I’m not sure if I have to elaborate on this topic since the negative effects of smoking should be well known, but I’ll do it anyway.
Smoking is probably the worst thing you can do for your health and almost every smoker regrets starting to smoke. That should be all there is to say. Gladly we can learn very much from smoking, but I’ll get to that in a second.
First of all, if you start smoking it’s like signing up for a cancer lottery, with very high odds to win. Smoking is the world’s leading avoidable cause of cancer. Sadly, not only for lung cancer. Smoking is known to increase at least 14 different kinds of cancers.
Besides that, the average smokers lose around 10 years of his life, compared to a nonsmoker, that’s usually more than 10 percent of your life.
The sad thing about smoking is that most people don’t enjoy it, they’re just addicted to the nicotine in the cigarettes. You don’t know how many people told me that they wish to quit smoking, but it is really hard.
Studies even suggest that tobacco’s addictive qualities are comparable to those of harder drugs like heroin or cocaine.
Giving up smoking is a hard thing to do, but, in my opinion, the health organizations, have done quite a good (though slow) job in reducing the number of smokers. If you are smoking you should do everything in your power to quit that habit.
What can we learn from smoking?
Here’s the thing. Some decades ago, smoking was seen as the most normal thing that one could do. Everyone was smoking. The guy on the TV, professional athletes, entertainers and even your doctor. Those times are long gone.
There has always been evidence that smoking isn’t good for you, especially that it is addictive, but nobody listened. The big health organizations took too much time to realize that it’s a critical issue to be addressed.
Unfortunately, we’re doing the same thing today with several other things. The top two probably include sugar and sitting.
Sugar appears to be the most normal thing in the world, but there are already several studies and health authorities that are suggesting that sugar is almost as bad as smoking. You can compare this to smoking. Everybody used to do it, but it’s getting less, but often too slowly. Listen to those early studies and avoid sugar.
Researchers recently also claimed that sitting is the new smoking. I’ve already mentioned this several times, but the average person sits 9.3 hours per day. That’s more than the average person sleeps (6-7 hours).
Early studies already suggest that sitting increases the risk of dying from every cause. This is even the case if you exercise. Some people realize this, but the majority don’t see it. Avoid sitting like you avoid smoking, in 5 to 10 years both terms will be used in one sentence.
“There used to be a time when smoking, sitting and sugar were the leading causes of death among people around the world”.
Steps to take:
- Do everything you can to stop smoking.
- Think about comparable things like sugar or sitting and if you are falling into the same trap.