19 September 2006

Game is over already for many smokers

Women smoke to be as elegant and classy as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Men smoke to be wild and mysterious like Brad Pitt in Fight Club. During many years and still today there was kind of a social conditioning for smoking. Something everyone should do, if they ever wanted to be included in the "winners" side at the end of the game. Regretfully, the game is over already for many smokers that had to suffer the most common consequence of smoking, i.e., an early death.

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, and that the death toll caused by tobacco-related products is at nearly five million people a year. By the year 2020, the number of deaths will double to ten million a year if the current smoking patterns continue. Statistics indicate that despite a decline in the number of adults who smoke, more of children under the age of 18 start smoking each day.

When trying to quit smoking you will surely have irritability, anxiety, depression, cravings and many other symptoms, arising due to the addiction to nicotine. Nicotine meets both the psychological and physiological characteristics of what we call an addiction. And yes, no one denies it; quitting cigarette smoking can be a real nightmare for many people. Millions of people worldwide try to break the nicotine habit, but only 10 percent of them succeed. Will you succeed?

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