people to quit.
One of the most important advice is to keep away from smokers. Because second hand smoke and watching someone light up are most popular triggers.
Deep breathing practice really helps to quit smoking and it requires to concentrate and notice your breath. While sitting in a silent place, breathe in deeply, allowing your belly to expand as your lungs fill with air. Pay sufficient attention to your diaphragm as it moves up and down with your breathing. Please notice how you must push the air from your lungs as you exhale. Make it as a part of your daily routine and practice it whenever you will feel like smoking. Moreover, meditation also helps to concentrate your monkey mind to take effective action.
Every time you light up a cigarette. You are saying that your life isn’t worth living!
Think thrice, before lighting up a cigarette! “Quit smoking before smoking quits you”