WHY PEOPLE START CIGARETTE INTRODUCTION: 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. History 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) OBSERVATION WHY PEOPLE START SMOKING: 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 crowd. 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. PROBLEM FACE 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 them. 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. CONCLUSION 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 SOME TIME THEIR FEEL: 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. MESSAGE 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 society.
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