Smoking is not a new pastime. This habit has been around for generations in many forms. Native Americans smoked peace pipes, high society enjoys cigars, and the daily habit of tobacco has persisted in modern culture. Despite warnings about health and pollution, cigarette use continues to grow. Bans on items like tobacco are difficult to enforce, and usually do not stop all activity. Illegal selling of cigarettes is likely to follow a ban, if not enforced properly.
Cigarette smoking causes numerous health issues, including fatal cancers. The addictive nature makes it a difficult thing to stay away from once it has been experienced. This is made especially difficult when cigarettes are tried at a young age. Developing minds often form addictions faster. Cigarette smoking has caused a lot of controversy over the years when it comes to public use. In the past, it was normal to see smoking sections in most restaurants. Once smokers were banned to the outside of buildings, definite boundaries were drawn. This made the habit more unpopular with some, however, many addicts still persisted.
The environment also suffers when cigarette smoking continues. There are many toxins in cigarettes. They go far beyond the inclusion of the tobacco plant. Arsenic is even included in the list of items that are included in a cigarette. If humans are not going to take it upon themselves to decline the use of these dangerous products, then a ban may need to be implemented.
Our environment has undergone many changes that have made the air quality poor. Cars, machinery, and pesticides are among the items that have contributed to the poisoning of our air and land. Once this pollution has begun, it is not easily reversed. This is an issue when it comes to making a clean environment for crops to be grown in. Poor air quality is also taking a toll on the health of many people. Chronic issues like asthma are on the rise, as well as many allergy sensitivities. There is no reason to continue to allow something that has such a detrimental effect on our surroundings.
Cigarettes contribute to pollutions on a daily basis as people smoke them and release toxins into the air. Our air is already lacking in quality. This is only feeding the problem. Global warming has become a major issue due to the steady influx of pollutants into our air. We also need plants to help filter our air and provide cleaner air to breathe. The air around us is also needed by plants. Crops grown by farmers in pollute air, do not provide the best nutrition for our bodies. Contaminated air and soil cause these issues.
Indoor pollution is also an issue when it comes to cigarette smoking. Many people smoke in their homes and cars. These items can rarely be resold without major renovations when a smoker decides to move out or get rid of their car. It is difficult for people to visit smokers in their homes, as well. The smell is usually extremely overwhelming to those that do not smoke.
Cancer is a common outcome for those that smoke for many years. Your chances of avoiding cancer are improved immediately upon quitting the habit. The damage to the lungs, however, can be significant. There are many fatalities that revolve around advanced lung cancer. The lungs of these ill individuals are often viewed to see how much damage occurred. They are often found to be completely black, like the inside of a chimney. Pictures of smoker’s lungs are often shown to health students so that they can better understand the fate of smokers.
Some people use tobacco in a different way. They chew tobacco. This can lead to many ulcers in the mouth. These often turn into advanced mouth cancer spots. The smoking of cigarettes, however, can also lead to cancers of the mouth and throat. The smoke that consistently goes down the airways damages the delicate tissues of the respiratory tract. There is no reason to continue to allow the use of a product that is killing people.
Cancer is on the rise in many forms. Lung cancer can even occur after the habit of smoking ends. It takes time for the cells to repair themselves once they have been damaged. Take into account how many packs of cigarettes per day are included in the regimen of a single smoker. The amount of smoke that is emitted by one smoker over a lifetime is an unbearable amount. Smokers often regret the decision to try cigarettes when cancer is the diagnosis. Others may be resentful after being exposed to secondhand smoke against their will.
Cigarette smoking can be added to the list of the many addictive substances in the world today. Even though they may not make life as unbearable as a hard core drug addiction, there is still the risk of many health issues. Many individuals start smoking in their early teens. Some even start before even become teenagers. Teenage minds are still developing, making addiction a much faster process to complete. Those that become addicted, often deny the problem for many years. Major health issues arise when this addiction continues for a lifetime.
An early life addiction issue can interfere with later goals. A smoker may be unable to live with a non-smoker. This can make it difficult for addicts to find roommates, get married, and to find housing. Many rental properties prohibit smoking on the premises. This does not prevent smokers from moving in, but they can be charged if they damage the property by smoking inside.
Addiction is a major health issue that claims the lives of many people. Heavy drugs, of course are more dangerous when it comes to immediate deaths. Cigarette addiction causes a more gradual fatality. Addictions can take immense amounts of energy to recover from. They often require rehab programs, medication, and multiple doctors’ visits.
The individual that smokes is not the only one affected by cigarette use. The general public is often exposed to unwanted secondhand smoke. This can be detrimental to the health of many people who have no intention of ever smoking. This puts people in a position where they could become ill, even if they make all the right decisions. This was a huge problem when smoking was allowed in restaurants. Even with separated sections, non-smokers were constantly exposed to the smoke. Diners may only have had to endure the smoke for the duration of their meal. Workers in the restaurant, however, became exposed to the cigarette smoke for the entirety of their workweek.
Employees of restaurants with smoking sections were exposed by no fault of their own. They may not have had the choice to quit their job, due to financial need. Even with the new rules today, cigarettes are still allowed outside of establishments. They are required to be a certain amount of feed from the door, however. This can still cause issues to the public, as the smoke travels. These places are usually near an entrance or exit to the building, as well. This makes it easy for anyone entering or leaving to be exposed.
Cigarette smoke still a public health risk, even with the new restrictions. Children, teens, and adults are all affected when smoke happens in public places. Apartments can be especially tricky, as smoke can travel in close spaces. Smoking from a balcony on one apartment can easily contaminate several nearby apartments, especially if they have their windows closed.
Children are at a very high risk from cigarette smoking. Parents who smoke, subject their children to poisons, every day. Young bodies that are still developing can be especially sensitive to the effects of cigarette smoke. Children can easily become addicted when they live in the home with a smoker. This starts them out on the same path once they reach adulthood.
Children that are exposed before they are even born can have many issues right away. Pregnant women who smoke, put their new babies at risk for prematurity and low birth weight. They can also be born addicted to nicotine. Children do not know that the smoke is bad for them. Children with smoking parents are often unaware of the issues until they start school and learn about the dangers. They may also be told by their peers that they smell bad, as their clothes are stored in a home with smoke.
The recent laws prohibit smoking in the car with children. This is a huge step towards protecting children from adults with bad habits. Children that are exposed to cigarette smoke early on, often suffer from respiratory issues. This can include asthma, a chronic disease. The toxins from smoke settle into the hair, clothes, and furniture of smokers. Even if a smoker chooses to smoke only outside, the toxins from the cigarettes still make their way to children in the home.
5 Dental Health
Dental health is a problem for many people, even when cigarette smoking is not an issue. Adults face many dental issues from improper diet and aging. Smoke only adds to the issues. Other than deadly cancers of the mouth, there are some milder, aesthetic issues that take place with constant smoking. Yellow teeth are a major problem for most regular smokers. There is no way to keep the teeth from yellowing, as the constant buildup of chemicals takes its toll.
Gum disease can also occur when the inside of the mouth is compromised. Gum disease leads to big complications when it comes to pregnancy. Dental health issues are related to preeclampsia in pregnant women. Your breath may also be a major concern, especially if you have to work with other people. No matter what you do, your breath may consistently smell of smoke. This can make people think you do not take care of your mouth.
Dental health is important, due to the many complications that can occur when you avoid the dentist. Cigarette smoking is going to land you in the dentist’s office more often. You may need extensive cleanings, and whitening.
The social lives of smokers is often severely limited. They may tend to hang out with only other smokers. Social situations can be difficult to navigate when you are needing to smoke every hour. You must excuse yourself regularly from parties and work meetings. Perhaps lunch is eaten alone due to the lack of smokers at your office. A smoker may even skip lunch and spend it smoking. This may be because they have limited breaks at work, and cannot wait very long between cigarettes.
Friends may completely ban smoking at their home, forcing smokers to refrain from visiting. Most non-smokers are unwilling to budge when it comes to smoke in or around their home. Smokers often find themselves alone due to the increasing bans on smoking locations. They may also be shunned by a portion of society at work or at play.
Even close friends may start to back away when they see that an addiction is forming. They may try to be supportive at first, however, long term exposure can make them back off and limit visits. Smokers may be a minority in many social situations. The general public is leaning towards a more smoke-free environment. Smokers, therefor, may be quite difficult
3Poor Quality of Life
Quality of life tends to go downhill when there is an addiction of any sort. There is no way to retain friendships with non-smokers in the same intimate way when you smoke regularly. Smokers often have to be seen by the doctor on a regular basis, and may be unable to enjoy exercise due to breathing issues. This can get worse over time, completely inhibiting the enjoyment of various situations, without an inhaler on hand. This can be especially difficult for young people that like to spend time with their peers. Younger people tend to take part in more physically demanding activities. These are not always possible for a smoker.
Smokers may be using a large part of their day, and income, feeding their habit. They may take their last penny to buy cigarettes to make it through to the next paycheck, ignoring basic needs. Breaks at work are usually spend trying to get a cigarette, instead of talking to coworkers. This is a very isolating way to live.
Smokers may also be unable to enjoy any time out and about due to smoking restrictions. They have to keep visiting the smoking area to feed their addiction on a regular basis. This means they may not make it through an entire with a friend at restaurant. They may have a hard time if they have to visit a hospital, as there is no smoking allowed. If they are visiting a friend, they cannot stay long. If a smoker is admitted to the hospital for other health issues, they may end up in withdrawals from the nicotine.
Relationships take a lot of effort in any situation. Smoking can make them especially difficult to maintain. Friends that do not visit every day may be able to make the relationship work better than those that are extremely close. Non-smoking friends are not willing to bring smoke into their home, and may not wish to be exposed in any situation. This means that visits must be limited, and in neutral areas. Close friends or family that are dealing with this may find that the relationship is constantly under strain.
While a good friend can be very tolerant, they are often not wanting to risk their own health. This means that a friend that comes over smelling like smoke may be turned away. This can cause hurt feelings, and eventually cause the demise of the entire friendship. Addictions are known for causing relationship issues, and cigarette smoking is no exception.
Romantic relationships are also a big issue. Many couples meet when they are young and a bit more open minded. A young individual may put up with a smoker, thinking that the habit is going to go away over time. They may even think that they can change the smoker. This is not usually the case, however. It soon becomes apparent that they cannot live together due to the smoking issue. It can be one thing to visit each other, but living in the same home is near impossible. There are sure to be arguments over the smell and health. If the smoker promises to quit, the nonsmoker may become frustrated when they don’t. This can lead to some nasty arguments, and even the ending of the relationship.
Smokers are also limited in where they live, or who they can live with. When a person starts smoking they are, most likely, living at home with parents. They may spend a lot of time trying to hide their bad habit. Eventually, however, the truth comes out and they are asked to leave. At the very least, parents of adult children may ask their kids to only smoke outside. Either way, smokes have to take into consideration the fact that most people do not want to deal with a house full of smoke and cigarette residue. When it is time to find a roommate, smokers usually have to seek out another smoker. Over time, the home becomes unbearable to visit by non-smokers.
When smokers are seeking to rent an apartment or home, they may also encounter difficulties. Non-smoking residences are very common in the wake of better health knowledge. A rental home, is also the property of someone else. The property owner is unlikely to submit to the expenses of remodeling a home after a smoker has lived there. Those that smoke in their rental property, without consent, are likely to incur many fees after they move out.
College age kids also have issues when it comes to housing. College dorms are not meant for smoking students. There are many rules that must be followed. Smoking outside, is likely one of them. When smokers realize their limited living situations, they are often willing to limit their smoking to the outdoors. This, however, is not a complete fix. The smell stays in their hair and clothes, making the entire environment smell bad, as well.
Smoking is a nasty habit that puts lives in danger. The health issues have been known for many years, yet the addictive nature of cigarettes has persisted. It may help to ban cigarettes since some people do not have the self-control to fight the issue themselves. A ban holds people accountable for their actions when it comes to illegal substances. Nicotine may not impair cognitive skills in the same way that drugs and alcohol do. They do, however, cause massive long-term health issues.
Smokers also suffer socially, not just physically. They are often left out of activities and visits to friends’ houses, as others do not want to deal with the smoke. Cigarette smoking ends up controlling the lives of those who become addicted. It can even be difficult to find a place to live when you are a smoker. Many apartment buildings do not want smokers, as the cleanup is challenging when they move out. The smell infiltrates the walls and carpets. It is almost impossible to completely remove it. This can also cost the smoker a lot of money. They must forfeit their deposit and even pay extra, at times.
Smokers are, unfortunately, at risk for losing their lives from massive health issues. Cancer is the main problem when it comes to smoking. Smaller illnesses, like asthma, can also be draining on the person. Lung cancer is often fatal, and can lead to a heartbreaking loss for family and friends. Many people may try to help a smoker recover, with no success. A ban on smoking may help to limit pollution, keep children healthy, and leave less people isolated. Any addiction can wreak havoc on the lives the addict and those close to them. A ban can help to curb the popularity of cigarettes.