Smokers do not understand or they pretend not to understand the consequences caused by their addiction on their health, wealth, family, relatives, colleagues and the entire community.
Smokers tend to ignore the dire consequences of burnt tobacco on the ecosystem, our flora and fauna.
Though the internet is overflowing with statistics of preventable deaths caused by inhalation of tobacco fumes, smokers lend a deaf year to these key facts and even ridicule smoking bans and regulations.
A few unbiased statistics related to smoking and smoking related deaths, that are ignored by smokers, are as under:
#1. Smoking is the largest cause of preventable deaths in the United States
Smokers tend to ignore that smoking causes over 480,000 causalities in the US annually. This fact indicates that there are as many as 1800 deaths every day. This appalling reality makes smoking deadlier than accidents and other catastrophes.
They tend to ignore the huge burden caused to the Government in extending health care to people affected due to smoking related illnesses.
Since tobacco deaths are preventable by simply stopping to use tobacco products, it is nothing but wilful ignorance on the part of smokers that have led to this sorry state of affairs in many nations.
#2. Almost all occasional smokers in youth tend to become daily smokers when they become adults
Many adults tend to ignore incidents of cigarette smoking by their children, under the assumption that it is a mere temptation experienced by pre-teens and adolescents.
They tend to ignore the fact that children can become very easily addicted to nicotine that is notorious for its addictive properties.
In school and college, children resort to smoking, yielding to the pleasure of doing something on the sly, or in order to maintain the friendship of senior students who bully them into smoking.
Statistics reveal that every occasional smoker is under the risk of becoming a heavy smoker on reaching adolescence.
#3. By 2030, usage of tobacco products will be responsible for causing more than 8 billion deaths annually
With every puff of cigarette, the lung tissues absorb nicotine and body becomes susceptible to cancer of mouth, lungs and other vital organs.
Smokers tend to think that there are other significant causes like air pollution caused by factors other than smoking and hence smoking alone cannot be held responsible for deaths.
However, a fitting example is Australia, where mounting death rates are not due to air pollution, but due to smoking.
#4. It is possible to quit smoking even after years of heavy smoking
This is a lame excuse put forth by heavy smokers that quit smoking programs are meant only for young and occasional smokers.
They argue that heavy smokers will succumb to nicotine withdrawal symptoms in such high degrees that a relapse is unavoidable.
However, for the attention of diehard smokers, the right blend of techniques and therapies will ease the withdrawal symptoms and lead to effective smoking cessation.
Age is not a bar for quitting smoking.
#5. The Brain requires up to 3 months to resume normal functionality after abstinence from nicotine
Ignoring the serious and long-term consequences of nicotine on the functionality of brain, it is a practise for some smokers not to bother about abstinence, since they think that it is possible to stop smoking whenever they wish.
The reality is far from this ignorant misconception. Nicotine, by instigating dopamine release, holds the brain under its control. It takes a long time for the brain to come back to normality.
Smokers, by ignoring this fact, are only increasing the damages to the brain, by procrastinating the decision to quit.
#6. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms taper gradually after peaking for 3 to 5 days
By exaggerating the severity of withdrawal symptoms, smokers ignore the statistics on the life of these symptoms and conveniently assume that nicotine addiction is insurmountable.
A number of studies have revealed that nicotine withdrawal symptoms will remain at peak for the initial days and gradually taper after that, making smoking cessation much easier with passage of time.
In addition to this, several therapies such as NRT and behavioural techniques can help manage symptoms better.
#7. About 3200 people aged 18 and below, start smoking daily in the United States
Smokers tend to think that smoking regulations and bans can take care of the issue entirely and the State can keep smoking related deaths at bay.
Young people can become easy preys of smoking addiction. Statistics reveal that more and more youngsters are becoming heavy smokers.
A number of factors such as second hand smoking, peer pressure etc, hold adult smokers responsible for this distressing trend among the youth.
#8. Longevity of smokers and non-smokers differ by ten years
Smokers tend to ignore the proven difference between life expectancy of themselves and the non-smoking population. On an average, a smoker lives 10 years lesser than a non-smoker.
Attention from smokers to this fact will give them enough incentive to stop smoking instantly.
However, even in these informed ages, people believe that there is no visible divide on the basis of longevity of smokers and non-smokers.
#9. Second-hand smoking affects pets in more than 20 ways
This statistic is ignored even by animal lovers, since a significant portion of animal lovers are heavy smokers.
By second hand smoking, by licking ashtrays and by chewing cigarette stubs, pets and even street animals are prone to health hazards.
Indiscriminate throwing away of portions of cigarette and cigarette cartons leads to death of marine animals.
#10. Smoking during pregnancy is a high risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Many expecting mothers cannot bring themselves to stop smoking, despite the fact that smoking can cause various heath ailments including SIDS, attention deficit disorders and also physical infirmities in the foetus and in new born children.
The rate of pregnant women smoking is becoming alarmingly intense, despite the fact that information on tobacco related health hazards are being well-publicized during the pre-natal and post-natal phases.
A closer study of these shocking statistics will reveal the urgent need to beckon and summon the smoking population to save their own kith and kin from the banes of tobacco.