CIGARETTE by momiadds



A cigarette is a small roll of finely cut tobacco leaves wrapped in a cylinder of thin
paper for smoking. The cigarette is ignited at one end and allowed to smolder; its
smoke is inhaled from the other end, which is held in or to the mouth and in some cases
a cigarette holder may be used as well. Most modern manufactured cigarettes are
filtered and include reconstituted tobacco and other additives.
The earliest forms of cigarettes were largely indistinguishable from their
predecessor, the cigar. Cigarettes have been attested in Central America
around the 9th century in the form of reeds and smoking tubes. The Maya,
and later the Aztecs, smoked tobacco and various psychoactive drugs in
religious rituals and frequently depicted priests and deities smoking on
pottery and temple engravings. The cigarette and the cigar were the most
common methods of smoking in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and
South America until recent times.

The South and Central American cigarette used various plant wrappers;
when it was brought back to Spain, maize wrappers were introduced, and by
the 17th century, fine paper. The resulting product was called papelate and is
documented in Goya's paintings La Cometa, La Merienda en el Manzanares,
and El juego de la pelota a pala (18th century)


    Youngsters like to try out forbidden stuff, they like to rebel, so they
     make take up smoking as a form of rebellion, especially when parents
     are too “strict and disciplinarian”. what starts out as a rebellion, could
     turn into a serious addiction.
    To imitate adults around them: usually parents who smoke, set an
     example for their children. Most people who smoke, have at least
     seen one of their parents/ relatives smoking. It seems to be okay to do
     it, and so they take it up as an accepted norm.
    Some teenagers take it up as a habit in order to appear cool and
     grown up, or to imitate role models, movie idols, etc.
 Peer pressure: smoking as a habit is picked up quite early in age.
  Many people start smoking in their teens, and it usually begins with
  peer pressure. Since the teenager sees most of his/her friends do it,
  they are pressurized in to trying it out in order to “fit-in” with the
 It seems to go hand in hand with drinking.
 Smoking as a stress buster: because of the “high” or the “kick” that
  nicotine provides the smoker with, many people turn to it as a stress
  buster. If you watch these people closely, monitor the times they light
  up a cigarette, you will find that there was a stress causing element
  that occurred just before the need to light-up.
 Smoking as an emotional crutch: many smokers feel helpless, or out
  of control in their lives. They feel “uncared for” or “un-loved”. These
  people could use smoking as an emotional crutch.
 The last couple of reasons - smoking as a stress buster and as an
  emotional crutch, implies there is a deeper issue to smoking.

    Subconsciously, people who smoke are running from some issues
     they do not wish to deal with. They use this habit of smoking, to
     create a smoke-screen rather than deal with the issue that troubles
    If you do ask a smoker who finds it difficult to quit smoking, you
     will find he/ she as a lot of stuff in their lives they are not happy
     about. They have a long list of complaints such as broken
     relationships, boredom- they are bored with their lives, on the
     surface of it, they may have hectic, busy lifestyles, but they still
     seem to think something is lacking, they fill up the perceived void
     with smoking.
    Smokers have a sense of low-self esteem. Usually they do not
     have a sense of self-worth, they mostly have dysfunctional
           families. They feel people do not accept them for who they really
           are, so they need something to hide behind and smoke provides
           the perfect screen.

Most people get started smoking with their first cigarettes given to them by
older friends or family members. Part of the reason they smoke is to be a
part of the crowd that they admire or people they aspire to emulate. Many
times their peers encourage them to start, and even show them how it is
done, even how to do things such as blowing smoke rings, etc.

It is about image more than anything else as most people would agree that
the first cigarette is certainly not pleasant. If food tasted that bad most of us
would never eat again. It becomes a challenge to overcome the coughing,
burning throat, the choking, the burning of the eyes. If something is seen to
be cool or fashionable then there will be many people who will do it simply
to be accepted by their peers.

The majority of people find that smoking tastes bad and makes them feel bad
until they become accustomed to the taste then those feelings disappear. By
that time they have started to become addicted to the tobacco and nicotine
and a new problem presents itself


         I really enjoy smoking,
         It relaxes me,
         It keeps me thin.
         I can quit any time I want
         It looks cool – an image perpetuated by cigarette use in pop culture
         It will keep you from eating and help you lose weight
         Cigarettes will help you think and make homework easier
         Smoking helps you relax
         They don’t know anyone who has died from smoking.
After a very short time the addictive nature of tobacco and nicotine start to
control the smoking habit, which makes so many people continue to smoke
long after they realize the many ways it is affecting their health. Knowing
that they are shortening their life is generally not enough incentive to quit.

 smoking brings to the smokers health and longevity and it is becoming a
more unacceptable practice and not seen as fashionable in many areas of

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