|Most smokers continue to smoke because nicotine is an addictive drug and they get withdrawal symptoms when they stop (physical addiction) . |
Many smokers incorporate smoking into their daily activities so that smoking becomes a habit associated with every day things such as answering the phone, coffee breaks, after meals, during periods of stress (psychological addiction) .
The evidence that smoking helps you to perform these tasks or reduce stress is very shaky.
It is important to know that 80% of people who stop smoking do so by deciding one day that the time has come to quit and they give it away. The cravings and withdrawal are worst in the first 24-48 hours. Then the feelings slowly start lessen.
Most smokers start as teenagers. The reasons are complex - in part peer pressure, in part defiance of authority.
In recent years young boys have not been smoking as much, but young girls are continuing to smoke at alarmingly high rates.
There is little doubt that advertising has helped to convince that smoking is sophisticated and a way of saying “ I’m growing up.” It has also been portrayed as a means of socialising.
As kids become more aware of advertising and it’s influence they are questioning these messages.
Anti-smoking advertisements are also having a measurable influence.
Perhaps if we continue to educate teenagers with more appropriate messages then they will respond appropriately.
After all, as teenagers, long term problems seem very far away.
However, more targeted messages such as “smoking causes wrinkles and premature skin ageing” or “smoking can make you impotent” may be more effective in these age groups.
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