Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Do not wait for the danger signal to beep...Just give it up before it gets too late.
I started smoking when I was just 19 years of age. It all started with me trying to impress those around me and it was just “cool”. I always felt that I was giving to others and to myself feeling of having grown up. Before I realized what I was walking into, I had reached a stage when I used to consume almost 40 cigarettes a day. It was all about living life king-size. Most of the boys follow almost the same pattern and end up being addicted.
I gave up smoking since I started receiving danger signal
It is so simple starting smoking but is extremely difficult giving it up which is applicable to every bad habit .Tobacco contains highly addictive nicotine .Stastically, 90% of smokers started before they were 18 yrs of age. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts. Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Your smoke is also bad for other people - they breathe in your smoke second hand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do……( NIH: National Cancer Institution)

It is all about addiction .Once you start; it is very difficult to stop.  Like heroin or other addictive drugs, the body and mind quickly become so used to the nicotine in cigarettes that a person needs to have it just to feel normal. . Smoking doesn’t just cause cancer. There are plenty of things smoking does to your body that can be considered worse than death.
Thankfully, there is greater awareness in India on danger of smoking. Cigarette companies aren’t allowed to advertise and smoking is banned in all public places.
Actually, since it is so dangerous to smoke, why doesn't the Government ban its manufacture?It wont as  It collects 350% excise duty on cigarette manufacturing.
Smoking is not allowed during flights. Have you ever wondered as to why aircrafts still have Ash Trays in the toilets? (Keep guessing)
Actually, since it is so dangerous to smoke, why doesn't the Government ban its manufacture? It wont as it collects 350% excise duty on cigarette manufacture.
I could give up smoking, so can you.
Do not walk away with excuse “I have decided to cut down on smoking”
You are either a smoker, or you are not one.
All you need is “will power”...Sorry it is “will not power”
Until then, live healthy.



Sandhya said...

'You are either a smoker, or you are not one.' Yes!

My husband had started smoking from his 10th std. After being a chain smoker for many years, he started to cut it down but could not. 14 years back, one day, on a festival day, we had many relatives at home and he beamingly said that he didn't smoke from the previous morning! Since he declared in front of so many people, though he was tempted to start smoking after a couple of days, he didn't do it! Yes, it was difficult for some months. Then he was OK.

Will power only can help. It must have been the same with you, Chowlaji. Great!

Jayashree Srivatsan said...

My dad used to smoke and it did affect his lungs in the end .... I know how hard he had tried many times to give it up but it was not at all easy .... You are right , will power plays a great role

sm said...

nice post if one can not stop
should control it
and try minimum numbers of cig.

Anita Desai said...

This post reminded me of my father Mr.Chowla. One day, he just threw the butt out and never smoked again. Hope some smokers will read this and realise the dangers. As for govt banning the manufacture, you said it right.

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