Why I won’t quit smoking!
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times. — Mark Twain
Yeah, that was me a few years back. Always trying to quit smoking.
But not anymore. And you shouldn’t bother quitting it too if you like it.
Here is why:
Health effects of smoking are Bullsh*t
When I was new to cigarettes, I always thought of it as a temporary thing. Like I had in mind that eventually sooner or later I will quit it. As in the back of my mind, I had this conscious that smoking is bad. The reason behind this thought was being aware of its long-term health effects and cancer-causing diseases as advertised everywhere. Maybe, I was afraid of dying young.
But one day a thought flashed through my mind.
I looked around my surroundings and observed most regular smokers living a healthy life in their old age. And then there were people who have never smoked a single cigarette yet died before reaching their 50s or 60s.
It made me realized that cigarette alone is not a concern for living a longer and healthier life. Many other things matter as much if not more than smoking.
Ease of Mind — Satisfaction
Whenever I stopped smoking, it gave me an unsatisfied feeling. Like something is missing. Or I have lost a fun activity.
Cigarettes are more like a snack for me. When I am brainstorming strategies at work or having a drink, it is an awesome company. Who wouldn’t want that?
I guess it is worth the feeling.
It kills Anxiety and Stress
Being a workaholic, my work requires extreme focus, which at times gives me anxiety and stress. Guess who comes to my rescue? Cigarettes…
Cigarettes are something that encounters it. It is a quick way to keep calm and relax.
And this is just not my opinion. Many researchers have proved it with the evidence. Similarly, research from the International Journal of Psychophysiology concludes their experiment by saying
In both Experiments 1 and 2, the subjective rating results also suggested that cigarette smoking decreased anxiety. Taken together, both the physiological (LPP) and the psychological responses from our study suggest that cigarette smoking perhaps relieves stress.
I think there is no point left to argue why I and you should stick to what we love.
On the contrary, If I really wanted to quit, I strongly believe I can; the problem is I never really feel like I want to stop. Yet, I know the benefits of quitting.
I’m not a heavy smoker by any means. In short, by smoking only 3 cigarettes a day, I consider it relativity fine than quitting altogether.
The bottom line is this: moderate smoking is fine if you eat a healthy diet, exercise 3 or 4 times a week, and as long as it helps you in your work commitments.
Cheers to all smokers!