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A Delayed Action Suicide

If you keep wondering why smokers do not kick the habit of smoking, you should know that they lack the willpower to do so.

If you keep wondering why smokers do not kick the habit of smoking, you should know that they lack the willpower to do so. One can call it a delayed-action suicide, except that the prelude to death is pain and suffering that keep lingering for an indefinite duration of time. The tragic consequence of continued smoking is the onset of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), such as emphysema, asthma and bronchitis, all of which interfere with normal breathing.  

The most common problem, caused by constant smoking, is emphysema. It is a degenerative lung disease that occurs because of exposure to cigarette smoke, symptoms of which are shortness of breath when small air sacs in the lungs lose their elasticity. Symptoms include chronic coughing and wheezing. At the same time, emphysema can be a prelude to other health problems, such as erythrocytosis, a condition that begins with abnormally high levels of red blood cells.  Erythrocytosis gives way to other symptoms, such as weakness, dizziness, fatigue, light-headedness, headache and vision problems.

Inability to exercise or do any kind of heavy work serves as a signal that more problems are definitely ahead and it may be too late to quit smoking. Yet, in spite of the aforesaid symptoms, there are those that seem to be blind to the fact that the specter of death is in the offing, even when they find it difficult to breathe normally. Studies have shown that about ten million adults are diagnosed with COPD in  the year 2000. and it is definitely rising with the lapse of time. Statistics reveal that the COPD death rate for women has grown faster than that of men because of smoking.

In some third world countries, the progression of emphysema is also caused by poor indoor air quality, apart from smoking. Also, there seems to be a lack of emphasis on warnings, and a pronounced indifference on the part of the authorities to launch on a campaign of enforcing restrictions, prohibiting smokers from indulging in the habit, in places such as restaurants and cafes.  

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  1. At least here, in Washington state, we do have restaurant and workplace control of smoking. You can’t even smoke in bars here!
    Sadly, my father is one of the millions caught in the smokers’ web, who died still trying to quit.
    Great article!

  2. Where is your reference material for this piece? And not ALL smokers lack the will power to quit. My dad was a smoker for a number of years, he managed to “give it up” prior to my high school graduation. He was 84 when he passed away. His heart finally gave way. He had a quad by pass at the age of 80. His alleged emphysema was a mild case compared to my grandfather’s (his father), and he had asthma. Some have no will power to quit, some really do not wish to quit though they state otherwise, and some do acquire lung cancer but not all. My mother who never smoked a day in her life died of lung cancer. Is it safe to assume the “second hand smoker” is more likely to develop lung cancer than the actual “smoker?” there still isn’t enough data to concur that conclusion. In conclusion, those with a sincere desire to quit manage to do so, and credit which ever medium they happen to be using at the time.

  3. One can truly quick smoking when one “wants” to quit!

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