Smoking tobacco is known world-wide as the leading cause of preventable death. With the death rate skyrocketing, it's a wonder why smoking is still even an option. The proportion of daily smokers, ages 18-44, has dropped significantly from the 2001 study (28.2%) to the 2014-2015 (11.3%) study. So, why with the rising cost, in depth studies, and encouraging support systems do the 11% of tobacco users still smoke?
Many people rationalize that smoking is a personal choice and has nothing to do with anyone else besides the smoker and their vice; however, the consequences to smoking doesn't just end with the person lighting up. Smoking affects loved ones in a multitude of ways.
On September 1st, 2017, the costs of cigarettes rose an extra AUD$2.50 in price, making a pack of Marlboros currently retailing at AUD$25.10. The government estimates the cost of a pack of cigarettes to be AUD$40 by 2020 and intends to carry out a tobacco excise of 12.5% annually. North America has also raised the cost of cigarettes in some states to nearly USD$14.00 (NYC) per pack and plans to continue to raise the cost of tobacco drastically so as to impact families financially in the future. This proactive response has encouraged many smokers to quit, as their families are being affected by the rising cost of a "personal habit", and those who choose to continue to smoke are forced to spend more of their limited incomes on tobacco instead of family needs.
The government estimates the cost of a pack of cigarettes to be AUD$40 by 2020.
Smoking is not only an all-consuming addiction, but is also know as a form of escapism. Tobacco users have been known to smoke in order to avoid boredom, sadness, stress, and anger. Many families feel the wedge that tobacco can create with this form of coping. The inability to act without a cigarette is often in the forefront of many smokers minds, as they have relied on their habit to be with them throughout their every day lives.
- Feeling happy? Smoke.
- Excited about the new promotion? Smoke.
- Stressed about money? Smoke.
- Grab a cup of coffee? Smoke.
The association that this creates within the mind is a sense of dependency. Big or small, the habit to run to a pack of cigarettes for everything can often make maintaining other relationships difficult.
The list of effects of cigarettes to the human body is interminable. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, from reducing the activity in the brain and nervous system to prolonged exposure causing emphysema and cancer. No level of tobacco use is safe. Current smokers are estimated to die an average of 10 years earlier than non-smokers, and the risk of stillbirth is doubled if you are a pregnant tobacco user. Factor in medical bills, worry and stress of the family, and the dwindling health of the user, and the "personal choice" to smoke can easily harm those close by in more ways than one. That isn't even the worst of it.
Current smokers are estimated to die an average of 10 years earlier than non-smokers
Second-hand smoking, also known as passive or involuntary smoking, is the exposure to tobacco without actually partaking in the habit. It is scientifically proven that cigarette smoke can actually linger for hours, resulting in the same adverse effects of smoking to those who may not even be around the smoke itself. This means that the tobacco user's choice to smoke is not just a personal choice, but a choice made for the whole family.
Kicking the habit can be hard! QSN understands this completely and has developed the QSN Stop Smoking Program to help you. Contact us today and create your own inspiring quit smoking story for you and your whole family.