Smoking has a very well-known list of side effects; this list includes cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer, infertility, stillbirth, and low birth weight, among many other health complications. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “the adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.” The negative effects of smoking are clearly understood; even casual smoking can be detrimental and should be avoided. That being said, as with alcohol consumption, there are varying degrees of smoking. Individuals who are addicted to nicotine become dependent on cigarettes, and should seek help.
Though it may seem that the mere act of smoking is indication enough, there are actually varying stages of this habit. In severe cases, individuals will “chain smoke” on nearly a nearly continuous basis. How can you tell if you or someone you know has a smoking problem? Here is a list of potential indicators:
Please note that this is not a complete and definite list. However, most of these traits are associated with a smoking problem. If any of the above habits describe you or someone that you know, the offending individual may want to seek professional medical attention to quit smoking.
Nicotine is a very strong drug. To conquer your addiction, you may want to consider several different options.
If you are a smoker, relax and take a breath—you can and will quit. If someone that you love is a smoker, you can help them quit through these simple measures. Regardless, take comfort in the fact that there is a solution. Smoking can be overcome and doing so can have a positive, lasting impact on a person’s quality of life—be it yours or a family member’s!