‘Smoking’-quite an honourable form of suicide

When I sat down to write this article, my mind blazed with ideas on how to have fun with writing this.
I was going to write five hundred words on how I am afraid of maggots , but I realized : smoking is
not a laughing matter. In today’s high school subcultures, it’s astonishing that there are kids that
don’t smoke by their senior year, and how it came to be is just as marvelous. The influence pressed
on myself and people like me are indeed fantastic and how we are convinced that ‘smoking’ is taboo
is both relevant and vital to helping others to follow in our footsteps.
Smokers are a dying breed. The impressionable youths of today are no longer the audiences of
Cartoons and advertisements encountering the once popular pastime, but instead are told from a
young age by organizations like WHO(World Health Organization), that smoking is not a mere
gameplay. All my life, I’ve been told smoking is a health hazard and its façade as a ‘cool’ pastime
was a lie : I’ve seen the inside both literally and figuratively, of a long time smoker and that has
been enough for me to avoid smoking like the plague.
Tobacco use in the Indian subcontinent is centuries old, the two main forms of its use
are chewing and smoking. The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the
world has ever faced, killing around 6 million a year. Nearly 80% of the more than 1 billion smokers
worldwide in low and middle income countries where the burden of tobacco related illness and death
is heaviest. Tobacco users who die prematurely deprive their families of income, raise a cost of healthcare and hinder economic development. After coming to know about such consequences we come across another question, which is Why do people start smoking? Most people start smoking
when they are in their teens and are addicted by the time they reach adulthood. Some have tried to
quit but have returned to cigarettes because smoking is a strong addiction. Three of the main reasons
that young people smoke are to look mature, to be like their friends, and to experiment. Since teens
see older people all around them smoking, especially their parents and relatives, they smoke to
act older. If their friends or peers smoke they may feel pressurized into doing the same to avert isolation
The last reason is the excitement of experimenting with something that is forbidden. Adults may smoke
Fir various reasons, they may be experiencing a lot of stress and pressures because of economic or personal problems. They may be unemployed or working but not making enough money. All these people may smoke to feel relaxed or to give them energy while going through a hard time. Whether young or old, some people smoke to control their weight. Smokers, on an average weigh seven pounds
less than non-smokers. Finally, there are people who say that they love to smoke. Smoking gives them pleasure. It just makes them feel good! To them, it is like a wild escape from this high paced world. Sone people say that smoking helps them concentrate better and ‘soothe’ up their mind. Even some famous detectives like Sherlock Holmes was portrayed as to think better when the ‘smoke thickens’!
I, myself have seen a smoker who is indeed very close to me, my father. He had been a smoker since high school. While it does sound awful, I believe most men his age were encouraged to smoke as children. However, this is not something he is proud of. As long as I can remember, my father has made the conscious decision to never smoke in my presence. And, as soon as I was capable of speech, he would tell me almost monthly, “Don’t be a smoker like me”. I’ve always seen my father as a man of strong will and seeing him grapple with his attempts to quit have had a powerful impact on my perception of smoking.
I know that it is not possible to change the stereotypical mentality of people worldwide, but it is possible to create an impact on their hearts. So, I conclude my article by advising that in this ‘tech-savvy’ world, one must at least make a click about tobacco(on ‘google guru’ ofcourse) before indulging into it. Put your cigarette out before it puts you out, because if we lose the battle against Tobacco, we would surely lose the war against cancer. So, just say ‘NO’..!!