Some folks would argue that smoke-a-holic is only a cute euphemism which shouldn’t be compared to what they believe degrading syndromes. Contrary to the belief, nicotine addiction can be equally as strong and deadly as any of these additional problems. In actuality, if you complete the amount of people who die yearly of all of these other conditions combined, they wouldn’t add up to the amount of deaths attributed to cigarette smoking. Until recently, the notion of cigarette being a physiologically addictive substance was contentious in the global medical community. For a drug to be considered addictive, it has to meet certain criteria. First, it has to be capable of causing physical withdrawal upon cessation.
Secondly, tolerance to the medication usually develops. Increasingly larger doses become necessary to achieve the same desirable effects. Smokers experience this phenomenon because their cigarette consumption gradually increases from what likely was sporadic occasional usage to a required daily intake of one or more packs.
The third criterion is an addictive substance becomes an entirely consuming requirement to its consumer, usually leading to what is considered by a society as anti-social behaviour. Many have argued that cigarette smoking fails to meet this requirement. True, most smokers don’t resort to deviant behaviors to keep their dependency, but this is due to the fact that the majority of smokers do manage to readily receive the entire complement of cigarettes they will need to satisfy the addiction. When smokers are deprived of easy availability of cigarettes, the situation is wholly different.
During World War II, in concentration camps in Germany, prisoners weren’t given enough food to meet minimum caloric nutritional requirements. A frequent practice among smoking offenders was to trade away their scarce supplies of life-sustaining food for cigarettes. Even today, in underdeveloped countries, such as Bangladesh, parents with hungry children barter away essential food for cigarettes. This isn’t normal behavior.
Throughout the”quit smoking clinics” I run, a lot of participants admit to going through ashtrays, garbage cans and, if needed, gutters searching for butts which might still have a salvageable value of a few puffs if their own supplies are depleted because of carelessness or unforeseen conditions. To them, it’s ill to think that they ever performed such a grisly act, but a lot of them realize that if they were currently smoking and caught in a similar situation, they would be fully capable of replicating the macabre event.
It’s addictive. Consider this when you have the urge for a cigarette. Don’t take that opportunity.