How do people still start smoking?
It feels like we have known that smoking is bad forever. After all, the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service released the first report about the dangers of smoking in 1964, over 50 years ago. In light of that, we should have seen the end of smoking in the United States. So how do people start smoking? Why do people keep smoking? There is a big worldwide economy with smoking right? Wrong. The World Health Organization put out a report talking about these factors.
How People Start Smoking
In my personal experience, people that start smoking are people at risk. People in low-income housing, people with friends that smoke, and people with highly stressful lives are more likely to start smoking. If you subscribe to any of these groups, please be wary about the effects of tobacco, and know what you are doing to yourself before you light your first cigarette.
I have not met a smoker in my life that doesn’t seem to want to go back to when the first day when they decided to start smoking and say to themselves, “hey, don’t do that, pleeeeeease just put that cigarette out!” I have worked at a restaurant, and I have literally met teenagers that will start smoking just to have a break, as restaurants give smokers breaks much more often than non-smokers. All I ask of you is that before you start smoking, you become informed on the effects of it.
Smoking and The Economy
Smoking costs the world economy over $1 trillion per year, and only generates $239 billion in revenue from taxes. With 1.1 billion smokers in the world, this is a huge problem. Approximately 226 million of these smokers are living their life in poverty. The WHO then cites a study stating that if the taxes on smoking around the world were increased by just $0.80 U.S. then there would be a 47 % increase in revenue. This would help to eliminate up to 66 million adult smokers. Is this the proper tactic to stop those who smoke or who will start smoking?
What are the options to deter smokers?
Alright everyone, it is 2017. It is officially time to quit smoking. While these private businesses make billions of money off of cigarettes, the healthcare system in the United States pays more than that for the health of smokers. If all that it took to stop smoking was to flip a switch off, would smokers do it? I think they would. I also think that the thinking of that isn’t too far off.
If flipping that switch just meant picking up a vape pen with 5% nicotine in it, is that not an easy alternative to it? While vaping is still addictive when there is nicotine in it, at least the person is avoiding all of the other bad things in cigarettes. If the economy of the world realized this, we would start putting heavy taxes on cigarettes, and light taxes on vape pens and their cartridges. By doing this, how many of those smokers would convert over? How many people would still choose to start smoking over vaping? It is an interesting idea, and ideas are important. And after all, we have to represent the Vape Naysh y’all:
All jokes aside, I see the many good things about vaping. Nicotine is the most addictive ingredient in cigarettes, and vaping may provide an alternative to smokers, who can then avoid many of the health effects.
I am not at liberty to tell someone whether they are allowed to start smoking and neither are you. It is unfortunate that some people decide to go that route, but the best thing that we can do is to inform them about the health effects of smoking, and what potential alternatives they have to it. If you have a friend or family member that you would like to stop smoking, let them know that alternatives like vaping, nicotine gum, and nicotine patches exist. The best way to help someone quit smoking, or not start smoking at all, is to give them context as to what it is doing to their body, and how they can help themselves out!
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