3 of the Most Common Excuses For Smoking Debunked

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Almost anyone who smokes can admit that the habit is lethal.  In groups of smokers, lung cancer jokes are the norm –almost said in an ominous tone: ‘You don’t want to live forever do you?’  Of course not… who would want that?  Motivation to quit smoking is very dependent upon an understanding of smoking facts, but sometimes, even this isn’t enough.

Though, there really is a gaining consensus on the understanding that smoking kills.  The more smoking one does, the less life one lives.  Sure, there are many who object to such rationale, saying that it is futile to make such grandiose correlations; however, let’s just pretend that the most obvious answer is the correct one: non-smokers live longer than smokers.

So, what truly is the problem?  Why are millions and millions still smoking despite the glaring and inescapable conclusion that, statistically speaking, a painful suffocated death is basically inevitable for a habitual smoker?  There are many answers to this. One problem most likely has something to do with the nearsightedness of excuses.

 

Excuse #1: Smoking Relaxes Me

3 excuses for smoking 3We’ve heard a variation of this one time and time again: “smoking is relaxing.”  “Smoking relieves my stress.”  This is one of the best lines: “I can’t quit smoking, because stress isn’t healthy.”

While this is certainly a concern, and it is very common for a ‘smoke break’ to feel like a bit of a stress reliever… is it really?  Does smoking truly relieve stress, allow us to unwind, and process life for a short 10-minute break?

Scientific evidence heartily disagrees.

In fact, according to WebMD, smoking actually increases anxiety levels and can even cause certain anxiety disorders:

“Although regular smokers may find that cigarettes have a temporary calming effect, because smoking relieves their nicotine withdrawal symptoms, [that study] found that regular smokers who quit smoking for more than two weeks had lower anxiety levels than when they were smoking regularly.”

Essentially, prior to smoking a person’s anxiety level is ‘normal’.  When a person begins smoking, the individual’s anxiety level escalates, and only goes back to ‘normal’ during the act of smoking.  Basically, it’s a nicotine addiction that increases anxiety due to chronic withdrawal symptoms.

The kicker is the fact that this study proved something maddening about smoking: it’s a habit that is neither relaxing, nor does it contribute to having a relaxed life.  Smoking essentially forces a person to live under anxiety producing withdrawal symptoms, and only during a cigarette break can a smoker find relief.

There is a silver lining to this cancerous conundrum: once a smoker has kicked the habit for two weeks, anxiety levels return back to normal.  The WebMD-published study is just as powerful an argument for quitting, as a Kerry Gaynor star-studded smoking cessation testimonial video.  The moral of the story is that if you want to find stress relief –then stop smoking.

 

Excuse #2: The Damage Is Done… Too Late For Me

One of the most common excuses for quitting is a little less obvious and a little more heartbreaking.  For those who have been smoking for 10, 20, 50 years, it may feel like they’ve already signed their death sentence, and there’s no going back.  Many simply keep smoking, because this is a habit they’ve carried for several decades –despite the fact that cigarettes are already causing major health problems.

3 excuses for smoking 2It’s the idea that, ‘Well, I’m doomed anyway, so I may as well not go through the hassle of quitting.’

But, is this true?  Is a veteran smoker truly doomed and inevitably going to succumb to the health complications of the habit?  Studies empirically say: not the case.  In fact, quitters have come to report immensely positive health effects within mere weeks, and statistical health benefits within a year.  In another WebMD article, we find that this is the case:

“Your health will improve even if you quit at 70,” says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association.

The benefits of quitting start the day you stop. “Within a month, you will feel like you have more air, because you do,” Fiore says. “Within a year, your risk of having a heart attack will be cut by 50%.”

These smoking facts offer an interesting take on the understanding of how smoking can affect health.  It is the addiction to the habit that results in a loss of quality of life and wellbeing.  Also, it is the continuation of the habit that results in an almost certainty of a shortened lifespan.  However, in quitting –both of these facts can be reversed, as proven by the above study.

Simply put, in quitting –there is always improved health and renewed hope.

 

Excuse #3: It’s Not Really As Bad As They Say

According to the CDC, it’s fairly obvious that the anti-smoking machine isn’t based on a conspiracy to rob us of our smoking pleasure.  You really can’t make this stuff up:

“Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 440,000 Americans each year, with an estimated 49,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs $96 billion in medical costs and $97 billion in lost productivity each year.”

Essentially, a department of the US government is willing to stake itself to the claim that if smokers stopped smoking, then the US would rid itself of the largest preventable cause of death and disease.  That’s quite the statement.

Perhaps one of the most unfortunate parts about this statistic is that a grand shy of 50,000 die every year from someone else’s de facto suicide pact.  Secondhand smoke kills those who didn’t choose smoking for themselves –thus, debunking yet another excuse, claiming that smoking only harms the smoker.

The proof is simply out there, whether we are willing to acknowledge it or not: the choice to pick up the habit is paramount to signing ones own death certificate.  However, this fact can truly be reversed if we all make the choice to quit, kicking the habit forever.

But, what stands in the way, between this lofty goal and a continuation of almost a half-million dead bodies annually?  Simply put, all that is left are mere petty excuses.

Kerry Gaynor

Kerry’s purpose and overarching objective in developing his Method since he began thirty years ago has always been the same: to help save lives. Addictions or ailments, whether it is smoking cigarettes or over eating, can feel a lot like being a prisoner or a slave to your addiction. Kerry has experienced so much fulfillment from helping people unchain themselves from their addictions that it is the only thing he has ever cared to do since his very first client.

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