We all know that smoking is dangerous, not only to one’s own self but to every single person close to you. Once you light up a cigarette, it’s not only you that inhales the smoke. We also know the major consequences that smoking can bring: the addiction, the diseases, shorter life expectancy, and of course, death.
Some people have smoked their whole lives. The habit usually starts out of curiosity and peer pressure. It also doesn’t help that smoking supposedly projects a “macho” image with no thanks to many cigarette companies’ advertisement campaigns. Most of us have at least tried a single puff just to say we’ve tried it. But sadly, that single puff can turn into a habit that lasts a lifetime. And for the most of us, it usually does. A lot of people, especially the older ones, can only express regret when there’s already a lifethreatening condition that afflicts them. It doesn’t always have to be that way.
Let us take Mr. Garcia as our example. He has been smoking since the age of 13 and has never had any kind of sickness or disease catch him while smoking a single pack per day. Not until two years ago, that is, when an 81-year old Mr. Garcia was admitted in a hospital due to pneumonia. His lungs were barely visible when a chest X-ray was taken.
Mr. Garcia, who has never went through any kind of hospitalization in his life, was now in a hospital bed attached to an IV unit. In a span of five days, he received more medications than he has ever taken during his lifetime. Right then and there, he was advised to stop his lifelong habit, and he did despite how hard it was.
Like most people going through quitting the habit, the withdrawal period can get tricky. One must have the will and strength to control the craving and fight the urge. One has to, if you really want your life back.
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