From chocolate to alcohol, nail biting to tanning, habits both good and bad are spread widely among us.
Among many, cigarette smoking may possibly be the most engaging of all.
Cigarettesdigest.com sheds light on a wide array of statistics, including that “every eight seconds, someone dies from tobacco use.”
In the time that it took to read that sentence, someone has died.
In the time it will take for you to clearly conceptualize the depth of that sentence, another will have died.
Indoor tanning is also another bad habit, one that many of us conform to despite our own awareness of the long-term effects.
Alcohol, tanning, chocolate and cigarette smoking all have one thing in common -— addiction.
Each of these release endorphins that enhance one’s state of mind to a condition that one finds enjoyable, and thus returns to the substance for another go-round.
But where exactly does the addiction come from? For tanners, does the addiction solidify from the sensation created from the warm plastic up against bare skin?
For chocolate lovers, though we may despise the weight-gaining outcome, why do we shove the smooth substance down our throats?
Is it the momentary bliss that keeps the product on the market and in our stomachs?
For cigarette smokers, does the addiction arise from the nicotine’s effect?
Similar to that of coffee?
Or does the cigarette addiction come from the slow motion of raising your arm and placing your fingers to your mouth with a thinly rolled paper, giving off a warm blazing feeling and a cloudy puff of smoke?
When one thinks of a habit, one must consider what aspect of the activity or product is the addictive part that forms the initial habit.
For many drugs, it is the high that is produced.
Does the same courtesy lend itself to cigarettes, where the release of the drug or nicotine become the addiction?
Recently, electronic cigarettes have been marketed.
These are much more expensive than traditional cigarettes, but they are considered a healthier choice.
An oxymoron, but the newer product leaves out the harsh chemicals and has a cleaner, water-vapor filter that is intended to again, be much healthier.
Because the electronic sticks do not contain the same filter, the gray polluted smoke is also eliminated.
This allows people to smoke indoors without the release of smoke.
People will now feel compelled to smoke more often with these cigarettes as they are granted the luxury of smoking in their own homes now if they refused to before.
Electronic cigarettes defeat the purpose of marketing a healthier option as they are still contributing to the habit of smoking and may in some cases encourage one to smoke.
When it comes to smoking cigarettes, there are many different habits involved, including the habit of the motion and the habit of the nicotine release.
While a new form of cancer sticks has been marketed, are they ultimately encouraging one to divulge deeper into the habit while allowing more freedom to smoke publicly?