Nicotine addiction is a problem, and most smokers do want to kick the habit. But the cure can be worse than the disease for many smokers. That’s why it often takes several attempts to kick nicotine addiction and stay cigarette-free long term.
It’s rare to find a cigarette smoker who has no clue of the health tolls associated with smoking tobacco. After all, they are listed on the sides of the cigarette packs. Unfortunately, nicotine is an addictive drug as noted by the National Institute on Drug Addiction and most often started before the age of 20 when decision making skills are not honed. So the patterns are set during the formative years and become, in essence, a part of who and how the smoker views himself or herself.
It’s November and time again for The Great American SmokeOut, which annually falls on the third Thursday in November. The American Cancer Society, who sponsors this day, sheds light on the smoking situation here in the U.S. 47 million American adults currently smoke. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for BOTH men and women. Females, who used to be in the small minority, are now making up nearly 40% of all smoking-related deaths and the number is steadily increasing, due to an increasing number of girls taking up the habit.