People Just Keep On Smoking

As a child of 2 smokers, I always hated cigarette smoke. The smell of it has always made me sick, sick with disgust. I hated those days of being enveloped in a cloud of what smelled like death to me. Truth be told, I was not far from the truth. I have even had personal training clients come to their sessions having just finished a cigarette in their car on the way to the gym…(insert deep breath and exhale). It always boggled me, but I tried to be empathetic and understand that the addiction was powerful and I never experienced it so I could not l know what they were going through. Smoking is still a significant problem in the world, even in sophisticated countries like the Unites States of America.

Cigarette Smoking Statistics

In the United States, an estimated 24.8 million men (23.1 percent) and 21.1 million women (18.3 percent) are smokers. These people are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke. * National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 2008, National Center for Health Statistics.

Smoking has been linked to several serious medical conditions such as strokes. I have had people in may family, who smoked, have strokes. It has been pretty tough on everyone, not just the patient.

Stroke killed 137,119 people in 2006. It’s the third largest cause of death, ranking behind “diseases of the heart” and all forms of cancer. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.

Experts think that more explicit warnings will deter people from purchasing and using cigarettes and other tobacco products. “”Some very explicit, almost gruesome pictures may be necessary,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in an interview with the Associated Press. “This is a very, very serious public health issue, with very, very serious medical consequences,” such as cancer, heart disease, strokes and lung diseases.”

I have travelled overseas and I laugh to myself when I see the warning signs on the cigarette boxes “Smoking causes cancer and may kill you.” It does not get much more clear than that. If they think dead bodies will stop the addiction to the drug nicotine and the act of smoking, I think they are wrong. Who knows maybe it will deter a handful of people from ever trying smoking, and if that is the case, the campaign will have been successful.

As a child of 2 smokers, I always hated cigarette smoke. The smell of it has always made me sick, sick with disgust. I hated those days of being enveloped in a cloud of what smelled like death to me. Truth be told, I was not far from the truth. I have even had personal training clients come to their sessions having just finished a cigarette in their car on the way to the gym…(insert deep breath and exhale). It always boggled me, but I tried to be empathetic and understand that the addiction was powerful and I never experienced it so I could not l know what they were going through. Smoking is still a significant problem in the world, even in sophisticated countries like the Unites States of America.

Cigarette Smoking Statistics

In the United States, an estimated 24.8 million men (23.1 percent) and 21.1 million women (18.3 percent) are smokers. These people are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke. * National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 2008, National Center for Health Statistics.

Smoking has been linked to several serious medical conditions such as strokes. I have had people in may family, who smoked, have strokes. It has been pretty tough on everyone, not just the patient.

Stroke killed 137,119 people in 2006. It’s the third largest cause of death, ranking behind “diseases of the heart” and all forms of cancer. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.

Experts think that more explicit warnings will deter people from purchasing and using cigarettes and other tobacco products. “”Some very explicit, almost gruesome pictures may be necessary,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in an interview with the Associated Press. “This is a very, very serious public health issue, with very, very serious medical consequences,” such as cancer, heart disease, strokes and lung diseases.”

I have travelled overseas and I laugh to myself when I see the warning signs on the cigarette boxes “Smoking causes cancer and may kill you.” It does not get much more clear than that. If they think dead bodies will stop the addiction to the drug nicotine and the act of smoking, I think they are wrong. Who knows maybe it will deter a handful of people from ever trying smoking, and if that is the case, the campaign will have been successful.

Eric Beard
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Corrective Exercise Specialist
AthleticShoulder.com
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