Month: May 2014

Smoking

Smoking is a deadly addiction which puts the smokers’ lives at risk as well as the lives of passive smokers, particularly the family members. Why would anybody choose to take up this disgusting and costly habit?

When asked, smokers come up with some lame excuses as to why they smoke. Some would say that they use smoke as a support when things go wrong and others would defend their addiction by saying that they smoke when they feel bored and lonely. A nice way to kill your boredom!

Cigarettes contain Nicotine and it is proven that Nicotine is more addictive than heroin. Hence, once a smoker, always a smoker. Addicted smokers need enough nicotine over a day to ‘feel normal’ – to satisfy cravings or in other words, control their mood

There are as many as 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke that are chemically active and can potentially trigger fatal changes in the body. Moreover, Tobacco smoke contains over 60 known cancer-causing chemicals. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, causing many diseases and reducing health in general.

Smokers are 32 per cent more likely than non-smokers to end up in hospital.  Children in smokers’ households are four times more likely to be admitted to hospital with respiratory illness.

Smoking raises blood pressure, hence smokers are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke. They are more likely to get cancer than non-smokers. This is particularly true of lung cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer, which hardly ever affect non-smokers. One in ten moderate smokers and almost one in five heavy smokers (more than 15 cigarettes a day) will die of lung cancer.


Smoking stains your teeth and gums. It causes an acid taste in the mouth and contributes to the development of ulcers. Smoking also affects your looks: smokers have paler skin and more wrinkles. This is because smoking reduces the blood supply to the skin and lowers levels of vitamin A. Who would want to look like this?

Smoking-related diseases kill more than 15,000 Australians every year. After every 28 minutes, one Australian dies of a smoking-related disease, adding up to more than 50 deaths per day. We could save 50 Australians every day.  If a fraction of these deaths were caused by infectious disease, terrorism, road trauma or any other factor then the government would surely take extreme action to save lives.

One might argue that the revenue that the government collects from Cigarette taxes prevents the government from taking any action against smoking. This argument is totally irrelevant and baseless. The Australian Government collects about A$10 billion from Cigarette taxes and spends more than A$32 billion on smoking-related diseases every year. In addition to this, 75,000 beds in hospitals are occupied by smoking patients every year.

What would be the advantages of giving up smoking? If any smoker does not smoke only for one month then he would save up to $490. His lungs well be working more efficiently. Exercising will be easier for him and his immune system starts to recover.

Please consider the evidence before taking up smoking. This is an addiction that kills at least 15,000 Australians every year. The consequences of taking up this addiction can be disastrous for you and for your loved ones.

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