Reasons to smoke?

According to recently collected statistical date, one of four adult people in the country still smoke cigarettes cheap, though they are aware of all the risks related to smoking.  Of course, one might say that there is a great decrease in this number as compared to the one in two of the population who puffed when smoking was on its peak popularity in the 1950s. Moreover, from the total number of all smokers seven out of 10 want to give up, but the remaining group can not or would not quit. Why? Well, there is a number of reasons they keep lighting up.


According to psychologist Michael James nicotine has antidepressant features, and can be used to alter the mood. He believes that the majority of smokers are trying to medicate themselves for depression while they smoke, since they think that it could contribute to struggle with stress.

The psychologist believes that public smoking ban would isolate depressed smokers even more. On the other hand this ban could be like a red flag to a bull for smokers raising in them a strong wish to dismiss the rules and behave ugly in desire to show their uniqueness and independence of spirit. Therefore, smoking ban legislation has got out the mutinous teens in adults.

The saddest thing is that the tobacco companies have been encouraging smokers to feel like a persecuted genuine minority for a long time. Even the slogan from the tobacco industry-funded Forest (Freedom Organization for the Right to Enjoy Smoking) says: “I smoke because I am not a coward”.


Here, we can speak of two widespread addictions. The first one is caused by nicotine itself which is a chemical less hazardous than caffeine but still creates the dependence. The second addiction is caused by the way of nicotine delivery.  When the nicotine is delivered to the brain, several brain receptors use it to stimulate production of dopamine, the hormone which makes us feel pleasure. Once the effect passes, you want another cigarette to overcome nervousness, agitation and depression. There can be diverse degrees of addiction subject to the number of cigarettes smoked, the age when a person begins smoking and other factors.

The desire to be cool

Tobacco companies have succeed in convincing people that smoking is a stylish and glamorous habit, and forms essential part of male courage and female elegance. The marketers of various cigarette brands have created a unique image of a glamorous celebrities puffing on their cig. The image is rather alluring for those who want to resemble their favorite celebrities.

Yet despite all the warnings, women still use nicotine to look slim since it has been proven that nicotine can be used to suppress the appetite. Fears about uncontrolled weight gain can be a major reason to continue on smoking for women.


Do you imagine your life without for example reading a newspaper, having a cup of tea in the morning or going to the shower after work? Of course, no since all these practices form part of every day life, they are habits. Thus, another strong reason for not giving up smoking is the habit of having 10 cigarettes when charting, working or reading. All these things keep people lighting up.

Social situation

The way of living and social situation plays an important role in the spread of smoking. All kinds of deprivation seem to raise the strength of nicotine addiction. According to statistics, the highest level of nicotine dependency is at the bottom of the social ladder. The overwhelming majority of prisoners smoke, and the habit has a big power among single mothers, immigrants, and those with mental health problems.

Being a health minister,  John Reid provoked a stir by claiming that smoking was the only pleasure available for people living in need. This also can be explained by the fact that people living in smoking environment are more likely to begin smoking too.

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