If you stop smoking today what will you save in health and wealth? The health and energy you’ll need to experience, the wealth is easily calculated: packs per day x 30 .
Did you know that most smokers had their first cigarette at about twelve years old? Who said Joe Camel wasn’t aimed at kids? Why do people use something whose package says, “Dangerous to your health” and is smoking really addictive; is that addiction physiological or psychological? Maybe addiction to nicotine is technically correct but the real connection to smoking may be due to its effect as a distracter.
Initially a young person might smoke to join the in-crowd, act grown up, maybe out of defiance; a lot of normal adolescent reasons. Eventually however, smoking might become a distracter, something that provides relief from an unpleasant feeling. Distractors come in many forms, smoking, drinking, shopping, gambling; they are all the same when done in excess, activities used to take our mind off an unpleasant feeling.
The primary problem with the addiction issue is that we use the same word to describe everything from the addiction to alcohol, street drugs, heroin, morphine or prescription medication. Smoking might be far removed from the physiological addictions of the list of substances just mentioned. Ever know a woman who smoked but as soon as she found out she was pregnant became a non-smoker in an instant? Never went into cardiac shock, didn’t drop to the floor convulsing in spasmodic muscle contractions and wasn’t rushed to the hospital for smoking withdrawal syndrome.
People come to my office weekly who may be smoking multiple packs of cigarettes a day, spend time with me and might leave a non-smoker; poof, puff.* Maybe addiction to nicotine is technically correct but the real connection to the cigarette might be due to its effect as a distractor.