For many years, many people thought that smoking especially in public was very cool. In some quarters people used to think that you become superior than your peers when you smoke.
For many years, many people thought that smoking especially in public was very cool. In some quarters people used to think that you become superior than your peers when you smoke. Others thought by puffing away you get more confidence and sophistication. Holding a cigarette between your fingers inspired ones peers to join ones circle or group. People used to believe that a smoker is more mature than non smokers. It was also believed that smoking was supposed to attract the opposite sex. By fashionably smoking away most people especially the male believed you become
more virile. The more cigarettes one had at any given time was seen as a status symbol.
One might wonder why everything was seen as cool and fashionable especially when linked with virility. Let us get started with the cigarette business and how it has turned mankind into addicts and bringing them to their knees. Globally, statistics through surveys have shown the harmful and negative effects of cigarettes to the body. The results show how the habit is harmful to the body and causes deaths which can only be compared to the destruction and the deaths caused by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in Japan many years ago. Just like these bombings, deaths caused by smoking are alarming though they take effect silently.
It is therefore no wonder that scientists have labeled smoking as the most lethal and yet the largest preventable cause of premature respiratory disease and premature or early deaths. Statistics indicate that every minute one in fifteen adults die of lung cancer. The addictive nature of smoking results in over five million deaths per year. This figure covers the general use of tobacco; not only smoking but also chewing it as betel leaves as well as inhaling it deadly snuff. Despite these facts, people continue smoking and thus approximately 15 billion sticks of cigarettes are sold and consumed daily. This leaves the begging question: who smokes this much and why? This is a huge figure.
Originally, approximately on in every three cigarettes were being consumed in the Western Pacific regions of the world and the trends have changed shifting the trends to developing countries especially in the African continent. This is true because up until recently most governments perceived this business as adding economic value to their operations. This huge tobacco market is only controlled by a few global corporations’ namely American, British and Japanese multinational conglomerates.